This was apart of a green tea blending starter kit I got from Adagio. I’ve never had a green tea quite like this hojicha. When I opened it up, it had a roasted smell that reminded me of genmaicha. I brewed a pot of this, using water that had been left to cool for a moment or two after boiling. The liquor is a light golden brown. I picked the cup up after letting it come down to drinking temperature to get a smell of it. The “roasted” smell remains, though it’s far from unpleasant.
The taste is the same as the smell. It’s a very nutty, earthy taste, that ends on a slightly tart note. I think this makes for excellent cold weather tea, with its deeper flavor. I’m actually surprised this is a green tea.