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.