Watermelon Barley Tea

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Malt, Melon, Roasted Barley, Coffee, Roasted, Sweet
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185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec 5 g 10 oz / 281 ml

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“Aromatic six-rowed barley produced in Japan flavored with fresh watermelon. Limited flavor just for summer.”

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3193 tasting notes

Thank you Kittenna for the share but these barley teas have been rather disappointing. The dry “leaf” smells so strongly of the fruit flavor but then one dip in hot water and the barley takes over. However, I will say that at least there is a touch of the watermelon flavor which is more than I could say for the apple variety of this tea. 281.

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3134 tasting notes

Interesting. Certainly less strong than the plain Orzo tea (I know, they’re different but I find the flavour to be similar), and the melon adds a really nice sweetness without adding sugar. Still, bit of an odd combo. However, I think this would be fabulous as a latte. Probably noootttt my favourite tea ever though, haha.

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35 tasting notes

Watermelon and barley. Two flavors I never expected to work together. Leave it to Lupicia to turn that combo into a winning cup.

Malty roasted barley and sweet watermelon candy. An absolutely ingenious combination. It takes a bit of getting used to, but once you start to sip (I prefer iced, but hot is lovely) it gets addicting.

Flavors: Malt, Melon, Roasted Barley

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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592 tasting notes

I pulled another tea from the T&C TTB to try out tonight. As I have to wake up early tomorrow, I did not want to risk any caffeine, so I went for one of the watermelon barley sachets. First off, I have to say that I love barley tea. I drink it practically every day from a big pitcher of it in my fridge (yes, I am Korean American). I have never tried any flavored barley teas before, but I usually love how Lupicia flavors their teas, so I was so excited to see this tea in the TTB.

As I was steeping the tea, I got a whiff of a heavy smoky scent from the tea. My regular barley tea does have a bit of smokiness, but not nearly this much. That worried me because it smelled like a tobacco kind of smoky rather than a BBQ/charcoal kind of smoky. It also smelled like candy watermelon. When I tasted the tea, I think it was less smoky than it smelled like it was going to be, but still enough that it was a bit off-putting to me. The candy watermelon flavor only really quietly sneaked in as an aftertaste after the roasted/smoky barley flavor. I wanted to love this tea, but I just couldn’t get over that strong smoky smell. I guess I can’t love all Lupicia’s teas.. On to the next!

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972 tasting notes

Woo, I can’t wait to try this one! I got 5 sachets in my swap with Zack S. After trying the Plum and Lychee versions, I have an overwhelming urge to sample all of Lupicia’s barley teas, and since this one says it’s a limited flavor for summer, I wanted to make sure I got some before it goes away. Dry scent is lovely and very ripe sweet, juicy watermelon along with that toasted coffee-like aroma. I also put a sachet in the fridge to cold steep for later!

Steeped, it still has that nice, sweet watermelon aroma along with a strong roasty presence. I did add a touch of raw sugar to my cup. Yum, the watermelon flavor here does not disappoint. It tastes just like a very ripe watermelon with a touch more sweetness from my added sugar. I think this one may be the strongest flavored so far of the three I’ve tried, and the watermelon more dominates the barley than the other way around. Yum! Can’t wait to try the cold brew.

Flavors: Coffee, Melon, Roasted, Sweet

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So did you prefer this one hot or cold brewed? Finally going to try it!

Cameron B.

I actually like these hot, but I think most people prefer them cold. :P

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8180 tasting notes

I have a confession to make….not that she should mind but if she does, i’ll make it up to her… you see, i have a whole bunch of tea at my place…that belongs to other ppl. And most of the time, because they’re shared orders, it’s tea that i already have. But there are two teas currently in my house that are NOT MINE. not even kinda lol. OK well, as of today there are like 5…but the point is. I was going through those teas today to pull out the ones for Cavo and VariaTEA and i came across this tea…again. And the impish girl in me…the kind who puts boxes on her head and takes a picture just for fun…well she made me open the resealable bag and take out one of these teabags…and cold brew it.for tonight.

