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Sunday, November 21, 2010

ITO EN Loose Leaf Hojicha Green Tea 'Vanilla Hojicha'

Tea Information:
Tea: Vanilla Hojicha
Type: Hojicha Green Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: ITO EN
Purchase: Here
Description: Admirers of vanilla will find lots to admire in this new "spin" on Japan's classic roasted tea. A balanced blend of stem and leaf reveal warm toasty notes. An affable companion to desserts. Appealing to many for its low caffeine content.

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 teaspoons
Water: 500mL @ 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 1 minute
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell:
MilitiaJim: Ricey woodness
AmazonV: Vanilla paint thinner
Steeped Tea Smell: vegetal, vanilla
Flavor: sweet, vegetal, light vanilla
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: vegetal, bitter
Liquor: translucent green orange brown

It was naturally sweet, and only slightly vegetal. I wanted to try a Hojicha, and i like vanilla. It's not bad but it's not really something that I want to make again.

I purchased this at a tea shop inside of a grocery store in New Jersey.

Refrigerate after opening, seriously?

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

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