I can’t believe I haven’t touched this one yet! Since Den’s food pairing suggestions haven’t steered me wrong yet, I paired this with a fatty lunch (French onion soup!). The dry leaf smells very nutty, much more so than the Bancha Houjicha. The brewed tea smells very similar, and it’s so roasty that it almost reminds me of a campfire.

Surprisingly, the taste is mild and a little sweet. It’s much mellower compared to the other houjicha I tried, and now I’m glad I got this one in a large size. It’s delicious! There’s some roastiness to it, of course, but to me it’s gentler. I still like the Bancha, but I think I’d restock this quicker if I had to choose.

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Elizabeth, college student, anthropology major, bio and history minor. I love to travel and try new foods (and teas!). I also enjoy music, books, video games as often as I can get my hands on them.

I loved tea as a kid, didn’t drink it for about ten years, and then rediscovered it a couple of years ago. Tea sometimes helps me feel better when chronic illness is making things hard. It’s also fun to experiment with!

I’m still pretty new to the types and brands of tea out there, but I’m interested in trying some of everything. My favorites are earl greys, yunnans, medium-bodied oolongs, Japanese greens, fruit, vanilla, and floral flavors (especially jasmine and rose). My least favorites are teas that are overly smoked, bitter, or contain strong hibiscus or orange peel.


Indiana, U.S.

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