‘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.