I haven’t had this in a while because my pitcher somehow sprung a leak. Anyway, I finally was craving it so much that I made a makeshift pitcher out of my empty orange juice bottle to make some of this, haha. Mmmm, good to be back.
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!
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!