Hosen - 150g Can
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Hosen is our recommended sencha for those new to our teas. Its classic character is balanced—it is blended to have umami, sweetness, astringency, and aroma in harmonious proportion.
Hosen is a good introduction to Ippodo sencha. It has gentle sweetness, bright fragrance, and a mellow aftertaste, characteristic of our premium sencha blends. In our medium-rich category, this tea has a balanced character with more umami and sweetness than astringency. Try this sencha first, and brew it in the morning, at teatime, and other times that call for an aromatic, satisfying green tea.
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Very balanced sencha with a light sweetness, and no astringency. Highly recommend.
Hosen is a little bit stronger than Unro but very balanced in sweetness and astringency. We enjoyed Hosen after a big meal or a hard work day.
I've been drinking Ippodo Hosen tea for several years. Making a small pot each morning has consistently been a joy. The service from Ippodo has always been impeccable and the packaging attractive. Couldn't recommend this any higher.
I enjoy all of Ippodo's teas, but this one strikes the perfect balance for me. My favorite part of the day is preparing this lovely sencha, inhaling deeply to experience the mild bitter aroma and taking my first sip. I like that I can buy a larger size tin now, and I am able to reuse the tins around my kitchen.
The instructions on water temperature and steeping time are spot on. I would like to note that the leaves can be re-steeped (and still taste very good) as long as you only re-steep them for 2 seconds or so. If you re-steep the leaves too long, the second cup can turn out a bit "slimy" (for lack of a better word). This technique applies to other types of green tea, as well. I learned this from the helpful staff at the NYC location.
Beautiful blend of classic clean high-end Japanese tea. Perfect as a gift or for home. Best on its own or with light snacks because the tea holds its own. Great entry point for those new to Japanese tea.