Hida Mugicha Barley Tea

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “Today my mom and I visited an old favorite spot in the countryside, a small cave on the side of the road that holds an amazing treasure. We visited the Rossville Road Cut, a rock hunter’s dream,...” Read full tasting note
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The mugicha (roasted barley tea) satchets provided by manufacturer Nabeshima are deliciously deep roasted for a rich flavor. For those who have never had mugicha, this is a great introduction. Boil satchet in water for 3-5 minutes, or cold brew for 1+ hours.

BREWING INSTRUCTIONS

COLD BREW:
Place 1 pack of mugicha into 1 liter of water, and let sit in the refrigerator overnight.

HOT BREW:
Bring 1 liter of water to a boil, place 1 pack into the water and boil for 5-6 minutes. Please be careful of the hot water!!

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Today my mom and I visited an old favorite spot in the countryside, a small cave on the side of the road that holds an amazing treasure. We visited the Rossville Road Cut, a rock hunter’s dream, just pull over, grab your gear, and find some loot. This specific rock-hub is known for its ancient hydrothermal activity causing the native copper in the stones to turn to a glorious crust of Azurite and Malachite. The little cave is about five feet deep (at this point anyway) and I have always been leery about hammering in the cave (the fracture lines make the ceiling look fragile) so instead of bringing home huge showcase pieces I collect the bits left by other collectors. I also managed to get my hands on some Grossular Garnets and other pieces that need cleaning and proper IDing, perhaps my Saturday Musing will be about my finds.

I am going to be honest, reviewing this tea was a stupid idea! Yunomi was awesome and sent it as a sample with a requested pair of other samples, and I couldn’t not review it, that would also be dumb. The reason is was a bad idea to review Hida Mugicha Barley Tea is I have Gluten Intolerance, luckily it is not Celiac, but it acts like a food allergy (don’t worry I won’t give details about what happens) so never let it be said that I am not really dumb sometimes. So, the teabag with the Mugicha was huge, clearly made for a pitcher, so I snipped it open and took out enough for just a cup. The aroma is really kinda great, very grainy and toasty with a touch of earthiness and a hint of sweetness. It reminds me of a combination of cereal and multi-grain bread, the toasted notes bringing out the natural sweetness of the barley.

Giving this tea a steep is mouthwatering, inability to have gluten and occasionally craving it something fierce aside, this tea smells delicious. That is, it smells delicious if you are a huge fan of toast, grain, and a distinct earthiness that only barley can present. The liquid without the mugicha reminds me of early autumn, a blend of the grain, toast, and earthiness just reminds me of the harvest and the golden quality the sunlight takes on this time of year.

Tasting time! The taste reminds me of bread, specifically multigrain bread…or barley soup…or the taste the air gets when you are toasting your own grain. I have noticed that this tea is not about taste, but about the imagery that pops into my mind while experiencing it. It is subtly sweet and earthy, much like barley, what more can I say other than this is a tea that tastes like toasted barley. Chilled this tea is incredibly refreshing, I am so glad to have experienced it (check it off my ‘to try’ list) and I am sad that I won’t be having more of it. And don’t worry, I actually tasted this tea a bit ago, my trusty notebook kept the details safe for me, so you all can know that my body’s hatred of gluten did not do me in.

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/11/yunomi-hida-mugicha-barley-tea-tea.html

carol who

The rock hunting sounds like fun. What an amazing variety of rocks and minerals. When my children were young we did a lot of rock collecting. We have a great collection with lots of good memories! (Boy, did those suitcases get heavy when we were on vacation.) :-D

TeaNecromancer

Yeah, it is not a real vacation until I have brought home several rocks for my collection :P

Kirkoneill1988

wow! i cant write a review this big :’(

TeaNecromancer

Hehe, I do tend to ramble a lot! And don’t worry about size, all reviews have their merit and uses, sometimes a short one is very useful to get a quick feel for a tea and sometimes a long one is useful to get a thorough analysis. I love reading the different styles :D

Kirkoneill1988

awesome explanation!

dragondrool

I’d bet this is a tea I’d get hooked on pretty easily. Glad the tea didn’t do you in, because I would miss your delightful rambles. :)

TeaNecromancer

I could certainly get hooked on it too, I am just glad I still have roasted corn and buckwheat teas so I can get that gluten-free grain goodness. Hmm, I wonder what other grains I can roast into tea!
:D

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So when I made this last night, I didn’t see that it was one bag for 1 liter (explains why the bag was so large though). So I made it according to the instructions, but in 8 oz of water, oops.

While the aroma of the Buckwheat was that of peanut butter, the aroma of this smelled like slightly burnt popcorn. While interesting, I was slightly afraid it would taste like burnt popcorn, which is unpleasant. Thankfully, it didn’t taste burnt, but it did taste a bit like unsalted air popped popcorn. I added a touch of sweetener and it became sort of like kettle corn. You know, sort of sweet popcorn? Yum.

Another interesting tisane that I’m so happy I got a chance to try because I probably would have never noticed this!

Flavors: Popcorn

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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