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Hmmm, I guess I never tea logged this tea?
I did a blog post on this tea when my crazy tea blog was new http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/houji-genmaicha-from-dens-tea-tea-review/

I’m on a Houjicha run today, this being the 3rd type to drink. Thankfully this tea has little in caffeine.

I didn’t follow Den’s steeping instructions, but Yunomi’s http://yunomi.us/713/standard-steeping-technique/

Anyways, I’m thinking I’m preferring Yunomi’s teas as they seem more intense in flavor. Den’s, though this is a genmaicha, is light and has a vegetal brothyness to it with a peep of roasty flavor. The resteep does have a nice buttery flavor, which I enjoyed. Overall, I’d probably not buy more of this and go with a straight smokey strong houjicha instead.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Zack S.

What are your favorite kinds of of strong, smokey houjichas that you would recommend?

Zack S.

I’m definitely gonna put an order on that website, they seem to have a lot of cheap sample sizes so I’ll probably just go crazy on a big order. Any must-have recommendations from them?

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

I’d snag a Gyokuro for sure, I liked the heritage ones. I also really liked making my own genmaicha with their genmai + whatever base (houjicha was good, so was their Obubu Sencha)
They have some experimental stuff – like Japanese Oolongs, I haven’t tried my sample yet to know if its good or not.

And if you want something very unique http://yunomi.us/shelf/tisanes/sakura-tea/

Zack S.

Thanks for the recommendations! I ended up placing an order for over 500g with about 20 teas, including the ones you mentioned. Can’t wait for it to arrive, the suspense is intense O_O"

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Zack S.

What are your favorite kinds of of strong, smokey houjichas that you would recommend?

Zack S.

I’m definitely gonna put an order on that website, they seem to have a lot of cheap sample sizes so I’ll probably just go crazy on a big order. Any must-have recommendations from them?

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

I’d snag a Gyokuro for sure, I liked the heritage ones. I also really liked making my own genmaicha with their genmai + whatever base (houjicha was good, so was their Obubu Sencha)
They have some experimental stuff – like Japanese Oolongs, I haven’t tried my sample yet to know if its good or not.

And if you want something very unique http://yunomi.us/shelf/tisanes/sakura-tea/

Zack S.

Thanks for the recommendations! I ended up placing an order for over 500g with about 20 teas, including the ones you mentioned. Can’t wait for it to arrive, the suspense is intense O_O"

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I’m a crafty knitter and crocheter that loves to work on a project and drink tea. I worked as a counsellor and I chain-drink tea to keep me calm and grounded.

I’m a tea blogger – The Oolong Owl
www.OolongOwl.com – I do tea reviews, obsessively photograph teas with mischievous crocheted Owls and get tea drunk.

I was raised on floral oolongs and green teas, mostly “beauty” teas. Early on as a kid, I can guzzle an entire pot of tea (or two) at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant.
These days I like adventurous and interesting tea blends. I’m fearless in trying new teas! I’m into oolong, pu’erh, white, green, black, guayusa, mate and herbals. I’m not into red rooibos but I keep buying it anyway.

The tea brand that got me started into loose leaf teas was DAVIDsTea. I used to live in Vancouver Canada and had access to their shop, however that is now limited since I moved to southern California.

However, the perks of living in the US is ultra cheap, fast shipping! Since then, my tea stash insanely expanded.
My recommended tea shops:
Mandala Tea
Steep City Teas
Butiki Teas
DAVIDsTea
Della Terra Teas
Lupicia
Verdant Tea
Yunnan Sourcing
52 Teas / Zoomdweebies
Yunomi.us
Red Leaf Tea
New Mexico Tea Co
Bluebird Tea Co
The Persimmon Tree

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

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