Hiroki Matsumoto, the young farmer at Kaneroku Matsumoto Tea Garden is always challenging himself to create unique and unusual teas. This hojicha is indeed a distinct and standout hojicha, roasted from cedar wood from the famous Yakushima Island (Kagoshima Prefecture). The smokey flavor and scent will transport you into the earthiness of the cedar forests of Yakushima. While quite surprising and expressive in comparison to typical hojichas, this tea is not overpowering. A perfect hojicha to enjoy in the winter time. What is more, it can also be enjoyed cold-brewed in the hot summer days!
If you are one who likes to explore out of the box, this hojicha may be for you! In fact, this is an award-winning hojicha which received the gold prize in the Japan Tea Festival in the year 2018 (Concours de Thé Japonais - C’est bon le Japon 2018). Matsumoto-san has been very creative with his black teas, too, so make sure to check out all of his innovative offerings (e.g., Yuzu Wood Smoked Black Tea, Sakura Wood Black Tea).
Please note that all aspects of the production at Kaneroku Matsumoto Tea Garden adhere to the environmental conservation cultivation method world renown as GIAHS (i.e., Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System).
- Name: Smoked Hojicha
- Japanese name: 燻製焙茶
- Ingredients: Green tea
- Region: Shimada, Shizuoka
- Notes: Smoked using cedar wood from Yakushima Island
- Name: Kaneroku Matsumoto Tea Garden
- Type: Family business, tea farm & factory
- Location: 1806-21 Kiriyama, Shimada-shi, Shizuoka-ken 428-0035
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