Many thanks to the quiet life for sharing this tea with me. This tea smells very toasty and nutty, similar to a genmaicha but without the buttery aspect of the sencha. The taste is much the same, very nutty and slightly toasted. I think I may like this as much or better than genmaicha because with genmaicha I’m always wanting more of a buttery quality…but with this, it is perfect – I’m not expecting butter and I’m not getting it, just toasty and nutty tea that is extremely smooth.
Hojicha is made of Japanese bancha tea, a mixture of pan-fired and slow roasted green tea leaves that yield a rich, nutty brew. Escape and find your retreat overlooking a glistening Lake Motosuko in the Japanese Alps with this organic green tea. Within the green tea category, Hojicha contains lower levels of caffeine.