The idea of this tea is really brilliant, and it seems like it would be a great evening tea, as its little or no caffeine.
However, the execution wasn’t exactly as I’d hoped. The vanilla smell is present in the leaf, but not quite as strongly as I expected. Then, in the cup, there is a creaminess, and perhaps a little vanilla present, but again, not enough. The houjicha is of course delicious.
This tea is good, but it would be even better if the blend was more balanced (a good mix of both vanilla and roasted leaf).