Ocharaka: Hojicha Japanese Pumpkin

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Flavouring, Hojicha, Linden, Marigold Petals
Flavors
Nutty, Oats, Pumpkin, Roasted, Roasted Nuts, Squash, Sweet, Umami, Walnut, Wood, Chocolate, Zucchini, Autumn Leaf Pile, Butternut Squash, Sweet Potatoes
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Caffeine
Low
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Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 10 oz / 293 ml

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  • “Wait, I’ve had this in my stash since 2018 and still haven’t tried it yet?! What is wrong with me?! Anyway, using this for the February sipdown prompt “Drink a tea flavored like your favorite...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I absolutely love kabocha, and I have a newfound love of hojicha. So, I was very excited to see this offering by Yunomi. I bought 2 20gram bags because it was almost sold out, and I thought I would...” Read full tasting note
    79
  • “I’m not much of a houjicha person – I’m just starting to appreciate roasted teas more – but when I saw these flavoured hoijicha on Yunomi and then reviews here, I was really intrigued. This is...” Read full tasting note
    90
  • “This was my other purchase from Yunomi. I’ve been pondering over these flavored houjichas for a while now, and decided this was the most unusual flavor and the one I wanted to try first. The...” Read full tasting note
    90

From Yunomi

Imagine pumpkin pudding and it smells very nice! Drinking with milk or soy milk is our recommendation!

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1102 tasting notes

Wait, I’ve had this in my stash since 2018 and still haven’t tried it yet?! What is wrong with me?! Anyway, using this for the February sipdown prompt “Drink a tea flavored like your favorite muffin.” Pumpkin muffins are hands down my favorite! (Especially when they have added chocolate chips!)

This is a roasted stem style houjicha, which I tend to like just a bit better than the leafy sort. The dry aroma is super oaty, but with a noticable sweet squashiness… it’s a bit strange, since in America “pumpkin flavor” is typically utilized in food stuff as either “pumpkin spice” (the spice blend sans the squash) or as “pumpkin pie” (still mostly the spices, but with a very desserty-vanilla sort of squashiness). This is more of a savory scent… it smells quite nice on the houjicha. I’m uncertain if it will translate into the flavor, though!

The brewed cup does smell pretty on point to the dry leaf, with that fresh woody aroma of roasty hojicha blending with the oaty/squashy notes. None of the flower bed barky notes that I often get from (typically lower quality) hojicha. Huh. It’s hard to describe the flavor! Certainly I tasted wood, oats, and roasted walnuts, but there is a sweet squash taste to it. I’m not sure if my brain distinctly pegs it as “pumpkin” without the sweetness/spices that usually accompany the taste of pumpkin, but I can see it. It’s an umami sort of taste, but not vegetal. I actually really like it! It’s subtle, but gives a sort of added dimension to what would be a delicious hojicha on its own.

I’ll have to pull this one out more often! (I’m thinking a luxurious latte at some point…)

Flavors: Nutty, Oats, Pumpkin, Roasted, Roasted Nuts, Squash, Sweet, Umami, Walnut, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML
Todd

Mmm, sounds similar to 9209 Imo Kuri Kabo Cha by Lupicia… Huh, looks like I haven’t reviewed that one. It has Dried Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, and Pumpkin Powder, and no pumpkin pie spices.

Mastress Alita

I have that one from 2018 too… aaaaaaaaaaaaand haven’t had it yet because I’m an awful tea parent. :-(

tea-sipper

an awful tea parent, ha ha :D

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I absolutely love kabocha, and I have a newfound love of hojicha. So, I was very excited to see this offering by Yunomi. I bought 2 20gram bags because it was almost sold out, and I thought I would love it. While I do enjoy it, there isn’t much of a pumpkin flavor. It’s a bit savory, but the flavor is very mild. Still quite enjoyable, just not what I was expecting.

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I’m not much of a houjicha person – I’m just starting to appreciate roasted teas more – but when I saw these flavoured hoijicha on Yunomi and then reviews here, I was really intrigued.

This is really excellent. The dry leaf is rich and roasty smelling, with a note that keeps making me think really milky milk chocolate, but I don’t think it’s actually chocolate.

I’ve tried this twice, once steeped per the directions on the packet – 2tsp, 2min, 90C, and once as a latte, 2tsp, 94C, extended steep and then into the blender with sugar and warm milk. It is awesome both ways.

The flavour of it is just so soothing and relaxing. It’s sweet and delicately roasty, with that same note that I want to associate with chocolate, and then there’s a lovely flavour of roasted pumpkin seeds (shelled) and just a hint of zucchini.

I’m really into this as an evening drink. It feels like the perfect thing to sip while winding down.
Thank you to Yunomi for the sample!

Flavors: Chocolate, Nutty, Roasted, Sweet, Zucchini

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This was my other purchase from Yunomi. I’ve been pondering over these flavored houjichas for a while now, and decided this was the most unusual flavor and the one I wanted to try first. The packaging was pretty cute, though not resealable (http://instagram.com/p/wWy1temgAn/). It’s the large kraft packet. I will say, 30 grams is a lot more than I expected, I suppose because this is a very lightweight tea. It also appears to be more of a houji-kukicha than a houjicha – it’s almost all stems. This is actually a good thing, since I prefer the kukicha version personally. Dry scent is extremely rich and creamy, almost as if there’s some kind of dairy element involved.

This is actually quite delicious! I can taste the lovely mildly roasty kukicha base quite clearly. However, I can also taste the lovely and rich Japanese pumpkin flavor, which actually reminds me quite a bit of butternut squash mixed with sweet potato. It’s creamy and decadent. The description recommends this as a milk tea, and I’m sure it would be phenomenal that way. Will definitely try it! :)

Find this tea here: https://yunomi.us/shop/13439/ocharaka-h04-houjicha-japanese-pumpkin-30g-id-13439/?ref=12

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Butternut Squash, Roasted, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

Did you get the Baked Apple? I have been curious about these.

Cameron B.

No, just this one. I definitely plan on trying the others now, this is quite good and I’m especially happy that it’s mostly stems!

Fjellrev

Cool, I haven’t heard of them until now. You don’t see flavoured houjicha every day.

Cameron B.

Totally, the only other flavored houjichas I’ve seen are caramel. I actually really want to try the Honey & Grapefruit!

Kittenna

Very interesting! And suddenly, another company’s on my radar. Haha.

Cameron B.

Yunomi doesn’t have a lot of flavored teas, but the ones they do have are very unique and interesting. :)

OMGsrsly

I have one of their matcha latte mixes, but haven’t tried it yet. These sound super cool, though. And I love pumpkin. :)

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