Daidai Houjicha (橙ほうじ茶) – Tozaka Chaen 50g
Daidai Houjicha (橙ほうじ茶), 50 grams
Blend of cultivars, mixed with dried peel of Nagasaki-grown daidai (an Asian variety of bitter orange)
Tea farmer Tozaka Koichi makes some of the smoothest houjicha teas we have encountered yet, but he also masters the art of blending these smooth teas with locally (Nagasaki prefecture) grown citrus fruit. In the hot summer weather we have become incredibly fond of both Tozaka’s Yuzu Houjicha and Dadai Houjicha blends.
Daidai, a variety of bitter orange that can last several years on the tree if not picked, is not commonly consumed due to its bitterness. We can however taste hardly even a hint of bitterness in this Daidai houjicha blend.
The contrast between the hot brewed version and the coldbrew is surprising: think of the hot brewed Daidai houjicha as a cosy tea to warm you up on a cold night, perhaps there’s a whiff of glühwein in the air (but without the cinnamon). Sweet brown sugar, round, balanced and smooth, orange marmalade, candied orange, marzipan…
Now contrast that with a cold brew of the same tea: a lighter, refreshing tea with sweet orange blossom and nectar. Imagine yourself in an orchard under the Mediterranean summer sun, with a glass of freshly squeezed blood orange juice paired with buttery almond petit fours.