Also from last night’s Elementaryfest. I wanted to like this, love a good hojicha and the idea of adding a scrumptious vanilla element sounds promising, but it didn’t really deliver. It wasn’t bad tasting at all, but relatively weak in the roasty satisfying flavor department (Golden Moon’s is still my favorite), and the vanilla doesn’t integrate that smoothly with the hojicha profile. Kind of understandable though, as vanilla is often tricky to make mesh well, where it’s soft and warming and smoothly combined; I’ve tried a lot of teas where it’s just an oddly medicinal/numbing harsh element that sits distinct on top of the base unpleasantly. It isn’t quite that degree of offputting here, but it isn’t smooth or comforting either but oddly both weak and distinct. Ah well.