12 Best Korean Tea Brands for a Healthier Mind and Body

If I told you there’s a zero-calorie drink that tastes great and is healthy, you wouldn’t believe me.

Guess what, there is. Korean tea! 🍡

Korean teas are made from every root, herb and flower imaginable with rich and unique flavors. After a few thousand years of experimenting, they really whittled it down to the gems. Some lower blood pressure, boost immunity and help you lose weight too.

But which ones are the best?

I’m going to cover Korean tea brands by which tea variety they do best. I also include the region most famous for each tea type.

Get ready for some tasty, high-quality and (sometimes) affordable Korean teas.

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Great news for those living in the U.S.A., U.K., Canada and Australia, you can get these too!

Here are the best Korean tea brands I grew up drinking.

Let’s get started!

1. Best Green tea brand: O’sulloc (μ˜€μ„€λ‘) & Nokchawon (녹차원)

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O’sulloc tea is perfect for treating yourself or your loved ones. Have a cup of O’sulloc green tea after a steamy hot bath for the full spa experience. Be sure to check out their awesome tea experience if you’re ever on Jeju!

Nokchawon offers pretty good quality green tea at an affordable price. If O’sulloc is the Lexus of teas, Nokchawon is Toyota.

If you’re not sure about the brand, you can simply check the place of origin. Korean green tea from Hadong (ν•˜λ™), Boseong (보성) or Jeju (제주) regions guarantee above-average flavor!

2. Best Barley tea brand: Dong Suh (λ™μ„œμ‹ν’ˆ) & Woongjin (웅진)

Dong Suh Foods Corporation is the traditionally favored brand for barley tea (보리차 or bori cha)!

You can buy Dong Suh barley tea bags at H-Mart or other Korean grocery stores in your neighborhood.

Barley tea is great when served cold in summer and hot in winter by simply steeping one of their tea bags.

Dong Suh is also known for its instant mixed coffee: Maxim (λ§₯심). Maxim Mocha Gold is pretty sweet and tasty. It’s no surprise that it’s popular among the older generation.

Woongjin (웅진) sells ready-to-drink, zero-calorie barley tea, called “Sky Barley Tea (ν•˜λŠ˜λ³΄λ¦¬)”, available at Kim’s Mart.

Barley is barley in Korea and there’s no special region where it’s grown.

3. Best Honey Citron tea brand: BOKUMJARI (볡음자리) & Danongwon (닀농원)

Yuja-Cha is so extra it even has its own theme song!

Citron tea (유자차 or yuja cha) is of course best when mom makes it for the winter after the harvest season.

The next best is BOKUMJARI, which is a social welfare corporation specializing in jam and citron tea. You not only enjoy delicious tea, but also help others when you buy it.

Danongwon sells delicious sliced citron tea as well.

If you can’t find these brands, make sure to get citron tea from the Goheung (κ³ ν₯) area.

4. Best Ssanghwa-cha (μŒν™”μ°¨) & Mixed Grain tea brand: Damtuh (λ‹΄ν„°)

Ssanghwa-cha is great! Maybe I have the taste buds of a grandma, but I’ve always loved it since I was little.

It’s an herbal/root tonic containing jujube, cinnamon and more. Ssanghwa-cha has a bitter taste with a bit of a sweet note at the end.

Damtuh is available in the US with its American branch in Commerce, CA near Los Angeles.

This brand also offers a variety of grain powder like misutgaru (λ―Έμˆ«κ°€λ£¨) and yulmu-cha (율무차), which make excellent meal replacements with their nutty, savory flavor!

5. Best Corn Silk tea (μ˜₯μˆ˜μˆ˜μˆ˜μ—Όμ°¨) brand: Kwangdong (κ΄‘λ™μ œμ•½)

Kwang Dong Pharmaceutical sells drugs, health supplements and drinks.

They also make my favorite Cornsilk Tea Drink, which is 0 kcal with a clean, savory taste!

If you’re hungover, Oriental Raisin Tea (ν—›κ°œμ°¨) will fix you right up. When you wish to leave a good impression on an ajeossi, this $1 drink will do the trick. They’re always happy to get one.

6. Best Red Ginseng tea brand: CheongKwanJang (μ •κ΄€μž₯)

When it comes to red ginseng, CheongKwanJang is THE brand in Korea. They have every type of Red Ginseng extract, powder and beverage you can imagine.

You’ll find massive CheongKwanJang stores at every duty-free zone in Korea. They make a great souvenir for anyone over 40 in your life.

Ilhwa (일화) also sells ginseng tea, but is more known for “McCol (λ§₯콜)”, which is a barley soda. I used to drink it before yaja (μ•Όκ°„μžμœ¨ν•™μŠ΅, a voluntary study at night that was not so voluntary) after dinner in high school.

They make high-quality 100% pure Ginseng extract you can add to hot water to turbocharge your health.

7. Best all-around luxury brand: Chaeon (μ±„μ˜¨)

When money is no object, Chaeon is the brand for you. Imagine an amazing flower tea (꽃차) that blossoms in your tea cup. They make that dream a reality and more.

This brand is tough to find outside of Korea, but boy is it worth it. Chaeon offers Korean tea varieties that few outside the motherland have tried.

I love their teas because they’re processed the least. You get whole dried ingredients that pack a ton of flavor and health benefits. I only buy this brand for my best of best friends.

Here are some of the flavors they offer:

  • Peach blossom
  • Marigold flower
  • Burdock
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Cornflower
  • Swordbean

8. Honorable mention: Ssanggye (μŒκ³„)

Think of it as the jack-of-all-trades of Korean tea brands. They do many varieties and can be purchased overseas, but they aren’t marvelous at anything.

Their sampler set is the perfect way to get introduced to unique Korean tea flavors overseas. It makes a great gift for people you like just enough.

Ssanggye captures the vitality of Jirisan (mountain) and sells it to you.

Here are some of their flavors:

  • Mulberry leaf tea
  • Bellflower tea
  • Plum flower tea
  • Hibiscus tea
  • Puer tea

9. Best Kombucha tea brand: TEAZEN (ν‹°μ  )

Kombucha is so hot right now.

While it’s not Korean per se, the brand TEAZEN, became famous after Jungkook of BTS introduced “TEAZEN Kombucha” during VLive.

The brand is also continuing its success with actress Kim Tae-ri (κΉ€νƒœλ¦¬) CF (commercial).

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3 thoughts on “12 Best Korean Tea Brands for a Healthier Mind and Body”

  1. Hii I’m Sakshi from india and I’m 14 year old and actually My dreams is model singer Actress in south korea….so how can I become a model singer Actress in korea can you help me please

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    • Hi Sakshi,
      That’s great!

      I’m not sure how it would work for people under 18. I believe you’d need your parent’s permission to proceed. From there, you might want to start studying Korean and see how you like it.
      Usually, people in Korea start with one career, then broaden it like starting as a singer, then actress or something like that.
      You can perhaps start applying for global auditions at big entertainment agencies like YG, JYP or SM.
      Best of luck!

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