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Tuesday, 14 November 2006

Barley cola...does anyone drink McCol?

In Korea, the major cola makers are everywhere. Coca Cola and Pepsi dominate the scene. On the weekend, I had the opportunity to try a new carbonated beverage. It's called McCol (link updated) and it's a barley flavored cola! It tasted like Coke/Pepsi, but less sweeter and with a taste of barley as the finisher. It was actually pretty good. So good that I bought a can yesterday on the way to work. On the can, it says it's fortified with Vitamins A, B and C (I can't remember correctly, can someone verify?)--so it must be good for you! ;-)

12 comments:

Jon Allen said...

I've not seen that one.
Have you tried the pine flavoured drink?
It's tastes like the smell of pine toilet cleaner. (if you see what I mean).
it was hard to keep it down.

Ben said...

Ah...맥콜! Man I miss that drink!

mark said...

It's made by Ilhwa.

Here's their description:

It is the first carbonated drink made of barley in Korea. It lately has attracted much attention because it contains a dietetic fiber called ¥â-glucan. It is a representative barley soda produced via a sanitary facility system using high quality water from the Chojung mineral spring. Balanced with moderate amounts of soda, barley, vitamins and lemon flavor, it has a cool, refreshing and clean taste. Also, no antiseptic treatment is applied to this product. Vitamins contained in this product are; vitamin C which strengthens the immune function and operates as an anti-oxidizer, vitamin Bq, which is known as a nutritious source essential for carbohydrate metabolism, and vitamin B2, which is necessary for nutrition metabolism operating as various enzymes do in a living body

http://www.ilhwa.co.kr/english/english.asp?m=detail&v=biz&c=beverage&sid=00054&sp=00053&l=2&pid=300050

mark said...

It's made by Ilhwa.

Here's their description:

It is the first carbonated drink made of barley in Korea. It lately has attracted much attention because it contains a dietetic fiber called ¥â-glucan. It is a representative barley soda produced via a sanitary facility system using high quality water from the Chojung mineral spring. Balanced with moderate amounts of soda, barley, vitamins and lemon flavor, it has a cool, refreshing and clean taste. Also, no antiseptic treatment is applied to this product. Vitamins contained in this product are; vitamin C which strengthens the immune function and operates as an anti-oxidizer, vitamin Bq, which is known as a nutritious source essential for carbohydrate metabolism, and vitamin B2, which is necessary for nutrition metabolism operating as various enzymes do in a living body

http://www.ilhwa.co.kr/english/english.asp?m=detail&v=biz&c=beverage&sid=00054&sp=00053&l=2&pid=300050

Gdog said...

Mark, thanks for the info...very informative.

Anonymous said...

I'm enjoying your blog. It's good that you're having so much fun. I often come here for respite, after so many political rants about Korea/Koreans in other expat blogs (it's getting to the point where I just stop visiting them). That's tiresome and who the f*** cares. Your blog is refreshing in that regard. It tells me how one can enjoy what you have, and not dwell in anger over something that you don't control nor effect you that much personally.

Keep up the good work.

EFL Geek said...

I drank that crap once a couple of years ago and ended up spitting it all over the sidewalk. Damn store had it right next to Coke and I grabbed it by accident.

Anonymous said...

A Korean friend of mine told me that McCol is made by an enterprise owned by Rev. Moon of the Unification Church. I did find a speech by Rev. Moon in which he refers to McCol. Intriguing!

Anonymous said...

Il Hwa, the makers of McCol, is indeed part of the vast financial empire of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon. You can read more about it in Nansook Hong's book, Under the Shadow of the Moons: My Life in the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Family. Ms. Hong was at one time married to Sun Myung Moon's son Hyo Jin Moon.

-Just another ESL teacher

Best Vitamins Supplements said...

I have fallen in love with this superb drink ever since trying it in Korea in 1988 and later in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

I must say Mc Col is the best of the best in the world.

The first time, I tried it was so, so. Could be due to my long term bad habits of conditioning my taste buds to other c*** colas.

After subsequent try, I love it. So does my wife, son and two daughters. My neighbours, colleagues and friends too.

For other cola addicts (no offemse please), I really advice you to educate yourself about the benefits of drinking MC COL and to switch from other so-called well known colas to MC COL.

Take care of your health, live well and God Bless.

Sincerely,
Alexander Paul
Ambassador for Peace

Bob said...

McCol is a great drink with a taste that can grow on you. It did with me. Compared to the thin and insipid taste of Coke, McCol is very refreshing and actually contains healthy ingredients- which tell you something about the character of the people that produce this product. It's also good to hear that sales of the drink support the great activities of Rev Moon. I just read his new autobiography: “As A Peace-Loving Global Citizen.” The book is deeply moving, and a wonderful testimony of an unselfish man. If the Coka-Cola Corporation did even 1% of the good this man did the world would be a vastly better place.

Anonymous said...

I love this drink. I'm a cola drinker but i've switched to this healthier drink not just because of the vitamins I get, but also because of the cool taste. Bubbly in my stomach...then makes me have a good burp. That's fantastic! i love it!

Oji of Singapore

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