Maybe I just don’t like bancha hojicha, and it’s not Choice’s fault, but this is actually the only tea that I’ve ever really disliked. I’ve tried it a good 3 or 4 times. I’ll give it another shot or two, maybe my tastes will change over time.
“Maybe I just don't like bancha hojicha, and it's not Choice's fault, but this is actually the only tea that I've ever really disliked. I've tried it a good 3 or 4 times. I'll give it another shot...” Read full tasting note
“Okay, I owe this tea an apology. It turns out that the awful taste that I first experienced was not the tea's fault - instead, it was lovely Santa Barbara's water, which is all sorts of foul...” Read full tasting note
“I just bought my second box a few days ago while looking for a different tea. Can't say it's anything spectacular, but perhaps a good staple tea.” Read full tasting note
Honor both mind and body with a cup of this distinctive tea, a daily staple in Japanese life. Immediately after harvest, our growers steam the green tea leaves, then carefully roast them in the Hojicha style. This tea has a smooth, toasty flavor that’s refreshing and renewing.
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Okay, I owe this tea an apology. It turns out that the awful taste that I first experienced was not the tea’s fault – instead, it was lovely Santa Barbara’s water, which is all sorts of foul tasting.
I had a different tea, which I knew should not have tasted oily and evil, but did. So I switched from the tap water to bottled filtered stuff to brew tea. And magically, the tea stopped tasting awful.
It’s still bagged tea so the quality is nowhere near what a loose hojicha would be, but it’s decent, and caffeinated, and doesn’t make me want to gag because it tastes like sweet oil.
Seriously, what the heck is up with the tap water here?