Houjicha (also sometimes spelled Hojicha) is a Japanese green tea that obtains it’s rather unique, toasty flavor from being roasted over charcoal. I love the roasty-toasty flavor of Houjicha, and because it is somewhat lighter in flavor I find it to be particularly enjoyable after meals and quite comforting later in the evening.
Houjicha is also a great alternative for those who find the grassy flavor of most green teas a little off-putting. Instead of tasting grassy or vegetative, Houjicha teas have a sweet, caramel-y taste that is absolutely delicious!
The flavor of the Houjicha is the strongest flavor of this cup, but I like how the flavoring of the Japanese pear and honey accent the toasted flavor of the tea. The flavoring is subtle but sweet. The caramel-like tones of the Houjicha meld so well with the pear and honey flavors – it is truly lovely.
As the tea cools, I find that the pear flavor pops a little more – making this an ideal choice for iced tea. I still would prefer this one hot though. I think that the roasted flavor of the Houjicha a very comforting, autumnal taste for me, and I like hot tea in the cooler weather.
Lupicia describes this tea as
Houjicha flavored with juicy Japanese pear and honey offers a refreshing fruity taste.
This tea has it’s own sweet flavor to it that I find it is quite satisfying without the addition of sugar. I really love this blend – it’s like comfort food in a teacup! Yum!