Genmai Hojicha (organic)

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185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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  • “This one’s pretty decent! Thanks to Janelle for sending me some :) The flavour was sweeter and a bit toastier than a regular genmaicha, and I think I may have liked it a bit better. Overall, it was...” Read full tasting note
  • “Dry Leaf Nose: A dark and toasty aroma of roasted rice and roasted tea. Liquor: Rich pure brown, clear to semi opaque liquor with a dark and toasty aroma. Flavour: Prevailing notes of toasty rice...” Read full tasting note
  • “Need more tea! I love toasted rice! And I think Houjicha is a bit underappreciated. This is a good combo! Roasted and savory. It’s also a bit sweet. Very comforting tea. I do feel like...” Read full tasting note
  • “Had a killer craving for popcorn or pringles tonight, and normal genmaicha just didn’t seem toasty enough, and Lapsang/russian caravan wasn’t what I was looking for, so I figured it was a great...” Read full tasting note


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Green tea with roasted rice is a popular drink in Japan, but it’s unusual to see a blend with Hojicha, the roasted green tea. We’ll admit we were a little worried: roasted tea and roasted rice…had we gone too far? Is there such a thing as too much roasting? Thankfully our fears were unfounded: this tasty blend is just roasty enough. It’s sweet, nutty and perfectly balanced. We love it served hot, but for a real treat try it over ice – it’s totally refreshing and surprisingly addictive.

Ingredients: Organic: Hojicha green tea from China, roasted rice.

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Hojicha green tea from China with roasted rice…it is sweet, nutty and vegetal, but I feel it could use a more roasted flavour. I like regular Genmaicha better, but this is still pretty good.

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Sipdown (181/183)!

Severely disappointed to see this sample from Janelle go away! It was so damn good! However, for the moment my sleepiness outweighs my sadness, so I’m keeping this note short. I have an early morning tomorrow, after all…

And maybe a trip to McQuarries’ after work?

PS. Did anyone else watch the HIMYM series finale? I did and I’m SUPER PISSED OFF. I feel so cheated! That was not closure, and I’m so sad to see some of my ships (without giving away spoilers) sink… Not cool.


I am starting to watch HIMYM now.


So much changed in that one episode…!!!


Uh oh. I didn’t want to watch it… now I must.


It was not very good MissB. In fact, the whole hour was more melancholy than comedy.

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it’s good but doesn’t need the roasted rice as the roasted green tea is nutty enough on its own. i found this after i ran out of plain hojicha and was a little disappointed.

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I was really excited to try Organic Genmai Hojicha, because I fell in love with a really similar tea, Genmaicha. They both contain toasted brown rice and green tea leaves, but this tea ^ has toasted green tea leaves.

I must agree, the two teas are extremely similar when it comes to taste, however, this one has a more intense “toasted” flavor. And I would understand that this would not really appeal to everyone, but I think both are absolutely amazing. There is also a really intense brown rice flavor in the tea.

The toasted green tea and toasted rice go perfectly together, making a fantastic tea to drink with any Japanese meal ;) enjoy!

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I love the taste of this tea. It’s clean and refreshing. Lately though, I find I get a tingly mouth and scratchy throat. I wonder if it’s possible that I’m allergic to this tea? I sure hope not. Not giving up on it just yet.

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I bought Genmai Hojicha the other day when I asked the guy working at Davids Tea to give me a few teas which I probably wouldn’t buy otherwise. This was one of them. Green tea, with rice? Definitely something I wouldn’t have tried otherwise, but I’m glad that I asked for the guys suggestions!

The rice surprisingly adds a lot to the taste of this tea. The roasted green tea leaves are interesting enough, but the the roasted rice adds a really unique flavour. The tea is naturally a bit bitter, so it’s not for you if you like sweet teas. The rice balances it out a little bit, but the bitterness of the green tea is more pronounced. The toasty taste and smell of Genmai Hojicha makes for a very satisfying experience, it seems like the perfect tea to drink next to a wood stove fire.

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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