Vanilla Hojicha

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185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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From American Tea Room

A twist on this classic Japanese roasted tea with a blend of leaf and stem scented with highly aromatic vanilla.

Temperature: 185F
Infusion Time: 2 Minutes
Caffeine Level: Light
Origin: Japan

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Also from last night’s Elementaryfest. I wanted to like this, love a good hojicha and the idea of adding a scrumptious vanilla element sounds promising, but it didn’t really deliver. It wasn’t bad tasting at all, but relatively weak in the roasty satisfying flavor department (Golden Moon’s is still my favorite), and the vanilla doesn’t integrate that smoothly with the hojicha profile. Kind of understandable though, as vanilla is often tricky to make mesh well, where it’s soft and warming and smoothly combined; I’ve tried a lot of teas where it’s just an oddly medicinal/numbing harsh element that sits distinct on top of the base unpleasantly. It isn’t quite that degree of offputting here, but it isn’t smooth or comforting either but oddly both weak and distinct. Ah well.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Ah, thank you! I was curious about this one too…pretty sure it’s still sitting in my ATR cart, but it can go now. Very helpful.

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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).

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Not my personal cuppa, but worth a try, especially since ATR has samples. Definitely very interesting. I finished off my sample (each teaspoon steeped twice), but I wouldn’t buy this for myself.

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i really disliked this one. smells nice, but has a very strange aftertaste.

185 °F / 85 °C

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