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Very, very interesting tea taste. I mixed the water and powder (which I thought was matcha, but turned out to be brown Hojicha…gotta read the label).
So after mixing and whisking this Hojicha, I let it cool for a second and sipped it. Of course I believe that in the first sip or so is where you notice the most flavor. Here’s what I tasted:
- Coffee. Since Hojicha is roasted in a ceramic pot over charcoal, it was no surprise that the powder was NOT bright green, but a light brown (almost looked like sawdust).
- Chocolatey Sweetness. Now notice I didn’t say chocolate outright. I thought about it, but the fact that it didn’t taste like the cocoa bean, but rather the sweet taste of it in GENERAL was what I noticed.
- Flavorful note aftertaste. I’m not sure how to explain this, but the aftertaste of this stuck on my tongue, probably due to its powderyness. Anyway, there was an almost sticky-sweet aftertaste, like a donut taste or something. I don’t know, a bit tough to explain really. Verry pleasing though.
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Matcha. Wow. This is probably the most bizarre type of tea I have had in a long time. It’s SO different from anything I have ever had and is incredibly strong. I’m not surprised at this fact though, considering it is the pure leaf ground up and mixed with hot water.
My first thoughts when I tasted this were BAM! and STRONG!
How I made it:
Two bamboo scoops of Matcha powder (in Matcha bowl)
3 Oz of spring water at 185 Degrees Fahrenheit
*STRONG Grassy/vegetal tones, almost overpowering
*It’s “darker,” in the sense that it’s a lot heavier than your typical green tea, much more punch to it
*THICK! Boy I wasn’t ready for this at ALL. I can still feel some of the stuff on my tongue even after I am done drinking it! This is incredibly potent, due to the ratio of powder to water.
- Finally, it has a sweetness to it in the back of the throat/aftertaste. Absolutely delicious even after I was done drinking it. It lingers for awhile, which can be blasted away with some hot water swishing, but I love the way it tastes!
I’m going to be honest, at first I hated it. Then I added a bit more water to the mixture and LOVED it! I think my first taste was bad only because I didn’t stir it enough and got some powder in my teeth ;). I’m so glad I bought this Matcha kit, it is so tasty! I can’t wait to try the other samples I got!
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