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Yamamotoyama

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I have not had hojicha for at least ten years, and this was a pleasant change.

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Why so long?

Spencer

Many other teas to try in the meantime, and I never came back to trying any other hojicha. The first one was a vanilla hojicha that I had, when I was a complete tea n00b. I actually bought this on a whim, while browsing for another tea at a Japanese grocery store.

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drank Hoji-cha by Yamamotoyama
311 tasting notes

Thanks to Stephanie for this one!

I’ve never had hojicha before, so I was a little apprehensive. Unnecessarily so, as it turns out. This ain’t half bad. It smells and tastes like near-burnt toast. This is pretty one-note, but nice. It went well with a bagel and cream cheese (I tasted it on its own first to evaluate the flavor).

Stephanie

Yeah, it’s bagged so mediocre quality, but good intro houjicha

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This tea is very strange. It has a unique flavour and aroma. In my particular experience with this tea, I first had a nutty and earthy aroma and taste which ended up developing into a fishy flavour! I don’t know if I ruined the tea by overheating but I couldn’t drink the last serving, which is supposed to be the nicest part of the tea, due to the overwheliming fish flavour. I will say this though it leaves a lovely nutty flavour in your throat!

Flavors: Fish Broth, Nuts

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 240 ML

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I quite like this tea for its strong, nutty brown rice flavor, and its ease of preparation (pre-bagged) when I want genmai-cha but don’t want to deal with loose tea. I’ve found that the flavor is best when made with very hot water. When I try to brew it at work with the hot water from the water dispenser, the flavor is weak and pretty flat. But put it in a cup of nearly-boiling water and the flavor really blooms. It has a smell almost like broth – very rich and filling. The caffeine is low enough that I can drink several cups in a row, but just enough to give me a mild pep-up.

P.S. Please keep in mind that I am talking about an ease-of-preparation tea, not a fine loose tea. I wouldn’t treat (or rate) a fine loose tea on the same spectrum.

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The green tea I always turn to even through trying more expensive tea bags and loose tea. Dependable, smooth, a mild nuttiness, ever so slightly grassy (not the dominant flavor), pleasant warm, somewhat nutty aftertaste. Very pleasing any time of day.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Apple Green Tea by Yamamotoyama
501 tasting notes

Apple Green Tea – Yamamotoyama – 2/6/14
4 minutes, 175 degrees.

I also forgot I was steeping this. I’ve been scatterbrained today with trying to get all of this work done but also drink my teas.

The dry smell from the opened package is very very apple. Nice bright and crisp and a little reminiscent of apple candies. Steeped the apple candy smell is a bit stronger and when I sip without sugar added, the tea is mostly green tea but at the end of the sip there is a little nip of the apple flavour that can’t be missed.

Sweetened, this tastes exactly like a liquid apple jolly rancher. So very very similar. It took me a bit to figure out what I was tasting since I haven’t had a jolly rancher of any flavour except the red kind in a long time but it is definitely apple candy I’m tasting, not really true apple. That doesn’t mean it’s unpleasant by any means, I like it, but if anyone is looking for an apple tea that tastes like actual apples, this one isn’t it.

Coordination sheet Critical is ready for first signing! Now I need to do all of the stupid text attachments. Coordination sheet Less Critical just got the work amount doubled so I now need to do that. Stupid being inquisitive and asking if their request was complete or if they needed THIS piece over HERE too.

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I was feeling a little bit nauseous this morning and reached for this tea. Still not feeling great, but it did help settle a little bit by getting something in my stomach. I didn’t even finish my cup, which normally I do. When my boyfriend comes into my office and I have this tea, he always asks if I am eating toast or popcorn. To sum it up, it’s toasty ;)

I steeped this for far too long this morning, causing it to be a little strong for my liking.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Hope the nausea goes away…not a pleasant feeling at all.

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drank Decaf Genmai Cha by Yamamotoyama
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This is my go-to easy Genmaicha tea. I have bought loose varieties before and haven’t been able to come close to what they taste like when you have them at your favourite sushi joint. This tea tastes the closest. It might not be the most sophisticated, but it is definitely affordable. I’m disappointed at the reviews for it on here, but I understand. The only other tea I’ve tried that even comes close to the “sushi” taste it he DT one.

At first sniff: I don’t really smell a whole lot… maybe toasted rice.

At first steep: Toasted rice and green (if you can imagine what green smells like.) It tastes toasty and crisp. It’s probably my favourite thing to drink first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. I don’t always make breakfast first thing, but want something. Sometimes I reach for a breakfast black, but when I have this stocked, I reach for this 9 times out of 10. I guess familiarity rings true when rating teas and this is why I rate it so high :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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My dad had boxes and boxes of this tea in his house so I decided to take a box and try it out (sssshh, don’t tell him). It’s OK. I kind of like the brown rice flavor and it’s pretty good considering the price. I probably wouldn’t have tried it if I didn’t get it for free.

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Aroma is grassy, papaya, and a very light shellfish.

Luckily there wasn’t any of the shellfish present in the taste. Papaya, grassy, hay, light lemon, and a light bitterness mid-sip.

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We enjoy the light toasted brown rice flavor of this green tea. It’s good hot, cold or room temp.

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drank Sencha by Yamamotoyama
5 tasting notes

Light roast flavor, light bitterness, light floral, light lemon, grassy. A good bulk cheap tea that’s suitable for everyday drinking.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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I am new to tea tasting and the tea life. I tasted Genmai Cha Green tea with roasted brown rice and found the first tea worth giving and writing about in my life. I was curious to see how the rice would come across in the brew. Steep just under 3 minutes to get more ricey blend.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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drank Sencha by Yamamotoyama
7 tasting notes

This is my everyday sencha, but I only have it iced (steep in fridge 4 hrs-overnight). Lovely ‘buttery’ flavor. Definitely not traditional, but if you add a tiny pinch of saffron when cold-brewing, it’s just amazing.

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drank Jasmine Tea by Yamamotoyama
1608 tasting notes

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drank Jasmine Tea by Yamamotoyama
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I love yamamotoyama tea bags for when I’m on the road because they’re so convenient. I buy a box from the local asian market before I go on any trip lasting longer than a week that involves hotel stays. I do think that it’s the best quality bagged jasmine tea I’ve come across and you really can’t beat $1.99 per box. It’s floral without being over the top and doesn’t need anything added to it. The biggest plus is that they still steep up well even if you aren’t using boiling water as recommended. You lose a little bit of the flavor, but not enough to make the cup unenjoyable.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
K S

I have not tried this one but have enjoyed several other Yamamotoyama teas. One of my favorite bagged tea companies.

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drank Genmai Cha by Yamamotoyama
35 tasting notes

I’m not a huge fan of green tea, but I really enjoy this one. I probably enjoy this tea so much because roasted brown rice is flavor is so strong.

I would describe this tea as almost savory. Because of that quality it is a great mealtime tea.

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drank Hojicha by Yamamotoyama
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Today I have been drinking cheap bagged tea because last night I burnt my tongue on some (presuambly) delicious Indian soup I made and it STILL hurts and my taste has been dulled :(

Usually if I burn my tongue it feels fine the next day! This is too weird!

Stephanie

Having said all that, I do find this cheap Hojicha oddly comforting! The roastiness reminds me a bit of genmaicha :)

Dexter3657

Hmmm interesting, I have some hojicha I haven’t tried, really should dig that out and give it a go if it’s like genmaicha.

K S

Hope the burn heals quickly. I hate it when that happens. Yamamotoyama is one of my favorite cheapster steepsters and this hojicha has been in my stash for quite a while.

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