Organic Hojicha Roasted Green Tea from Shi Zen

Organic_Houjicha_teaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Shi Zen

Tea Description:

Houjicha is a roasted green tea that has a smooth and mellow roasted nut flavor. Our houjicha is grown on the family farms in the foothills of Mount Fuji and roasted by a tea artisan that has the top quality roasting technique in Japan. Houjicha’s refreshing taste will be suitable when served with a meal, and of course great for after meals and simply for tea time too.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Sweet!  I just adore the sweet, roasty-toasty flavor of a Japanese Houjicha.  And I love that this Houjicha from Shi Zen is organic!  The flavor is sweet, nutty and smooth.  It is a comforting flavor, evoking thoughts of a warm, fluffy blanket in wintertime … but in a teacup!

But of course, it’s summertime right now, and it would seem that we’re having an uncomfortably hot time of it at the moment.  Not exactly the time that I want to be thinking of a warm, fluffy blanket.  So instead, I brought this cup into my bedroom where the AC is on full-blast, and I sipped the wondrous liquid as the cool air enveloped me.

And even though it’s terribly hot, I’m finding that a warm cup of Organic Houjicha from Shi Zen is quite relaxing to sip.  The sweet, toasted nut flavor is so tasty!  Not grassy or vegetal – these leaves have been toasted and the flavors transformed from the usual vegetal tasting green to a sweeter, mellower, roasted flavor.  The sweetness is like a warm caramel flavor.  Mmm!

I enjoy a flavorful Houjicha any time of day, but I find it to be most satisfying after I’ve had a meal that I’d normally want to follow up with a sweet dessert-y treat.  I find that the sweet, caramel notes of the tea satiate that craving while the tea soothes and relaxes me so I don’t need to indulge in something heavier.

A really lovely treat, this Organic Houjicha from Shi Zen!

Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of “Gramma” and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn’t drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn’t cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn’t cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

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