Found this one in a Japanese market several months back, along with a gorgeous moss-green kyusu (Japanese tea pot with the side handle) and a few other teas.

It took me the longest time, and much trial and error, before I could consistently brew Japanese green teas well, but it’s paid off. They tend to have such crisp, cleansing flavors. I love drinking them in the evening.

This is a hojicha, so it’s a blend of roasted tea and roasted rice. So the flavor is this combination of grassy and, as one of my former bosses once described sake, “burnt rice krispies.” Normally I don’t like roasty flavors – I know a lot of people find them warm and comforting, but for some reason I feel them between my eyes.

This tea’s not my favorite, but I still kinda like it. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s nice and crisp or because I just like trying teas. I’d say it’s good quality.

Flavors: Grass, Rice, Roasted

150 °F / 65 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The name’s Holly. 27. Work for a small IT company. About to finish a Master’s degree this winter. ISFJ for what it’s worth. I play various instruments (mostly bass guitar right now), attempt to write songs that I’m too scared to play for anyone, and I’m currently taking voice lessons. I also enjoy starting various hobbies, wearing monochromes, writing, cooking, taking walks, and various and sundry other things…

I’ve been a tea drinker since spring of 2013. Tea is a source of happiness, positivity, curiosity, and relaxation (…and caffeine) for me.

I’ve been on and off this site over the years, and I even had a separate tea blog at one point. For now, I’m just working on getting back in the habit of enjoying tea regularly and to its fullest.

Love: Malty Chinese black teas, shu/ripe pu erhs, soft flowery teas (esp. jasmine teas)

Like: Japanese green teas, sheng/ripe pu erhs, white teas

Still trying to get into: Most oolongs, chai teas

Not crazy about: Roasty teas, fruity teas, rooibos, many (not all) herbal teas

90-100: YEAH!
80-89: Nice! This is good stuff.
70-79: Respectable tea.
60-69: Not bad.
50-59: Middling. Not really worth it.
25-49: Eeeeeugh. Not good.
0-24: Did you know you can use tea leaves as odor absorbent?



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