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Karigane Houjicha


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Karigane Houjicha is lightly roasted Karigane Kukicha which is a kukicha made from Gyokuro, Japan's top grade of green tea. The result is a Houjicha with an exceptional taste and good umami. Compared to our refreshing regular Houjicha, Karigane Houjicha has the same roasted flavor and virtually no bitterness plus you will experience a deep after taste on your tongue and through your nose.

Origin: Asahina, Shizuoka
Harvest:First Flush
Cultivar: Yabukita

Tasting Profile:
Similar to Karigane, it has a good level of Umami but unlike Karigane, it has a toasted vegetable flavor. Also unlike regular Houjicha, the flavor lingers for a while refreshing your mouth. It is Houjicha, but somewhat more elegant.

Den's Preferred Brewing:
Water: 4oz boiled
Leaves: 2 grams or 1 heaping teaspoon
Steep: 30 sec
2nd Cup: Water boiled; Steep 15 sec

For a cup of Iced Tea:
Put 50% more tea leaves into a teapot.
Steep as directed for hot tea.
Once you brew it, put ice into the cup to lock in the aroma.

Reviews (2)

by Christine S.

This is my favorite houjicha! Mild and slightly sweet, with a lovely smoothness. A great late afternoon tea.

by Vic W.

After trying several Den's teas of the Kukicha / Karigane (stem & vein) types, this is the winner for me. Unlike the photo, this is a combination of twig & leaf tea. The aroma is so amazing, I'm constantly telling people to smell it (can't help myself...). Taste has enough green to balance the roasted sticks and create the smoky complexity I enjoy. Good for two cups / brew.