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Lupicia Lychee Barley Tea

Oppressively hot’ doesn’t even begin to describe a 40-degree day in Sydney. Thankfully, my trip to Japan had pre­pared me well with flavoured bar­ley tea. The Japanese and Koreans drink chilled bar­ley tea dur­ing the sum­mer for its refresh­ing and thirst-quench­ing tasty qual­it­ies. Ever since find­ing out about it, I’ve enjoyed chilled mugicha reg­u­larly and was delighted to find the fla­voured ones at Lupicia.

This Lupicia Lychee Barley Tea can be brewed either hot or cold and it’s fast becom­ing one of my favour­ites.

One tea bag is recom­men­ded to make 500 ml either as a cold infu­sion for 1 – 2 hours in the fridge or for 2 – 3 minutes for a hot infu­sion. I prefer to infuse one tea bag in 800 ml of cold water for 2 hours. A sip reveals a mildly fruity and nutty head that belies the fra­grant lychee fla­vour of the body. The lychee notes are slightly sweet with its sig­na­ture trop­ic­al and flor­al fla­vours that pair well with the subtle bit­ter cof­fee notes of bar­ley tea. The fin­ish, though, is where this tea shines — the refresh­ing lychee fla­vour comes to life in the after­taste, mak­ing it per­fect to cool down with. It’s less refresh­ing when hot, but still, a pleas­ure to drink.

This bag of Lupicia Lychee Barley Tea con­tained 10 tea bags. It was packed in Japan and pur­chased in Kanazawa, Japan in 2015.