3 August 2013

Korea Yuza Tea 999 (Citron Tea 999) (Vanguard Supermarket, Birmingham) [By @SpectreUK]



This Citron Tea 999 was manufactured by Kookje Food, in Korea, who has been producing foods since 1963. I took this to be an orange tea as it had a chopped orange on the front of the packet. The ingredients included; citron juice, (BRIX10) 42%, Sugar, Citric Acid and Vitamin C, but strangely enough no tea! The net weight of the packet was 200g, per 100g it would be 248 calories, with 55g of sugar, and 0g fat. The serving suggestion was 25g, which I first thought was a little strange. There’s always a bit of a language barrier when trying imported foodstuffs, so I tried to decipher the Korean on the packet, but didn’t have much luck. I gave the drink a taste straight from the packet and it was ridiculously super sweet and strong in flavour. I realised that the small packet contained eight servings because it was a strangely packaged cordial. As the serving suggestion on the front of the packet was a cup and saucer I first tried this drink hot by adding boiling water. The drink was orange in colour and made a nice warming sweet orange and lemon drink, but not overpoweringly sweet. Sadly there was a hint of Lemsip about the orange and lemon flavour. It tasted a little like a hot watered down orange juice with added sugar. The next day I tried this cordial with cold water and found that it was best drunk that way, as it didn’t seem as sweet and saccharin, and tasted like an orange and lemon cordial. It was certainly better cold as it didn’t have any hints of Lemsip about it. I’d drink this Korea Yuza Tea 999 cold again, but I wouldn’t have it hot unless I was trying to fool someone with a placebo Lemsip who was putting on a heavy cold!
By Spectre

2 comments:

  1. I usually buy the Yuzu Tea in a jar. It looks just like marmalade (the version I get has peel in it). I like it hot, but end up with a lot of peels at the bottom, which get quite soft and nice at the end.

    It's a strange sort of "tea" though, I notice a lot of things that we'd consider jam or marmalade or syrup are sold as tea in our local Korean grocer.

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  2. Cybele - The addition of the peel sounds a bit weird, I'm not sure how that would work.

    To me 'tea' means made with tea leaves - but to others apparently just hot drinks.

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