In search of the finest tea there is.

Dongsuh 100% Pure Barley Tea

One box contains 15 bags, each enough for 2 Liters of water, to be boiled for 10 minutes.

Roasted barley tea is a caffeine-free, roasted-grain-based tisane made from barley, which is popular in JapaneseChinese, and Korean cuisine. It is also used as a caffeine-free coffee substitute in American cuisineBarley water is a popular traditional soft drink in Britain.

Roasted barley tea is called mugicha (?) in Japanese, dàmàichá (大麦茶) or màichá (麦茶 or 麥茶) in Mandarin Chinese, and boricha (보리차) in Korean. While the tea is generally regarded as a cooling summer beverage in Japan, it is served year-round, hot in winter and cold in summer, in Korea. Originally, roasted barley seeds were stewed in hot water (this is still the method generally used in Korea), but tea bags containing ground barley became more popular during the early 1980s; this is now the norm in Japan. It can be found from many different distributors in vending machines all over Japan.

Grains of Korean boricha

In Korea, roasted unhulled barley is used to prepare the tea. Often the barley is combined with oksusu cha (roasted corn infusion), as the corn’s sweetness offsets the slightly bitter flavor of the barley. A similar drink, made from roasted brown rice, is called hyeonmi cha(tisane) or genmaicha (with green tea added).

Roasted barley tea, sold in ground form and sometimes combined with chicory or other ingredients, is also sold as a coffee substitute.

source: Wikipedia

As I was boiling this at home, the family thought the house smelled of coffee. The longer you boil it the more bitter it brews so you might want to taste a little every now and then.

Though not as particularly exquisite as rice tea, barley tea can brag about its smoky flavor and fancy aftertaste. To make it more exciting, you could add honey or milk (or both?). This might probably taste a bit like the milky rice juice they sell in Korean marts.

The good thing about this is that it tastes good even when cold (unlike green tea, which will leave a slimy aftertaste).

You can find this in Nice Mart at #37 Matalino St., Cor. Kalayaan Ave., Diliman, Quezon City.

If you have a flair for food adventure, why not take a visit? You’ll see all sorts of weird delicacies they create out of unusual combinations of ingredients.

Tazo African Red Bush Herbal Infusion

A tantalizing blend of creamy African rooibos & tangy hibiscus flowers.

Description sums up everything. There’s a wonderful play of creamy for the first few seconds and then tangy the next. Or vice versa. Remember the kinder or prep school experiment on the sense of taste?

Which sensation will come first will explain how you like to take your drink. Either you do the tongue rinse or the swallow then tongue flick. Or whatever your style is.

It’s got a fine powdery aftertaste though. 

African Red Bush is perfect for hot summer days when you’re not feeling Coke or Nestea at the moment. Try this: add marmalade or honey, cubes of ice and you now have a nice afternoon thirst-quencher.

Later On

Kirkland Signature Ryokucha (Green Tea), Matcha Blend

Kirkland Signature Ryokucha (Green Tea), Matcha Blend

Japanese Matcha is a Ceremonial Powdered Green Tea

100% Japanese Tea Leaves, Product of Japan

Kirkland Signature Green Tea is made with Sencha Green Tea from Japan’s lush tea plantations, known for producing some of the best teas in the world. In keeping with Japanese tradition, Kirkland Signature Green Tea is gently steamed, rolled and then dried. This minimal process stops the oxidation and preserves the freshness, aroma and color of the tea leaf.

Matcha, a green tea powder made from specially harvested leaves is added to enhance flavor and taste.

Kirkland uses a nylon tea bag as you can see in the images, which allows for optimum water flow during the brewing process.

Steep in 80°C (176°F) hot water for 30 seconds, shake tea bag and remove. Sprinkle the remaining matcha from the envelope into the cup.

Kirkland Signature Green Tea is definitely a keeper. Clean, subtle, and pure. Trumps Lipton Greens anytime. Tazo’s China Green Tips are running second, but that’s another story.

The Tea Project: In search of the finest tea there is.

Come join me in this tea-tasting experience as I scour groceries and specialty stores in Metro Manila (or other parts of the Philippines if chance permits) for that healthy, tasteful, and wonderful drink specific teenagers and adults love.

Well maybe not for young children though.

Reviews will be as concise and straight to the point as possible. None of the flowery words that render any entry downright boring. Not much of a talker anyway.

Happy Tea Hunting! Cheers. :)