This is my first Den’s Tea and I’m REALLY excited. I’ve been wanting to try Den’s for a while! Dry loose smells like gently toasted nuts or oats, even. The liquid post infusion is even more gentle in scent. It’s very light in color. It a bit on the mellower-side than I assumed…which isn’t a bad thing…just an observation, really. It’s a toasty, semi-sweet, honey-like flavor with woodsy aftertastes to it. This is a pretty solid Houjicha! I have had some ‘iffy’ ones but this makes me want to voluntarily try more and start even liking them more than before. Well Done.
It is made with only the stems of high quality Tencha. The stems are lightly roasted to bring out their natural flavor. It is rare tea even in Japan and only sold at Den’s Tea in North America.
Origin: Nisho, Aichi
Harvest: First Flush 2009
Unique flavor that is elegantly smoky like aromatic wood and naturally sweet like honey.
Den’s Preferred Brewing:
Water: 4oz boilded
Leaves: 2 grams or 1 rounded teaspoon
Steep: 120 sec
2nd Cup: Water Boiled; Steep 30 sec