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Hojicha is a roasted green tea from Japan. Tasting notes of nori seaweed, roasted hazelnuts and chestnuts and deep umami character.
Serving suggestion: Pair with roasted meats, mushroom risotto and other earthy flavours.
Husband and wife Charlie and Natalie have always had a passion for food and drink. They met whilst studying PhDs in Food Science. Unfortunately, Natalie can’t drink alcohol as she goes bright red. As such, she hasn’t been able to fully enjoy the food and wine pairings that Charlie so loves. This came to a head one night in an upmarket restaurant. With limited soft drink options, Natalie had to make do with her usual glass of tap water. Enviously, she watched on as Charlie was regaled with stories of far-flung vineyards and details as to how each dish’s tones and textures were most enhanced by a particular vintage. It was clear that Natalie was missing out on a huge aspect of the fine dining experience. This got them thinking, surely there could be a non-alcoholic drink with ingredients that possessed the same sort of complexity and heritage that wine does. And after two years of development Saicho came to be.