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Bark, Dark Bittersweet, Roasted, Toasty, Wood, Char, Roasted Barley, Dark Wood, Toast, Umami
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190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 20 oz / 589 ml

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From Yamamotoyama

A roasted green tea.

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1719 tasting notes

I saw ashmanra’s post of a hoji-cha and remembered I have this version. For the life of me I couldn’t recall what it tasted like. One sniff of the dry leaf and it all came back. To me its like genmaicha without the puffed rice. Toasted bancha leaf. Well really fannings as this is a very inexpensive bagged version. Still it was quite enjoyable this morning. Yamamotoyama does cheap well.

I looked back at my previous tasting note – it was the middle of the summer and I was all concerned because the mill was talking strike. Oh the simple days, when I had a job, and money. I do have tea and a wife that loves me. Who needs steak.


I enjoy this one, too. And it’s so cheap! :)


You have friends too!!! We all love you! I don’t have much money ever either, but having peace and knowing that even alone, God loves me… gives me great joy.


tea, tea friends…AND a wife who loves you? you’re ahead of the game and damn lucky! :) happy to share this neck of the woods with you.


Thanks! Reading back I sound more melancholy than I intended. I remain optimistic. My job searching has revealed to me I am far more disabled than I care to admit. I am now trying to find an attorney to help with the process. My nurse practitioner tried to convince me two years ago. I just didn’t want to hear it. I have never been one to let a challenge stop me. Now the challenge is learning to accept help when I need it. It really isn’t a pride thing with me, it is a determination thing. Never give up and never give in, except to God’s love.


Amen. Been reading about Solomon and all his worldly chattel recently. Scriptural proof that excess just drags you down :)

I feel sure I’ve seen that little gold and blue ha-cha-cha (I know that’s not how you pronounce it) box at Fox Farm. May need to investigate.


So true, if I may bud in. I am shop-a-holic and all the stuff I bring home from splurge and impulse; I don’t enjoy when I don’t see where to put them. Then I get the mail reminding me of all the money I owe. Sorry if not sticking to topic. Best!

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2056 tasting notes

Tastes pleasantly like dried apple or maple wood. Twiggy.

Made for a wonderful afternoon ahhhh break at work. I needed one. Felt like a ham hock being dangled in an aquarium full of piranhas.
(Our seasonal crazy time.)


Didn’t see anything like this in your reviews. I wasn’t sure you would get it. Glad you did. This is really inexpensive. Now I will have to see if I can catch the apple or maple wood.


The spelling always makes me think of “Ha-cha-cha.”


Think fresh lumber, not pancake syrup :)


Oh, lumber! Now whose striking the manly pose?


Michael Palin, of course. He’s a lumberjack and he’s OK…


Gmathis: Aw, man! You beat me to the Lumberjack Song!

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431 tasting notes

Summer Vacation! Onto Japan, and I didn’t have much time to brew a hot cuppa on my way out the door to work, so I decided to finally use up the one teabag of this my friend had given me. He said it “wasn’t bad, for bagged houjicha.” I’m willing to take his word on it. Especially since I didn’t really have time to measure leaf, clean an infuser, etc. with around five minutes to spare to prepare a thermos and head out the door.

Knowing me, tomorrow I’ll probably decide to spare even those five minutes for more sleep, and just take my bag of loose Kyoto Obubu Tea Farm houjicha to work, and “wing” a brew at work without my scale and some of my other schmancier tea things. It’s not like I don’t have a second kettle and gravity well infuser at the library, because I have problems

In any event, he wasn’t wrong. This isn’t bad, for a bagged houjicha. The flavor still has that roasted, woody taste; in fact, I’d say it comes off a bit more woody than I’m used to with loose houjicha, as I’m not getting any sweeter notes like I’ve found later in the sip with those houjicha (typically a honey or caramel sort of flavor). So this comes off a little more robust. Maybe that is a result of being in CTC form?

Certainly not the best houjicha I’ve had, but exceeded all my expectations considering the price point and convenience.

Flavors: Bark, Dark Bittersweet, Roasted, Toasty, Wood

Boiling 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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11 tasting notes

This was a bit too charcoal-flavored for me. I couldn’t taste much else.

Flavors: Char, Roasted, Wood

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3 tasting notes

I’ve had this tea several times before and always enjoy it. It’s smooth roasted flavor goes well with most foods. And maybe because it is roasted but it doesn’t get noticeable bitter (to me) when brewed incorrectly.

Flavors: Roasted Barley

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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24 tasting notes

A strong flavor and brown color in the cup. Toasty, woody, warm. Makes me think of autumn. A slight hint of astringency, but not too much for my taste.

Flavors: Dark Wood, Roasted Barley, Toast, Umami

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30 tasting notes

This delicious tea brews unusually dark for a green tea, due to the fact that it is roasted. The flavor is terrific, and the scent of the leaves, particularly after steeping, is unparalleled.

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec 5 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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675 tasting notes

Thanks to Stephanie for this one!

I’ve never had hojicha before, so I was a little apprehensive. Unnecessarily so, as it turns out. This ain’t half bad. It smells and tastes like near-burnt toast. This is pretty one-note, but nice. It went well with a bagel and cream cheese (I tasted it on its own first to evaluate the flavor).


Yeah, it’s bagged so mediocre quality, but good intro houjicha

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921 tasting notes

The aroma of the tea vaguely reminds me of a lower grade Oolong and is very pleasant. It is not an overpowering aroma and has a tendency to fade pretty quickly.

The taste is great, Hoji-cha might be my favorite tea from Yamamotoyama Teas. The subtle smokiness with the rich taste of green is an excellent blend of flavors.

Great for an Autumn day, I find the flavors evoke the smoky quality of the air, the crispness and the color of the leaves

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74 tasting notes

I tried some Hoji-cha in Japan and was so excited to see it here in the USA imported. This one was pretty meh. I didn’t really enjoy it at all – so little that I ended up giving the box away to a friend. The taste was very plain and watery, and it didn’t have the interesting complex flavors that I had enjoyed in Japan. It wasn’t at a fancy place either, just at a random small local restaurant in Kyoto. I think this one maybe is just very cheap, the price was certainly right. I think I’ll have to search around for a better Hoji-cha before I make a real judgement on the variety of tea itself. I wanted to like it a lot but found myself not really enjoying it at all.

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