Pumpkin Houjicha

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Calendula Petals, Cinnamon, Ginger, Green Tea, Natural Flavours, Nutmeg
Flavors
Ash, Herbs, Roasted Barley, Spices, Toasted Rice, Wood, Caramel, Pumpkin, Roasted, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Sweet
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Organic
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Average preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 10 oz / 295 ml

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  • “Another sipdown of a smaller sample. I pulled out the little baggy of this when I cleaned and organised my tea drawer and it’s been waiting for me in a focus box ever since. I love houjicha and...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Not my favourite, but a reasonably tasty tea. As expected, love the houjicha base. It tastes more like a cinnamon chai than pumpkin/pumpkin spice, though. A good fall tea.” Read full tasting note
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  • “I am so behind in my tasting notes. I have been enjoying lots of tea lately, I just haven’t had the opportunity to sit and log! Thank you Evol Ving Ness for the sample! Green tea is my least...” Read full tasting note
  • “Another one from evol ving ness this one is a little disappointing. Really nice hojicha flavour but the pumpkin flavouring is insanely subtle. there are hints of cinnamon but overall this is...” Read full tasting note

From 52teas

Tea of the Week for October 26, 2015!

just in time for Halloween, here’s the great Pumpkin Houjicha!

Way back when I had been presented with the opportunity to take over 52Teas from its creator – Frank Horbelt – my plan was to create a Count Chocula type of blend for the week of Halloween. But, I really wanted to first create my ultimate Chocolate flavor before I started doing a lot of chocolate varieties so I decided to put my dreams of a Count Chocula tea off for at least a year and instead do something that I had envisioned back when I created my Lemon Cheesecake Bar Houjicha: Pumpkin Houjicha. When I first started blending the Lemon Cheesecake Bar, the first scent that I experienced was that of the roasted green tea. It smelled nutty and sweet and toasty. It smelled like autumn. So my thoughts then turned to pumpkins and well, I decided that I must make a Pumpkin Houjicha!

So here it is! My top-notch Japanese Houjicha flavored with Pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. I kept the spices simple because I wanted the Houjicha to be the star of this blend. I added some Calendula petals for some visual interest. I fell in love with this tea at first sip, but don’t take my word for it, check out this review of my Pumpkin Houjicha!

Organic ingredients: roasted green tea, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, calendula petals and all-natural flavors.

Steep: 1 1/2 of tea to 12 oz. 180°F water. Steep 2-4 minutes. Allow tea to cool 5-6 minutes after brewing for best flavor.

http://52teas.com/pumpkin-houjicha-taster/

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8 Tasting Notes

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Another sipdown of a smaller sample. I pulled out the little baggy of this when I cleaned and organised my tea drawer and it’s been waiting for me in a focus box ever since. I love houjicha and kukicha for that sweet, toasty flavour. This is more ashy and herbal than I expected, but I do get some spices (either nutmeg or clove). The woody flavour is pleasant. Overall, I think this would have been a tea that absolutely blew me away of I had tried it a year ago before the flavours faded a bit. I do love houjicha blends and I will buy any houjichas that are made in the future.

Flavors: Ash, Herbs, Roasted Barley, Spices, Toasted Rice, Wood

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Not my favourite, but a reasonably tasty tea. As expected, love the houjicha base. It tastes more like a cinnamon chai than pumpkin/pumpkin spice, though. A good fall tea.

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I am so behind in my tasting notes. I have been enjoying lots of tea lately, I just haven’t had the opportunity to sit and log!

Thank you Evol Ving Ness for the sample!

Green tea is my least favourite tea, but this was fairly decent. Not something I would order, but I certainly would not refuse a cup if offered! I’m glad I got to try it.

Sil

i am with you on that one!

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Another one from evol ving ness this one is a little disappointing. Really nice hojicha flavour but the pumpkin flavouring is insanely subtle. there are hints of cinnamon but overall this is more like a plain hojicha than it is a pumpkin one. Thankfully, i like the tastes, so it’s an enjoyable cup of tea. Thanks evol!

Evol Ving Ness

Yep, I find that often the flavourings require more oomph.

Not so much with the various chai blends but others.

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Sipdown (135)!

Thanks Kittenna! I love the idea of flavoured Houjicha; the base just works with so many different kinds of flavours…

I don’t know why, but I brewed this one Gong Fu style in a gaiwan. I think it really boiled down to a matter of convenience; I had all of my Gong Fu supplies upstairs already so I just, you know, went with it. Maybe making this particular tea in that style was a little unconventional, but it sure was tasty!

