Houji-cha (Premium Tea Bag)

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200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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  • “Sipdown…finally finishing this up after it’s sat in my cupboard for seriously about 3-4 years. I’m enjoying this last cup, but I don’t think I’ll restock it. I’d rather have a whole leaf, fresh...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Dangerously Toasty! Recieved this sample with the Shin-Cha that I won from the Steepster contest! Thanks for shipping to Canada Maeda-En! Why did I choose this one to try first? Because Houji-cha...” Read full tasting note
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    JonTea 51 tasting notes
  • “Nice! I wasn't expecting much from this Houji-cha since it was a bagged Houji-cha, but, it is very flavorful. Roasty, toasty, and honey-caramel-y sweet! YUM!” Read full tasting note
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    LiberTEAS 4641 tasting notes
  • “Full disclosure: this tea was sent to me as a free sample by the vendor. However, there was no expectation that I would provide a review. Still at work, so let's keep drinking tea. I've had enough...” Read full tasting note
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    the_skua 207 tasting notes

From Maeda-en

Craving a good cup of toasty tea, but not in the mood to deal with the mess? We have just the solution for you!
Maeda-en is proud to offer you deliciousness and convenience all at the same time: crushed Houji-cha (roasted green tea) leaves are packed in mesh pyramid bags for the maximum steeping & easy clean up. It brews the beautiful dark amber, and tastes just like a whole leaf brew!

Brew 1 tea bag in 8 oz of par-boil water, and swish around for 30 seconds to up to a minute. For a great cold-brew, stick one tea bag in a bottle of water and shake vigorously!

About Maeda-en View company

Maeda-En has been in business for the last 25 years as an importer, manufacturer and wholesaler of green tea & green tea desserts. Our Japanese grown, fresh quality green teas are shipped directly from our production factory in Japan to the states and then world-wide.

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Sipdown…finally finishing this up after it’s sat in my cupboard for seriously about 3-4 years. I’m enjoying this last cup, but I don’t think I’ll restock it. I’d rather have a whole leaf, fresh houjicha. Not much more to say about it than what I have in the past. See my other tasting note.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Dangerously Toasty! Recieved this sample with the Shin-Cha that I won from the Steepster contest! Thanks for shipping to Canada Maeda-En! Why did I choose this one to try first? Because Houji-cha seemed fun to say at the time. So the tea smelled very roastey toastey a bit like coffee. It seemed very thin and seemed to seep out of the tea bag a little bit. The taste was as toasty as the pungent smell, a tad bitter and at times grassy. Very good for coffee and tea lovers a like because it has a bit of both in terms of flavoring. For a tea bag pretty impressed with the variety of flavors makes me intrigued to try the other samples sent to me!
Funny Dialogue I had with my mom after enjoying this tea:
Me: "Houji-Cha is fun to say! Houji-Cha Houji-Cha Houji-Cha!!! :) "
Mom: Well that’s nice just put your cup in the dishwash-Cha!
LOL I love my mom

Rabs

I love fun-to-say tea names :) And your mom sounds like she’s absolutely wonderful :D

JonTea

lmao me too thats what inticed me to drink this one first! :) she is :) haha thanks :D

TeaEqualsBliss

Dishwash-CHALOVE IT!

__Morgana__

LOL! Sounds like the sort of thing my mom would have said.

JonTea

lol Dishwash-Cha the up and coming tea watch out! LOL :P
ahha :D

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Nice! I wasn’t expecting much from this Houji-cha since it was a bagged Houji-cha, but, it is very flavorful. Roasty, toasty, and honey-caramel-y sweet!

YUM!

TeaEqualsBliss

sounds interesting!

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Full disclosure: this tea was sent to me as a free sample by the vendor. However, there was no expectation that I would provide a review.

Still at work, so let’s keep drinking tea. I’ve had enough caffeine today, so I’ll start to mellow out with something without. I must say I have mixed emotions about houji-cha as a style of tea in the first place. The concept of taking poor quality green tea and roasting it to produce something light, caffeine-free and easy to brew is, in my mind, not something to get all worked up about. On the other hand, it has a nice roasted flavor that’s rare in the tea world outside of a handful of oolongs.

At 200F and 90 seconds this brew comes through a little lighter and littered with dust (again). The flavors are bit coarse and charred. Faint bits of espresso, some tannic, dried autumn leaves and a touch of dark caramel. The body of this tea seems surprisingly thin and really parches out the tongue. I believe I’ve had deeper and fuller examples of the style, so I’ll go ahead and say this isn’t particularly exemplary in my mind.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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after lunch tea :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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