Monday, April 13, 2009

Teabag - Apricot Houji

Tea: Apricot Houji - 8228
Vendor: Lupicia USA
Price: $6.50 / 10 teabags
Vendor Descripton: One of our proudest products, which is a blend of Houjicha with the rich sweet fragrance of apricot. Aroma of Houjicha and faint sweetness match unusually well and produce this delicious tea.

Teabag: The teabag has aroma of dried apricots. It is a slightly sweet aroma. The leaf looks rather small and dustlike, smaller than the normal houjicha leaf used for most of the flavored houjicha from Lupicia.

1st Infusion Parameters: 3 min, 208F, 5 oz, 1 teabag

1st Infusion: This tea exhibits a beautiful brown houjicha hue. The tea has a light aroma. It still reminds me of apricots. The flavor is smooth with no bitterness or astringency. There is a little bit of an apricot flavor on the front end. The middle and back end of the flavor is filled with a light houjicha flavoring. It is a very relaxing feeling houjicha.

Rating: 6/10

Conclusion: This tea shows promise, but as a teabag it feels rather light. The teabag could stand to use more leaf in it, but because of that I feel the need to try this out in loose leaf as well. The flavor hints that it could be great in a bit bolder form, but at a 5oz to one teabag ratio this is a bit light for my tastes. Thankfully the flavor carries in from the aroma unlike some flavored teas.

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