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Japan Greentea Co Sweet Sakura Hojicha

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Cherry blos­soms are eas­ily some of the most beau­ti­ful flowers. Blooming in abund­ance briefly in spring, it fla­vours many foods in Japan, includ­ing soft serve, chocol­ate, alco­hol, and chips.

Japan Greentea Co Sweet Sakura Hojicha is a hojicha with cherry blos­soms and leaves. The smell and taste of the tea are pre­dom­in­antly sak­ura, which is flor­al (although ‘flor­al’ isn’t a par­tic­u­larly help­ful descrip­tion as the flor­al notes of rose­hip are com­pletely dif­fer­ent from that of chamo­mile or lav­ender) with a nut­ti­ness from the hojicha. The hojicha masks the sak­ura fla­vours to an extent, but the flor­al notes of sak­ura are quite pro­nounced and slightly sour and salty as expec­ted. There’s also a sweet­ness to the tea that likely comes from the hojicha itself.

It’s a rather com­plex mix of tastes in one tea. The slight salt­i­ness is some­thing new to me in a tea, and I’m not sure I love it yet — it con­fuses me for now — but it’ll likely grow on me. I thought I’d try the fla­voured hojicha to ease me into sak­ura, so I’ll also have to try my actu­al cherry blos­som tea before I con­clude my thoughts on sak­ura tea.

This box of Japan Greentea Co Sweet Sakura Hojicha con­tained 10 tea bags. The tea ori­gin­ated in Japan and was pur­chased in Tokyo in 2015.