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Happy Mid Autumn Festival to any and all those who are celebrating it! Not going to lie, moon fest has always been one of my favourite holidays, second only to Christmas / Lunar New Year. (Okay, THIRD, if you want to get technical, yeesh, give a girl a break . . . !) My dad’s been going kind of crazy with the moon cakes, which has led to my kitchen table being stockpiled with different kinds/brands. For all that the clutter is giving my OCD leanings a bit of a tug, I honestly don’t mind, because moon cakes come around only once a year, and every time they do, I get these simultaneous pangs of nostalgia and excitement. The moon festival is traditionally a children’s festival in Vietnamese culture, and I have fond memories of dressing up in my tiny red ao dai and playing with my paper lantern. Good times, indeed.
So! Today, for my late afternoon cup, I’m drinking this corn tea. It’s light, uncomplicated and not too sweet, and goes well with the wedges of snowskin mooncake I’m noshing on. Om nom noms.
It is a nice tea made from roasted corn, the smell is like a mix of popcorn, sweetcorn, roasted coffee, and touch of burnt. It is another one of those smells that makes me feel like I am tucked under blankets on a cold day.
Oh dear, it seems I have been doing this wrong…one of those big ol’ bags is enough to brew a pot of tea and not a cup. I guess I like this stuff strong! The taste is exactly like the smell, roasted corn, sweet corn, a touch of toast, and a bit of earthy graininess to it. There is also a similarity to roasted coffee, just without any of the coffee elements, it is probably the only roasted tea I have seen any real similarity to coffee other than a few Hojicha here and there
This was a tea package Toitoi kindly sent as an extra in a swap we did about a year ago. And while I am bad about saving (hoarding!) samples to try at a later date, there is kind of a reason why I took so long to try this. It fits precisely the profile of the kind of tea I like to drink when feeling slightly ill and it´s on individually wrapped, airtight teabag! Kind of precious, this has been carried in my handbag a lot, just in case. And sadly now came the sore throat needing some relief.
(I am a bit too self-aware to be able to say seriously I need more tea than what I already own, but whenever I get the urge to buy new teas, I really should be looking into teas I like, or from brands I trust, in airtight wrapping).
I had to introduce this into the database, not sure company is even listed correctly. Major points because the tea does indeed taste, mostly, like natural lemon. Artificial lemon is, more than a pet peeve, a full fledged hate of mine. I think there might be a hint of some artificial flavouring here as well, but thankfully the natural lemon is upfront. The tea itself is quite smooth. There is a hint of some kind of muskiness I find baffling, maybe the dried honey?
In all, it did not quite rock my world, but is a tea I would probably stock if I had it available and find maybe a more useful addition to my tea cupboard than other teas I might rate higher.
I have yet to try this one hot, but cold and iced it’s wonderful. I usually drop a bag or two (they’re big!) into boiled water and let it sit for a few hours. Then I add some cold water to the concentrated tea and serve it over ice. The smell and taste is just like Cheerios cereal to me. I usually take it unsweetened, but it’s nice either way. Perfect summer drink!
I’m all about convenience these past few days, so I’ve been grabbing a bunch of these tea bags. They’re forgiving if I leave them hanging out in my mug for a long time. I especially like drinking this with really spicy or perhaps even sweet foods because it has a grounding, almost palate-cleansing effect with the brown rice.
My go-to comfort tea. Growing up as a Korean American, I drank a lot of these teas when I started realizing I didn’t like coffee. My tea experience was pretty limited to this tea and a couple of others. Even after discovering tons of new teas recently (mostly thanks to Steepster!), this is a pantry staple.
I normally don’t like green teas as much because of that bitter taste, but I think the brown rice nicely hides that bitterness in this tea. I’ve had it hot & iced with nothing added and enjoyed it both ways.
