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drank Hojicha by Jing Tea
1155 tasting notes

Japanese teas are so fun to say. Hojicha … HOOJICHAA! :)

It always interests me when a green tea is not actually green in colour much like this tea. In appearance Hojicha is brown and looks like autumn leaves with no real significance. They are sharp, crisp and smell like toasted rice cakes.

The Jing packaging says to measure 1 tea spoon of leaves per cup and infuse for 3 minutes. I’m thinking of trying this in my Gongfu so I’m putting one and half spoons of leaves to get two cups worth of tea. (One for me and one for my husband).

Whilst the leaves are steeping I notice that they are floating in the top of my Gongfu, slowly they are sinking down one by one as they expand in the water.

Once infused the tea is a golden yellow colour with a thick rice and floral scent. Very similar to it’s raw form in smell.

My first sips reveal sweetness with toasted rice behind it. It starts of reasonably strong before mellowing out quickly in my mouth which leaves a sweet foggy after taste. It’s similar to Genmaicha or Lan Gui Ren but not as thick or heavy, it most certainly does not taste like a green tea.

The second steep was infused for 4 minutes and it’s much more delicate and for me preferable. It picks up a more pronounced floral hint and the sweetness is much more subtle.

Overall I don’t think this tea is for me, it tastes too similar to many other teas I already have and well it’s just not as nice. I think I will stick with my Lan Gui Ren the next time I want a rice cake tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
CrowKettle

Ah, not one of my favourites either, but it is a good accompaniment to a heavy meal. I’ll have to check out that Lan Gui Ren!

Kasumi no Chajin

interested in Lan Gui Ren now too…even though I adore Hojicha.

KittyLovesTea

It’s not that there is anything wrong with it but nor is there anything special about it either (in my opinion). As for the Lan Gui Ren it was very different yet similar, not only did it have the toasted rice cake charm but it’s also vegetal, sweet and fresh in a floral sort of way. I certainly recommend it :)

darky

hm wanted to try this one sooner or later, but if its really that look a like to genmaicha then i’m probably going to pass

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Okay I am so glad I’m not the only one who has fun saying ho-jee-cha! lol

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CrowKettle

Ah, not one of my favourites either, but it is a good accompaniment to a heavy meal. I’ll have to check out that Lan Gui Ren!

Kasumi no Chajin

interested in Lan Gui Ren now too…even though I adore Hojicha.

KittyLovesTea

It’s not that there is anything wrong with it but nor is there anything special about it either (in my opinion). As for the Lan Gui Ren it was very different yet similar, not only did it have the toasted rice cake charm but it’s also vegetal, sweet and fresh in a floral sort of way. I certainly recommend it :)

darky

hm wanted to try this one sooner or later, but if its really that look a like to genmaicha then i’m probably going to pass

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Okay I am so glad I’m not the only one who has fun saying ho-jee-cha! lol

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I’m 26 years old from Leicester, England named Kayleigh. I have a wonderful husband called Richard whom I am very lucky to have in my life.

I started off many years ago drinking herbal and fruit teas which over time peaked my interest in trying new types. Eventually I began to import and sample many different teas and cultures which I still do today. My life goal is to try as many teas and ways of having tea as possible.

Tea wise my cravings change constantly from pu erh one month to jasmine green to the next and so on.

I adore cats and have four of my own called Honey, Cassie, Mr Soots and Ivory.

I also have two fish tanks which thankfully my cats have no interest in. They house an array of tropical fish and shrimp.

I am a proud vegetarian and have been for the majority of my life. When I say vegetarian I mean just that as well, no fish or seafood, no chicken now and again, no animal products such as gelatine and cochineal.

I also enjoy watching Japanese Anime and horror films.

I am always up for tea swaps so if you see anything in my virtual cupboard then please contact me.

A short list to help swapping with me easier though honestly I am not fussy and am willing to try anything. Plus the notes below are usually, sometimes I love a tea that has an ingredient I tend to dislike and other times I hate a tea that I thought I would love.

Likes: Any fruit but especially melon and orange, vanilla, all tea types (black, green, white etc), nuts (any), flowers, ginger, chai.

Dislikes: Licorice, aniseed, clove, eucalyptus, lavender.

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