Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Persimmon Leaf Houji Cha

Tea: Persimmon Leaf Houji Cha - 8801
Vendor: Lupicia USA
Price: $5.50 / 50g
Vendor Description: Persimmon leaves rich in Vitamin C, K, B1 & B2, Carotene and other minerals are blended with Houjicha to produce a very easy-to-drink tea.

Leaf: The leaf for this tea is very light and fluffy. The majority of it is not tea, but rather the persimmon leaves with a little bit of houjicha mixed in. The leaf gives off a light autumnal aroma and even sounds like the rustling of leaves when moved around.

1st Infusion Parameters: 5g, 50z, 208F, 3 min

1st Infusion: The tea produced a very rich golden brown hue that was quite clear. The aroma was sweet. It was a mixture of the roasted aroma from the hojicha mixed with the sweet aroma of persimmon. The flavor was was very light, less than a traditional hojicha for obvious reasons. The flavor was full bodied yet light. It was smooth and sweet, and left with a light fruity aftertaste.

Rating: 7/10

Conclusion: This tea was very unusual. It was a pleasant experience, although it was a bit too light considering the amount of leaf used. The persimmon leaves were a bit too much in comparison to the hojicha leaves. I would have preferred more tea and less persimmon in the mix. It was still pleasant though. Given the option I think I will stick to a traditional hojicha instead of this mix.

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