…and now i’m drinking it. and it’s delicious and i only feel kinda of guilty…but not REALLY guilty…because KITTENNA YOUR TEAS MISS YOU! (or rather they want to hang out with the 600 teas at your place…) lol

this tea? Cold brewed, is very barley with the watermelon in the back seat, but with a little sugar, it pops just enough to make this a really refreshing tea. the kind of tea i should have ordered yesterday lol but there will be future orders, and i’m thinking that this one? it’s going to have to be in that order… thanks kittenna even if it wasn’t voluntarily heh

Terri HarpLady

thanks for making me laugh!


happy to oblige :) the picture is on FB lol


(also steal whatever of mine you want. I consider that rent)


Where’s the picture?


Cavo…picture of me with a box on my head I meant


There was no barley tea on the site. I really wanted to order this or the apple one but that was just not happening.


i’ll keep my eyes peeled later on variaTEA – it was always that way for me with cookie


Aww thank you :)


Hahaha, now I know why the bag was opened! I see that Sil only removed one teabag – Cavo and or VariaTea – do you each want one?


welcome to 6 months ago :P


Hahahaha I was confused as I didn’t remember commenting on any barley tea posts lately. I would love to try some :). Let me know if there is anything from my cupboard you’d like!


You just sent me tea, so I owe you! :P I’ll include some in the package I’m slowly organizing :)

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682 tasting notes

Went to Lupicia in SF this morning, got back at 1, left for the airport at 3, flight left at 7 and now I am almost 400 miles away from home dang.

But I picked this tea up because I’ve been looking into the barley teas, and I have the caramel and honey one back home. This one smelled nice and bright from the package, but still had that roasty toasty smell from the barley!
It’s steeping now, and no more bright melon taste, it’s just the barley taking over.
Yeah, this is more roasty than bright. A good barley tea, but I definitely don’t taste the watermelon anymore!

Okay that’s like great for everyone all around because now everyone can try my baby (the Golden Honey Dew), but I kinda… it was one of my special teas that I drank on special occasions. It was a very hard tea for me to get my hands on, and when I did, I made sure to share it with others, and it made me all happy and giddy to read their tasting notes and see that they loved it as well.
I only drink my honey dew on special occasions because it truly is a unique tea, and as an in-person tea only, it was one that I made sure to cherish and drink with a purpose. Now that it’s available online and I no longer have to make that 400 drive trek and hour long train ride to the City and then hope that this tea is in stock when I visit, well, I don’t know. I hated that it was so hard to get, but that’s what really made it special. Now that weeks of waiting and planning on going to the City is all gone because now I can just stay cooped up in my room and purchase my tea online instead.

I’m just kinda sorta sad that that whole special factor of the tea is gone now.


I understand how you feel. You are wonderful, you shared it with many people. You made them happy. I’m considering getting it because of such great reviews. But I would not go to SF to get it, and I love SF. If I ever move that’s my dream place. Your mission accomplished;-). Thank you!!!


I was really excited to see this post – but unless I’m missing something – Golden Honey Dew isn’t showing online. At least I couldn’t find it and the search didn’t bring it up.. :((


Sorry I found them!!!! Thank you!!!! Thank you!!!
Sorry that this upsets you – but I have no chance of getting to SF – I’m really happy!!


Ahh I’m really happy that so many people will be able to try this tea now :)
I’m still kinda attached. The honey dew is my baby and now I’ve let it go and it’ll soon be in the arms of many lovely people hehe.


I can promise that me and my kids will take good care of it:)


Hehe thank you, that’s all that I ask :)


Heh. jump62359, I’ll still visit with you when I’m there, and we’re still going to the store to pick up a boatload of this. ;) Really, truly, you’ve shared so much of it, I will always associate this tea with you.

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36 tasting notes

I cold-brewed this with a little bit of sugar. It’s excellent as an iced tea. The barley tea flavor sort of dominates the tea, so there’s only a hint of the watermelon once this brews, but it’s enough to give the tea a refreshing flavor. Barley teas make the best iced teas, I think. I still like the strawberry barley tea more, though.

Iced 8 min or more

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33 tasting notes

Brew this cold to get the watermelon flavour. If you brew it hot and then ice it, you might not notice it. I’ve never had barley tea before so I didn’t really know what to expect. It has a roasted grain flavour, but not as strong as what you might get with a genmaicha. I thought the watermelon note would be stronger, but this was still a pleasant enough drink. I cold-brewed for about three hours. Doesn’t need sugar – it has a subtle sweetness. Would I buy it again? Doubt it. But I don’t regret trying it.

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