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Green Tea
Hojicha, Popped Rice
Astringent, Coffee, Dark Bittersweet, Nutty, Roasted, Roasted Nuts, Smooth, Wood
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200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec 5 g 13 oz / 370 ml

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Our Genmai-Hojicha is a lovely Japanese blend with toasted, dark caramel notes. We have blended fine roasted Japanese tea with the addition of toasted and popped Japanese rice. For a twist on classic Genmaicha. The unique high-temperature roasting process produces a deep reddish-brown colored leaf and a toasted, nutty, sweet and slightly burnt-sugar-like flavor.

Genmai-Hojicha has an aroma that is sweet, dark, rich, and toasted. Roasting the leaves creates a tea with a much lower caffeine content than Japanese green tea; and the addition of toasted rice highlights the savory notes of the Hojicha.

The roasted character of our Genmai-Hojicha has a savory-sweet flavor once steeped. You will appreciate the velvety smooth body and umami rich flavor profile with every sip. Its satisfying and full flavor makes this brew a wonderful and refreshing blend for anytime of the day.

Ingredients: Roasted Japanese green tea, toasted and popped rice

Origin: Japan
Caffeine Level: Low
Preparation: Use 1-1.5 tsp of tea per 8oz/200ml of water. Heat water to 175F/80C and steep for 1.5-2 minutes.

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Summer Vacation! When I saw Tealyra had this, I had to try it, since I’m a huge fan of both Houjicha and Genmaicha. The idea of Houjicha that included genmai, the toasted rice included in genmaicha, intrigued me, because I imagined it would just add to the roasty flavors nicely. So I picked some up some time ago on a past Tealyra order. Apparently when my friend was visiting last winter, I made him a cup of this while essentially sleep-walking during a migraine — I have no memory or recollection of actually “waking” and brewing tea during the long period I was in the throws of “death pain” during the migraine attack. Now he sings the lyrics of The Romantics “Talking In Your Sleep” with the lyrics I drink the tea that she steeps / When she’s brewing in her sleep

I’m having another migraine today (chronic migraine condition + forest fire smoke as a trigger + hormone fluctuations as a trigger = RAWR) so it seems only fitting to try this one today during the tail end of my Japan Week of the Summer Vacation theme. The aroma has a very deep, roasted houjicha scent, very woody, slightly nutty, and I pick up very subtle aromas of cinnamon and deeply bittersweet cocoa.

The flavor is quite nice for a houjicha. It’s very smooth and doesn’t come off quite as bark-like as some houjicha I’ve tried; the wood notes have a much nicer, earthy quality. It has a deep rich quality with an almost coffee-like slight bitter touch left on the tongue just after the sip and mild drying astringency, but it isn’t unpleasant; the flavor of the aftertaste is very nutty, like the genmai is amplifying the natural nutty notes of the houjicha. Reminds me a lot of a dark roast nutty coffee. I’m a bit surprised that a houjicha I didn’t order directly from Japan is so nice; despite being so low in caffeine, this is really making for a nice breakfast tea, just because it has such a pleasant robust roasty flavor.

Other than my maple-infused houjicha, I’d say this has to be one of the best that I’ve tried so far.

Flavors: Astringent, Coffee, Dark Bittersweet, Nutty, Roasted, Roasted Nuts, Smooth, Wood

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec 5 g 13 OZ / 370 ML

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