Dashing Industrial Mesona Grass Jelly Herbal Tea

Grass jelly is a sweet dessert eaten in vari­ous parts of Asia includ­ing Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia, and in recent years, we can even find it as a choice of top­ping in bubble tea in Western coun­tries. Prior to that, though, you’d be most likely to find it chilled and sweetened as a bever­age in cans at Asian super­mar­kets like this Dashing Industrial Mesona Grass Jelly Herbal Tea. It con­tains 22% grass jelly.

The bever­age is a trans­lu­cent dark brown, almost black col­our with a sweet herb­al nose. Served chilled, the liquid com­pon­ent comes through first with sweet and fra­grant herb­al notes much like the aroma before reach­ing the jelly. The tiny cubes of jelly (5 mm) carry a more smokey under­tone that’s char­ac­ter­ist­ic of grass jelly, essen­tially being a more con­cen­trated ver­sion of the liquid. That said, the fla­vour is gentle, without being over­power­ingly herb­al like Chinese medi­cine. While enjoy­able, the weight of the jelly cre­ates dif­fi­culties in con­sum­ing this ‘jelly drink’ as it invari­ably ends up with a col­lec­tion of the jelly at the bot­tom of the can.

This can of Dashing Industrial Meson Grass Jelly Herbal Tea con­tained 320 ml. It was pro­duced in Taiwan and pur­chased in Sydney, Australia in 2017.