Korean Roasted Barley Tea

Tea type
Herbal Tea
Ingredients
Barley (Roasted)
Flavors
Coffee
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Caffeine
Caffeine Free
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Edit tea info Last updated by LuckyMe
Average preparation
Iced

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  • “Impulse buy from Trader Joe’s. I’ve seen passing references to barley tea in Japanese novels (Murakami) and was curious to finally try it myself. While I’m glad to see TJ’s beginning to stock...” Read full tasting note
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An aromatic tea made with roasted barley grown in South Korea.

Also known as “Boricha,” Trade Joe’s Korean Roasted Barley Tea is made from a special variety of dark barley grown in the Jeolla province of South Korea. With its mild, nutty flavor, this naturally caffeine free tea is equally delightful served hot or iced. It’s a cozy companion come fall & winter, and an invigorating refreshment through spring & summer – a simple staple of Korean culture & cuisine you can enjoy all year long.

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Impulse buy from Trader Joe’s. I’ve seen passing references to barley tea in Japanese novels (Murakami) and was curious to finally try it myself.

While I’m glad to see TJ’s beginning to stock Asian bottled teas, this one was a miss for me. My better half, who shared the bottle with me, aptly described it as “like drinking watered down coffee”. I have to agree. This is a pretty aggressively roasted tea and has a slightly oily texture. Coffee drinkers and fans of dark tea might like it but for others like me, this is at best an acquired taste.

Flavors: Coffee

Preparation
Iced
Lexie Aleah

Harney and Sons has a Roasted Buckwheat tea. I didn’t care for it but a lot of people do like that flavor profile. I almost picked this one up from TJ’s myself but was skeptical. I enjoy TJ’s bottled Golden Oolong Tea quite a bit though. You might give that one a try.

LuckyMe

@Lexie Aleah, I love the Golden Oolong too! It’s similar to Ito-En’s Golden Oolong which is my favorite bottled Asian tea. Hope they stock more unsweetened bottled teas, especially green tea.

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