Obubu Tea Houjicha Smoky Roast

Obubu Tea Houjicha Smoky RoastI’m going to try a houjicha with a smoky roast for the first time.

This tea from yunomi.life is one of the various types of houjicha from the Obubu Tea brand.

It’s made from roasted bancha, as you can see from the big leaves and stems. It also has a wonderful woodsy, roasted aroma. It’s sweet, and not what I imagined from a “smoky roast”, but in a good way.

What does it taste like?

Brewed Obubu Tea Houjicha Smoky RoastI used the following brewing parameters: 120 ml of boiling water for 30 seconds, and 4 grams of tea.

The result is a bright, brown liquid with an aroma very similar to that of the tea’s loose leaf. It looks very good.

Before trying it, I feared that it would be too smoky for my taste. Surprisingly, it’s very easy to drink.

I found it to be slightly sweet, and you can feel the roasted flavor but it’s not overwhelming at all.

The astringency is very low and no bitterness can be detected. Again, the “smoky roast” description made me think that it could be quite bitter but I was wrong.

For the second infusion, I used the same brewing method but increased the infusion time.

This time the tea lost some aroma and color, but the taste is still great.

If you enjoy the roasted aroma and flavor, this is the tea for you.

Update: This tea has been discontinued by Obubu 🙁 , but if you want something similar try their houjicha dark roast.



  1. Dee Sallows
    December 25, 2013

    This lovely fragrant tea reminds me of a delicate oolong.
    The light, sweet, smoke flavor is a wonderful start for the day and as an early afternoon refreshment, especially during the winter months. I like to layer it with Obubu Summer Sencha to recover from the fatigue of a long hard run.
    A wonderful tea to drink with friends, or during solitary contemplation.

    1. Ricardo Caicedo
      December 25, 2013

      Hello Dee
      Thank you for the comment. It’s very detailed.
      You’re a good tea reviewer!

  2. Simona Zavadckyte (Obubu Tea)
    December 26, 2013


    Thank you for trying Obubu’s Houjicha Smoky and sharing your thoughts about it. Happy to hear you liked it !

    1. Ricardo Caicedo
      December 26, 2013

      Hello Simona.
      Thank you for your comment. I really like the teas from Obubu, and enjoyed reviewing this tea.

  3. Amanda Wilson
    January 26, 2014

    I absolutely adore this tea and the Dark Roast (slowly making my way through Obubu’s Houjicha roasts) I am a huge fan of smoked teas and was very pleased with how this tea maintained its rich, complex tastes while still being smoky. Glad to see other people giving it a try and liking it 🙂


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