I tried some Hoji-cha in Japan and was so excited to see it here in the USA imported. This one was pretty meh. I didn’t really enjoy it at all – so little that I ended up giving the box away to a friend. The taste was very plain and watery, and it didn’t have the interesting complex flavors that I had enjoyed in Japan. It wasn’t at a fancy place either, just at a random small local restaurant in Kyoto. I think this one maybe is just very cheap, the price was certainly right. I think I’ll have to search around for a better Hoji-cha before I make a real judgement on the variety of tea itself. I wanted to like it a lot but found myself not really enjoying it at all.