This had a super strong roasty flavour, as Houjicha often does. I don’t know if I’ve ever tried a Houjicha blend from either Frank or Anne? I know I was really interested in the Lemon Bar Houjicha, but I never got around the trying it. This is the perfect level of roastiness, though! Mmm! I don’t think the pumpkin flavouring is super obvious, it’s more of a subtle pumpkin and cinnamon flavour in the finish. I don’t know if I’d prefer a blatant flavouring or something more subtle like this one?

The flavour fades quickly after two gong fu style infusions; maybe if it was stronger initially the flavour wouldn’t wane so quickly. However, I know that this wasn’t the best way to brew this one initially, so there’s that. And the base does hold up REALLY well after the flavour does fade. So it’s not like it wasn’t enjoyable, anyway.

Conclusion: Yum! I can’t wait to try the other flavoured Houjicha, probably Western style, from Kittenna in the near future.

Sil

totally trying to keep pace with you on sipdowns this weekend for fun :)

Roswell Strange

Good luck, I have all weekend off ;)

Sil

i’m working a release all weekend :)

kristinalee

So, Yunomi sell both a roasted lemongrass herbal and a houjicha-lemongrass blend, which I think sound promising. I’m not big on flavored tea, but I did put these both on my purchase list for this year.

kristinalee

It looks like it’s just the one ingredient — lemongrass — and not a host of chemicals attempting to approach the flavor of lemongrass.

Roswell Strange

Lemon and Houjicha sounds like a good pairing, for sure – though lemongrass in particular is one of my least favourite ingredients used in any tea blend – herbal or otherwise. I’d be much more interested in a houjicha blend that incorporated lemon zest, even though the flavour would likely be more subtle.

kristinalee

Ah, so they wouldn’t work for you then. What about verbena? Lemon zest would be good in a tea…

Evol Ving Ness

Hmm, lemongrass and the roastiness of this base sounds promising, even though I am not a big fan of lemongrass.

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I’ve consumed far more sweets and chocolate this week than is good for me, so much in fact that I was craving a straight not sweet tea. As the day is drawing to a close, I also needed something that wouldn’t jack me up on caffeine, so that ruled out many of the things that I would reach for.

And bingo! Perfect choice.

Recently, I came across a website that suggests steeping Houjicha with boiling water. (Others claim that 195 or so is a good temperature.) I went with boiling. Previously, I had been steeping with lower temperatures.

Life-changing, I tell you. Reduces the sharp bite and replaces it with roasted caramel notes. The tea still has a bit of sourness, but I am finding it far more pleasant than before.

And a good thing too because into the sip down target basket it goes. Such a great thing when one finally finds one’s way around a tea.

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Backlog from October 8th:

This is my first time to try houjicha. It’s definitely an interesting looking tea. The majority of the blend looks like broken twigs. I let this cool 6 minutes per the instructions. I can taste the pumpkin and am certainly picking up on the roasted quality of the tea. This might be good with some agave nectar or maple syrup in place of the honey I’m using. It’s hard to tell if I’m tasting pumpkin or spices since they often go hand in hand. I think it’s the spices I taste most of all. This is kind of strange but I actually prefer this now that it has cooled to room temperature. There is a caramel flavor that I didn’t taste before.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 180 degrees + 4 minutes

I’m getting more of the spices in this second cup.

Flavors: Caramel, Pumpkin, Roasted, Spices

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kristal

I tried houjicha for the first time this year. The smokiness is a bit much for me, but my husband LOVES it. I found for plain houjicha though, 1 steep was all it could handle before it got too weak. Maybe that’s just my preference though :P

Shae

I didn’t notice any smokiness here, but it may have been hiding behind the spices. I know I’ve enjoyed smoky teas before so I’ll be on the lookout for plain houjicha to see if it’s my thing. This one was definitely fun to try. I love all these autumn teas!

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Hello all! Hope you’ve had a great weekend! I’m almost back to the world of tea again. My mom and I made all the flowers for the wedding this weekend out of coffee filters and crepe papers. They look fantastic! Now just have to get the license and the party bus and we are set!

While I was making the flowers, my dad and I had some tea time. Since this tea will officially be hitting the site on October 26th, I thought yesterday would be a great day to try it.

This tea reminds me of pumpkin seeds. Roasted delicious sweet pumpkin seeds with a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon. Really good. I’ve already been told I have to stick to my buying hiatus on this one, but I’d love to get a bigger size. I just adore the roasted flavor mixed with the flavors of a pumpkin pie.

Happy Monday all!

http://www.cuppageek.com/index.php/2015/10/19/pumpkin-houjicha-from-52teas/

Flavors: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Pumpkin, Roasted, Sweet

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