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As others have said, this is definitely a different tea. I find it novel and tasty, but yeah, not a staple. I got this tea as a gift from one of my Korean friends. I’ve also had Korean barley tea and brown rice tea. Apparently the Koreans love making tea out of everything.
In summary: a fun/novelTEA (pun obviously intended). Tastes like popcorn =)
In my experience, I’ve found that people tend to approach barley tea with some hesitance, and it becomes either a love or hate beverage for those who are willing to try it. Personally, I had no idea this had even existed until I visited a Korean restaurant near Atlanta, and was pleasantly surprised! The aroma doesn’t try to mask anything, the grain smell of barley makes itself clear, and the taste is satisfying and dull, with a hint of natural sweetness. I agree with the other reviewers, I’ve found that it is an ideal iced tea, especially with the size of these particular packets, but it makes for a fine hot beverage as well in the morning. Please don’t pass up on a chance to try it!
Ok, I have had this sitting in a pitcher in the fridge, with the loose roasted barley in it, continuing to steep and perhaps add a bit of flavor.
I had a glass of this, and not only was a it still sweet, but creamy. Barley tea – creamy??!? Wow! It was a beautiful golden color, like a beautiful ale. Sweet, creamy, and refreshing.
I saw this in the local Asian grocery store and bought it, pretty much just so I could try it and log it here.
This tea takes me down memory lane. Set the way-back machine for longer-than-I’d-like-to-admit-ago. The summer of my junior year of college everyone I went to school with was getting an internship somewhere. And I had NO idea what I wanted to do. I didn’t want to just go home and spend the summer doing odd jobs, but I didn’t have a clue where I wanted to go and work.
I ended up getting bored one night and reading the endnotes in my personal organizer/calendar. It was one my mother had bought me, called WeMoon. And something caught my eye – they took interns! The calendar was produced out of a women’s commune in Oregon, near Portland. I’m not a particular radical anything, but when given the chance to live on a commune? How could I pass this up? It was such a different experience from pretty much anything else I’d ever experienced that I remember much of it very clearly.
One particular memory, relevant to the issue at hand is of this: one of the women who visited boiled some veggies for dinner, then poured the cooking water into a glass to drink later. When I looked at her funny, she said it helped increase the amount of vitamins you got from your food. It struck me as odd, but hey – do what you want.
So how does this relate to tea? This corn tea? It’s really the essence of roasted corn in a glass. Like you took a roasted ear fresh off the grill and managed to distill it into a glass. The smell is just like smelling corn boil on your stovetop. Or popcorn from two rooms away.
The taste is a naturally sweet corn flavor. It’s a little jarring to get it from a cup of warm liquid rather than gnawing on an ear, but it’s good.
This won’t become one of my staples, because when I’m drinking something warm and wet, I tend to want it tea flavored rather than vegetable flavored. But this was a really interesting experience, and a wonderful way to be reminded of that summer in Oregon.