• Reviews

    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…


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    Tealet Houjicha

    Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: dark brown, stemmy Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teapot Liquor: amber Although the leaves are brown in color, this is a green tea that is made from the leaves that are harvested in the summer and into the fall. They are then roasted to enhance the flavor. This tea was sweet, toasty and oh, so comforting. There were notes of smokiness and even a hint of a seaweed. I always forget how much I enjoy houjicha but it makes a great winter tea. My second infusion was just as delicious but I don’t think I would have been…