Spicy Hojicha

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Steeped this while reading the latest issue of Eighty Degrees magazine!! It was tough to gauge from the dry tea leaf visual how much heat this blend would have, but it definitely has a bit of a kick to it! Nothing unpleasant, though – far from it, in fact. The smooth, gentle flavours of roasted grains and nuts from the hojicha marry perfectly to the peppery heat to create a profile that wraps you up in a hug and warms from the inside out. I also really liked that the more umami and oceanic notes of the hojicha were still present on the backend of each sip. I’m certainly guilty of fixating on the roasted elements of hojicha to the point where I often neglect the more characteristically “green” tasting notes, so I appreciated the presence of them here!

Like a lot of the teas I’ve been drinking, this is one of the teas from my Toronto Tea Festival haul. I have such a fondness for hojicha that I simply couldn’t resist and, though I enjoy the matcha that I’m more used to seeing them sell, it was nice to see the new and arguably more playful offerings that Tea Sakao was carrying for the festival!

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C3BSJmcORhT/?img_index=1

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4t9NyKROIRQ

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