Ippodo Gokujo Houjicha

Ippodo gokujo houjichaGokujo Houjicha (meaning finest quality houjicha) was sent to me for review by Ippodo, a Japanese tea company from Kyoto that also ships worldwide.

The roasted bancha leaves are dark brown, and they have a great aroma.

It has chocolate and some mint tones along the characteristic roasted smell of houjicha.

I could just smell this tea all day 🙂

Time to brew it!

Ippodo gokujo houjicha brewedI took 4 grams of tea and steeped it in hot water for 30 seconds.

The dark amber liquid has a roasted, slightly sweet fragrance. It looks very provocative.

Regarding taste, it has a mild roasted component into it, plus a mellow flavor. I felt a faint sweetness and a pleasant after taste.

I re-steeped the tea leaves using the same parameters, and the result was another excellent cup of houjicha.

In case you live in New York, Ippodo also has a store there. I want to visit it when I have a chance.


  1. Bill
    December 10, 2018

    I was able to visit Ippodo New York City recently and highly recommend it.
    Gyokuro to-go was very good!

    1. Ricardo Caicedo
      December 10, 2018

      Hi Bill

      I haven’t visited their store in New York yet. It’s on my wish list 🙂


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