I made this with cold milk and sugar, and I’m starting to think that I might just not be a hojicha fan. This particular one tasted burned and fishy. I diluted it a little more than it called for and added some whipped cream to the top. Then, I did enjoy it, but it needed a little too much help. I didn’t taste any banana. The flavor was too strong and strange for me, unfortunately. I liked it more when I tried it with oat milk and whipped cream. Then it tasted toasty, but I still didn’t taste banana. I made a cup for my partner, who said it tasted like banana coffee and absolutely loved it. So I may be in the minority here, but I’m glad there’s someone in the house who can enjoy it!

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I’m an event planner who always has multiple mugs of tea beside me. Hobbies other than tea include board games, video games, cooking international dishes, science fiction, hiking, jigsaw puzzles, tap dancing, reading, listening to podcasts, and playing with my troublesome kitties.

Favorite flavors: dessert flavors, nutty, melon, mint, strawberry, anything rooibos-related.

Don’t prefer: Smoky, rosemary, savory flavors, floral (other than lavender), plain tea.

I always drink flavored tea, and preferably caffeine-free or black. I’ll try just about anything though! Let me know if you’re interested in a swap!

My ratings are kind of meaningless, but basically
90-100 pretty perfect
80-89 really good
70-79 good, but not the best
60-69 okay, but probably not for me
1-59 varying degrees of dislike



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