Campfire Hojicha

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Brown Sugar, Caramel, Roasted, Sweet, Apple, Artificial
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Low
Certification
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Edit tea info Last updated by Roswell Strange
Average preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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You don’t have to sleep under the stars to enjoy this smoky roasted green tea (Hojicha). Infused with caramel pieces for an irresistible creamy caramel flavour.

What makes it great

Hojicha is a roasted green tea from Japan with a nutty, earthy & roasted flavour

Inspired by praline & toffee flavours

Features real caramel pieces

Apple, Roasted green tea, Caramel pieces (condensed skimmed milk, sugar, glucose syrup, butterfat, sorbitol, mono and diglycerides), Caramel pieces (sugar, glucose syrup), Sweet blackberry leaves, Natural (cream, caramel, sweet blackberry leaf) flavouring.

Creamy caramel & baked hojicha with an unexpected smokey twist.

About DAVIDsTEA View company

DavidsTea is a Canadian specialty tea and tea accessory retailer based in Montreal, Quebec. It is the largest Canadian-based specialty tea boutique in the country, with its first store having opened in 2008.

7 Tasting Notes

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This has grown on me. The aroma has always been very appealing – delicious caramel – but it took a couple cups for me to really appreciate the flavour. It probably didn’t help that I initially had it alongside Salted Caramel Oolong, now one of my top teas from DT. I can’t say that the hojicha base nor the “campfire” element are really apparent to me, really just the caramel, but the roasted base doesn’t get that metallic taste like most green teas (but not hojicha), and it’s pretty forgiving on time/temp. I do wish there was a bit of smokiness here, as I think it would really enhance the “campfire” element. Perhaps I’ll add a pinch of lapsang souchong one day, or some other smoky tea I have sitting around.

Also, this tea resteeps pretty well – the caramel really lasts.

Dustin

When did this one come out? I’ve seen people mentioning it lately, but I never saw it on David’s site. Was it a super brief seasonal thing?

Roswell Strange

It was a very limited edition/seasonal tea from this past Autumn.

Kittenna

Blah, I knew I should have bought more! I only have 50g and I guess will now savour it a bit more – and satisfy caramel cravings with the absurd amount of Salted Caramel Oolong I picked up.

Dustin

Gah! I’ll have to hope it returns next year. I love a good flavored Hojicha and they seem super rare.

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sigh this tastes like chemicals. Like apples and chemicals. I am not getting very much Hōjicha. And I was expecting this to taste like a roasted marshmallow, almost! But sadly, I am not a fan of this tea.

Luckily, I finished this off – slowly, but surely. Not one I would repurchase.

Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Brown Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I was very much looking forward to trying this new blend, and it arrived today! I immediately brewed up a cup, and it does not disappoint. Sticky sweet, caramelized sugar. A bit of a roasted quality coming through from the hojicha, but it’s mostly just delicious caramel. Not getting any smokiness at all, so if that was a deterrent for you, fear not!

Mastress Alita

Mine arrived today as well, but I tend to not open my new teas right away to focus on my older stuff. I was worried about the smoke so that encourages me!

Silent Kettle

Wow! I’m so excited, I just ordered this!!! <3 Very excited to get it. I hoep this means we will get more hojicha-inspired blends. Did you just pour boiling water over it, how long did you steep it for? Did you try it as a latte?

amandastory516

Mastress Alita- I can’t control myself when I get new blends in. So, I end up with lots of open tea.
Silent Kettle- I hope so too! Just tried it straight with a bit of honey for now, 195degree water, 3min.

Silent Kettle

Thanks so much! :) And oh my gosh. I placed a huge order last week; so excited to get my teas next week.

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I was immediately sold on picking up this tea, because I’ve never seen DAVIDsTea experiment with hojicha up until now. The dry aroma is sweet caramel with undertones of the roasted, somewhat smoky green tea. Once steeped, the hojicha is immediately apparent, but there’s also something about this combination of ingredients that evokes a flavour reminiscent of burnt marshmallows like Kelly (aka Roswell Strange) suggested in her tasting note. There’s no bitterness or astringency to this tea, but it definitely has a thicker, heavier mouthfeel and slight salted caramel vibe.

I think I prefer it with a splash of milk. It’s a sweet, but cozy cuppa overall. I really hope DAVIDsTea introduces a straight hojicha without add-ins to their catalog at some point…

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Silent Kettle

Seeing all these positive reviews makes me super glad I ordered this tea now! I can’t wait to get mine in the mail soon! :) Would you say the “smokey” notes are super apparent? I love smokey teas!

Roswell Strange

For what it’s worth, I would also like us to carry a straight Hojicha! I think there’s enough commercial familiarity now with Hojicha (in large part thanks to the Bubble Tea industry, IMO) that it could be well enough received to work as a year round addition to the line up. Also, FYI, the tea base for North African Mint is also Hojicha – a very different profile than this, but for all the other Hojicha lovers out there ;)

Antonia

@silentkettle They’re not super apparent, but not subtle enough to just taste like caramel! I’d imagine you’ll still enjoy it!

@roswellstrange Oh wow, I never knew North African Mint used hojicha! I may need to revisit that blend now, I’m a bit mindblown right now!

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I guess this is the year of caramel teas!?

Anyway, this is one of the newly released teas from today! I’m pretty excited about it, but I definitely think it’s the most “out there” of today’s teas – and I hope that doesn’t prevent it from doing well…

As y’all here on Steepster know, I absolutely love both a good Hojicha tea base for a flavoured tea blend but I also really like a good smoky tea base for flavoured teas. With this blend, I kind of get the best of both worlds because as the name would imply there is Hojicha in this tea. However, what it might not super obviously convey is that it’s actually this super cool Hojicha that’s also kind of smoky!!

Both of these interesting and cozier profiles, from pine-y smoke to nutty and roasty toasty Hojicha, provide a really interesting and nuanced canvas for which the rest of the blend is built. It’s got sweet, but not cloying, burnt sugar/caramel note with a hint of salinity that mixed with the Hojicha base almost tastes like a really golden, gooey and maybe even just a tiny bit burned marshmallow – and that’s where the idea of the name “Campfire Hojicha” came from. This gooey, golden and complex marshmallow/caramel note mixed with all the smells and aromas of a big fire and surrounding trees on one of the last hot summer nights before The Fall.

Yes, what I’m describing maybe doesn’t make the most sense for a tea launching with holiday teas – but this year has been unpredictable for many reasons, and that includes some unexpected delays with tea as well. So, this was definitely intended to be more of an Autumnal profile this year…

My dream is that this tea does really well, and it opens the doors for the use of more Hojicha in DT’s tea blends (or maybe even a straight Hojicha) but I’m trying not to get my hopes up too much, because I do think that maybe it’s a bit more out there/“busy” in terms of flavour than our more dessert-ish blends usually are.

Still, I can dream!

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

Silent Kettle

Just placed an order for this one! Really excited! I agree with you; Hojicha is so under utilized!

amandastory516

Ordered this one as soon as it was released. Sounds like my kind of blend!

Silent Kettle

Do you know any other Canadian tea brands or teas that incorporate a good smokey tea base? Sorry, still new to teas! Steadily exploring them! But I absolutely loved Dessert by Deb’s blends that incorporated smokey notes, so would love a recommendation! :)

Roswell Strange

Most of the company’s that I’ve seen do it are US based (like 52Teas).

Mastress Alita

I like houjicha blends, but a bit worried about the “smoke” since that is a migraine trigger for me (I can’t take lapsang souchong). Guess I’ll just have to see how it goes.

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