No. 31 Ho-Ho-Hoji-Chai

Tea type
Chai Green Blend
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Chocolate, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Wood, Autumn Leaf Pile, Cacao, Cardamom, Roasted Nuts, Smooth, Sweet, Toasted
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Loose Leaf, Sachet
Caffeine
Low
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 13 oz / 374 ml

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  • “Sipdown (1396)! Thank you for sharing Cameron B. – I have a deep love of hojicha so I was thrilled to get to add another to my list of blends that I’ve tried! I enjoyed this one a lot, although I...” Read full tasting note
  • “2021 sipdown no. 61 This is a bit of a sad sipdown because this tea exceeded my expectations. I really wasn’t sure how the chai spices would be against the hojicha base and never really felt in the...” Read full tasting note
  • “Oh my, Smith, you’ve done it again. This houjicha-chai tastes like gingerbread! And wood a bit, cause it’s houjicha. I can pick out notes of clove, chocolate, cinnamon, and gingerbread. I find it...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I had a very happy tea mail day today, with orders from Dessert by Deb, Adagio, and this holiday tin set from Steven Smith Teamaker. All the things! This is the one I was most excited about, so...” Read full tasting note
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From Steven Smith Teamaker

For a moment of true delight, we bring you this toasty blend of hojicha and traditional chai spices with a happy hint of chocolate. Very lightly caffeinated, it’s brimming with good cheer.

INGREDIENTS
Hojicha roasted green tea from Japan, cacao nibs, cardamom, ginger root, cassia, black peppercorns, natural chocolate flavor, cloves, and cardamom oil.

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6 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown (1396)!

Thank you for sharing Cameron B. – I have a deep love of hojicha so I was thrilled to get to add another to my list of blends that I’ve tried!

I enjoyed this one a lot, although I found it quite mildly flavoured. It was very thick and toasty with deep roasted notes of caramelized nuts and grains – very golden and warming. I definitely tasted a bit of the cocoa flavour from the blend additions and I thought that was a very smart and pleasant addition. I actually did not get much in the way of spices though – I thought maybe I was getting a hint of cinnamon but I couldn’t be sure if that was my mind playing tricks on me or not.

Even if those spices didn’t come through, though, it was still delicious!

Cameron B.

I found the spicing to be quite light as well, but I was happy about it heh.

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2021 sipdown no. 61

This is a bit of a sad sipdown because this tea exceeded my expectations. I really wasn’t sure how the chai spices would be against the hojicha base and never really felt in the right mood for this tea.

I was truly mistaken. This chai is really amazing. I feel the hojicha base adds so much to this blend, and I may possibly prefer it over a black base. The light yet deep roastiness of the base complements the spices so nicely. The spices have a great balance where no one spice overshadows the others. There’s also a sweetness here that isn’t cloying at all and while I’m not completely sure where it comes from, it’s welcome.

Thanks to Cameron for sharing another wonderful tea!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

I have plenty to share, so I’ll have to remember to send you some more in our next swap!

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Oh my, Smith, you’ve done it again.

This houjicha-chai tastes like gingerbread! And wood a bit, cause it’s houjicha. I can pick out notes of clove, chocolate, cinnamon, and gingerbread.

I find it resteeps pretty well. I plan to try it with almond milk too, hot and iced. I got a 2.75 oz tin, although I plan to send some to Sara soon. She’s the one who linked me to it.

Oh. I have some gingerbread. Dips gingerbread into the tea Gingerbreadception! Holiday overdose! Also tasty.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

I really should just pick some of this up before it is gone, honestly… I just hate contributing to the shipping frenzy around this time!

Kawaii433

I love gingerbread. That sounds really good. ^^

derk

Did you see the picture of the gingerbread monolith atop Corona Heights hill in San Francisco? The angled pictures made it look gigantic until I saw one with a person for scale :/ Still, I’m happy there are weirdos out there doing things like this.

tea-sipper

2020: Creepy monoliths but also gingerbread monoliths.

Todd

derk, wow! I just looked that up, crazy gingerbread goodness.

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I had a very happy tea mail day today, with orders from Dessert by Deb, Adagio, and this holiday tin set from Steven Smith Teamaker. All the things! This is the one I was most excited about, so since I’ve finished all of my advent teas for today, I thought I’d steep up a mug to try. By the way, the tins are gorgeous and such nice quality!

Yum, this is very tasty. The hojicha base is, of course, cozy and comforting with a lovely soft toasty flavor and notes of nuts. The spices are light and not overpowering, and I definitely get cardamom and clove with a bit of ginger. I can actually taste the chocolate, and it’s very natural and goes well with the toastiness of the hojicha.

Tasty, I dig it. I’m very happy that the spices are light enough to let the base tea shine through!

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Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Cacao, Cardamom, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Roasted Nuts, Smooth, Sweet, Toasted

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Courtney

Yay for new teas!

Cameron B.

As if I needed more teas… ;)

Nichole/CuppaGeek

I’m so intrigued by this one. . . .. It sounds amazing!

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Why are there not more flavored hojichas? This is so tasty-slightly burnt caramel and cinnamon, with a bit of cardamom and ginger in the finish.

Shae

This sounds really good! I don’t know if I like hojicha, but I think I have some blends from 52Teas that I haven’t opened yet. Might have to try one and see if it’s something I’d drink, because I would for sure buy some of this one based on your description if it was a black tea.

Dustin

I feel the same way! I need more flavored hojichas and genmaichas!

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