The Origins of our Houjicha Green Tea
Whilst the appearance of No. 65 Houjicha's loose-leaf more closely resembles a black tea, our tea makers craft this unexpected single-origin Japanese green tea from roasting tightly rolled green tea leaves along with the stems and stalks of the second flush at high temperature. The maturity of the leaves in combination with this intense process yields mixed loose leaf tea. When infused, the tea leaves produce a unique, reddish-brown infusion unlike any other within the green tea category.
Our Houjicha green tea leaves are grown from the Yabukita cultivar by Yosh Tsutsumi on the low lying plans of the Ise Bay in Mie Prefecture, Japan. The robust nature of this tea imparts a bold caramel flavour with a sweet taste and hints of roasted nuts. Its creamy undertones, mild astringency and moderate caffeine allow the infusion to be enjoyed as a relaxing after-dinner treat. This also makes our loose leaf Houjicha tea suitable for re-steeping.
Alternatives to this Japanese loose leaf tea
With bold flavour notes that closely match those of Oolong teas, the closest teas that we have to Houjicha are our 87 Oriental Beauty and 190 Native Mountain Oolong.