Obubu Tea #11: Houjicha (Basic Roast)

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Green Tea
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Green Tea
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Edit tea info Last updated by Christina / BooksandTea
Average preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 24 oz / 709 ml

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  • “A suggestion for a tea to go with my dinner of popcorn shrimp. It worked. I liked the roasty/ nutty flavour. The scent was a bit on the nutty side too, and was a little stronger in the tea itself...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I steeped it western-style tonight, and while it was much less astringent, I’m still not sure what to make of it. There’s this sort of “curly” taste to it that I’ve associated mostly with green...” Read full tasting note

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Roasted green tea, or Houjicha is unlike any green tea you’ve tasted before. With a smooth, smoky flavor that is simultaneously light and sweet, houjicha has none of the bitterness of traditional green teas. And like decaf coffee, the roasting process removes the caffeine from the leaves making it the perfect after dinner / before bed drink.

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A suggestion for a tea to go with my dinner of popcorn shrimp. It worked. I liked the roasty/ nutty flavour. The scent was a bit on the nutty side too, and was a little stronger in the tea itself rather than just the leaves. Overall, I still very much like this variety.

Cheri

I have this and haven’t yet tried it. I guess I should.

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I steeped it western-style tonight, and while it was much less astringent, I’m still not sure what to make of it.

There’s this sort of “curly” taste to it that I’ve associated mostly with green oolongs and some green teas. The way it hits my tongue – I’m not a fan of it.

However, this is much more palatable than I was expecting. The smoky, roasty flavour is nice. Perhaps I’ll like the other roasts of this tea (light, dark, and smoky) more?

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
TheKesser

What is western-style?

Christina / BooksandTea

The steeping instructions on the Yunomi.us website for this tea suggest 1 tbsp/5 grams of tea leaf steeped in 6 oz of water for about 30 seconds. However, I’ve found that Yunomi.us’ instructions (in general, not just for this tea) really don’t work for me, as it’s too much leaf for too little water, resulting in a really bitter/umami taste.

So instead I brew using ratios/times more traditional to a western style of brewing – in this case, 1 tsp of leaf per 8 oz of liquid at 80C for 2-3 minutes.

TheKesser

ohhhh okay. Yeah I definitely do western-style for my teas.

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