Barley tea enjoys most popularity in the East, and it’s a staple drink in China, Japan, and Korea.
In Japan, it goes by the name ‘mugicha’ and Koreans call it ‘boricha’; many families drink it on a daily basis. The drink is made by toasting barley, and then boiling it for approximately 20 minutes.
Traditionally served cold with ice, it is especially popular as a summer drink and many people drink it like water.
The tea has recently enjoyed greater worldwide popularity, and it is easy to find online or in specialist stores.
Since the tea is a grain-infusion made with roasted barley, it is not a “true” tea.
In regard to flavor, it tastes nutty, smoky and slightly bitter. There is very limited research on potential health effects of the drink.