Sunday, September 29, 2013

Tea for Tyrants Houjicha Bancha

Photo: Tea for Tyrants
Country of Origin: Japan
Leaf Appearance: brown, twiggy
Ingredients: pan roasted sencha
Steep time: 2 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: kyusu
Liquor: dark amber

The interesting thing about Tea for Tyrant's teas is that each tea is paired with music. I previously reviewed their Gyokuro Superior and really enjoyed both the tunes and the tea. This selection was everything that I love about houjicha. The taste was smooth, sweet and toasty with no bitterness or astringency. Although mild in flavor, it held up to resteeping like a champ. Houjicha is an excellent choice for those who don't normally enjoy Japanese green teas (also known as crazy people and/or +Robert Godden). It is low in caffeine so it is perfect for late night tea drinking or for sharing with little ones. This tea was paired with Slow Moving Train by the Marc Higgins Band. It was mellow but upbeat and went fairly well with sipping a comforting cup of tea. I've included a video about Tea for Tyrants below. They have a very unique premise and I hope that they do well in their endeavor to promote quality tea and indie music.

You can find out more about this tea here.