Less flavorful then the Apple. I have to admit, I was hoping for a Blackberry strength similar to that of Blackberry Sage, from Republic of Tea. Yeah I know…silly. All in all though…it’s not a bad tea. It is light tasting, uncomplicated, the green tea shows up quickly.
I do hope this company comes out with more flavors, I think a Peach would be excellent by them.
I brewed this at 160, as that is the lowest setting of my kettle.
Got this at Kroger….I am really pleased that my local store is finally developing a better tea selection.
1st smell: Since it was from a tea bag, not much of a smell, and did come thru…was not inspiring.
1st taste: Apples. That is really all I can taste. Not complaining though, Was afraid that it would have cinnamon in it and for some reason apples and cinnamon together sometimes tastes weird to me.
I would definitely get this tea again, as well as be inclined to check out the other flavors. The package says to brew it at 158, I used the lowest setting of 160 on my variable temp kettle.
Funny story. I have this tea pretty much every day, so I don’t write a tasting note every time or else it would get really repetitive and obnoxious. When I ran out, I went to a different Asian supermarket than before to replenish. It wasn’t until I got home that I realized that there is a cartoon of a baby on the box. Why? Because apparently I accidentally bought the “infant” version of this tea. What does that even mean? But I figured that if it is good enough for a baby, then it should be fine for me, right? Anyway, it smelled the same, so I cold brewed in a pitcher as usual. I think the only difference I can detect so far is that it is a little milder in the roasted flavor. I thought I’d just share because I thought it was hilarious and I never realized that they made teas specially for babies.
Backlog. I made this for the first time in my new pitcher, which is smaller than my makeshift pitcher that I used before, so the flavor came out a lot more concentrated. I just leave the teabag in the pitcher to cold brew forever until I finish the pitcher usually, so maybe I’ll start taking it out. I like it even though it’s a long stronger, so maybe I’ll just leave it. Aanyway, I brought this tea to school today in a tinted bottle. It was all shaken up inside my bag, so when I took it out, there was a bit of foam at the top. All of this together made it look like I just poured some beer into my water bottle and called it a day, haha! I really hope other people in my class don’t think I’m an alcoholic…
My latest pitcher of this tea has a slight gingery note about it. Not sure how that happened because I really dislike ginger, so there is no way that it was contaminated by anything else gingery in my pantry. Well, the roasted barley taste is strong enough that I can pretend to ignore the ginger, so all is well. I just hope the rest of my tea bags are ok..
As a Korean American, this is definitely a staple in my pantry/fridge. I always have a pitcher of this stuff on hand and basically drink it like I would water. If you’ve never had barley tea before, I suggest going to a Korean restaurant because my non-Korean friends either loved it or were weirded out by it. Most authentic Korean restaurants I know of have barley tea either hot or cold, so then you can form your opinion without brewing a whole pitcher of it.
Sometimes there is something so nice about being able to open a teabag and pop it into a cup. I would say that loose tea TASTES better than bagged tea, but I love the simplicity of a teabag (not that loose tea is all that complicated).
Anyway, this tea has a bit of a funky smell and I can’t really put my finger on why it’s so strange. It might be the mixture of chamomile, honey, green tea and apple. I am excited to drink this tea as it’s a Korean green & I love tea from Korea. The taste is actually very pleasant. It’s a very smooth and mild green tea, but with the nice crisp finish of a green apple. The apple is a bit too artificial for me, but it’s still a decent cup. Thank you so much, ToiToi for the teabag!
Going shopping for this actually wasn’t my idea. A fellow writer/editor I know wanted to visit a Korean superstore I’d mentioned in passing. I didn’t think we’d locate this mysterious tisane she mentioned, but – lo and behold – there it was. I brewed it up that night. (It was a teabag, so no special instructions were needed.)
What to say…
The liquor smelled like Frosted Mini-Wheats and tasted like a cross between barley and buckwheat. I mean that in the best way possible. It’s not the great herbal I’ve ever tried, but in a pinch it certainly works. And I got a good story out of the deal. Can’t argue with that.