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There has been a small ginseng craze lately. It appeared with the craze for everything else Asian, like Sushi, fung shui home decorating, tai-bo and apparently Japanese Game Shows (have you seen that new reality tv show?). Where as sushi contains mercury, ginseng has been reported to be beneficial to your health. It is claimed to be a stimulate, cause euphoria and improve memory. Now no matter how crazy we are for ginseng here in America, we can’t beat the craze for ginseng in Korea. Check out this drink.

I’ve heard of adding ginseng to enery drinks, tea and pills, but who would imagine adding honey to ginseng. This tiny bottle contains an actualy ginseng root, water and honey. That’s it (well I think there was a preservative in there too). When I saw this at the local Asian market I had to have it. No better way to experience the effect of ginseng than to drink…. ginseng. I opened to bottle and attempted to remove the root. There’s just something strange with drinking a drink that has a huge ginsend root in it.

I wasn’t too successful. The root broke at the end leaving a fair amount left in the drink. The drink tasted kind of funny. It kind of tasted like drinking grass (not like I know what that tastes like…….). There was a fair bit of sweetness to it but nothing strong. It really tasted like you would expect a purely herbal drink to taste like. Surprisingly I did feel different after drinking it. It wasn’t a strong feeling, and it wasn’t like I was pumped on caffeine but there was a definitely a different feeling. I want to explore it more and plan on purchasing another drink or two the next time I hit up my local Asian market.

Final Verdict:

Taste 4/10

Health Effect 6/10

Coolness 10/10