This one is quite intriguing. Thanks for sending a sample my way, getanzt! I don’t usually love hojicha, and this one smells as overly toasty as ever. However, the flavor is way fruitier. Apparently this is supposed to taste like Japanese pumpkin, which I’m not sure I’ve had before, but I could imagine this working. I also taste a burnt toasty flavor that I don’t love. I wish I could have the fruity pumpkin flavor without that burnt taste. I ended up sharing the mug with someone who didn’t like it either. Maybe a hojicha fan would enjoy this though.

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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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