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The brewed leaf smells heavenly, all pure and vegetal and green. I let it cool down to 51 C / 124 F so I wouldn’t burn my tongue.

I got this at a tea festival in Portland with Sara in 2019. We both really liked it.

Oh, it has been a while! A slight bitterness and astringency, vegetal notes at the end of the sip, something almost leathery, and I swear candy. I’m really vibing with this tea for the extended winter here. I might keep at it and sip it down.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Candy, Leather, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I have enjoyed various teas most of my life, but have recently started exploring higher-end teas. Still, plain houjicha (loose-leaf or bagged) makes me feel like I’m in Japan.

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