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drank Houjicha Ichiban by Steepster
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OK, I do like houjicha. That being said, it seems the houjichas that are made with a lot of stem* are not for me . I brought something similar to this back from Japan and didn’t like that either. The woodyness, hay? flavor of this type of houjicha is just not for me. I don’t like the taste it leaves in my mouth. There are some other notes in this tea that are pretty pleasant. There is a caramel taste somewhere in there, that LIES to me and says “oh, this tea is actually pretty good”, right before the taste of wood punches me in the face.

*Is there actually a difference in houjichas being made from stems vs leaves? I feel like I’ve had hojichas before that I have LOVED, but they weren’t like this. What is the difference here? Am I confusing the “leafy” hojicha with something else?

Angrboda

There is something called kukicha (or some such) which is made from stems. Perhaps the stem-y hojichas you’ve had were made from roasted kukicha instead of bancha? I don’t know anything about this, actually, it just strikes me as plausible.

Andie

Hmm thanks for that thought, Angrboda. I will have to do some research on that when I get a chance.

CHAroma

Houjicha is roasted green tea. It’s my understanding that you can take bancha (green tea leaves) or kukicha (green tea stems) and either would produce houjicha upon roasting. I personally like both varieties. But it is perfectly plausible that you prefer one over another.

Andie

Thanks CHAroma!

CHAroma

Glad to help. :) You have the cutest dog ever, by the way. “wow. much class.” LOL! I love it!

Andie

Hehehe thank you :)

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Angrboda

There is something called kukicha (or some such) which is made from stems. Perhaps the stem-y hojichas you’ve had were made from roasted kukicha instead of bancha? I don’t know anything about this, actually, it just strikes me as plausible.

Andie

Hmm thanks for that thought, Angrboda. I will have to do some research on that when I get a chance.

CHAroma

Houjicha is roasted green tea. It’s my understanding that you can take bancha (green tea leaves) or kukicha (green tea stems) and either would produce houjicha upon roasting. I personally like both varieties. But it is perfectly plausible that you prefer one over another.

Andie

Thanks CHAroma!

CHAroma

Glad to help. :) You have the cutest dog ever, by the way. “wow. much class.” LOL! I love it!

Andie

Hehehe thank you :)

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