Threw me off.
I thought you were gonna go “Hi, I’m Josh.” Everyone knows.
And he's Ollie.
That’s kind of undermining the intro here!
Hi, I’m Josh!
This is JOLLY!
That wasn’t a very JOLLY intro but…
Yeah, I feel quite Jolly!
What we thought we’d do today, is review some traditional English drinks.
Traditional English drinks?
Josh: How far back are we going? How traditional?
Ollie: The first one is from the 1820s.
Josh: Oh, that’s pretty traditional! Okay!
Chris: This seems like Robinsons…
That’s the first one!
Chris: Is it? Josh: Wait, what?
Ollie: That’s the first one! Josh: Robinson’s?!
Yeah that’s a traditional…
Robinson’s barley water.
There you go! That’s classic Englsih.
Barley water is something they have in Korea!
Ollie: This isn’t anything like that. Josh: No one knows that in England…
This is particularly English, I would say.
Also, that’s not water! That says orange on it!
It’s bright orange!
Basically, back in the day, in the 1830s,
They realised that if you boil barley with lemon peel,
It like stopped really sick people vomiting.
Chris: WOW! I love that. Josh: WHAT?
So we pour a bit in, like squash, pour water in on top.
So I don’t think I ever had this growing up.
And that’s why when I first went to Korea, and you were like let’s have some barley water,
I was like, sweet! Love it!
And you drank it and you’re like, What the HECK is this?!
Chris: Cheers, everyone. Ollie: Let’s do it!
That's Classic! That’s childhood memories right there.
You know like different senses have different abilities of conjuring up memory.
Ollie: The taste is quite good. Josh: Oh! A bit strong for me.
Ollie: That’s Good.
That feels like I’ve been playing in the garden.
Chris: Yeah, right? Ollie: I’ve got a bit of mud on my knees.
This is like drinking memories.
Oh, It’s so good.
That should be the ad campaign.
Fruit Barley from Robinsons… It’s like drinking good memories.
Funnily enough, now that I know what it is, and I’m drinking it, I can kind of taste the wheat!
The Barley! The grain!
It’s just like whiff. It’s like walking through a field of wheat.
Josh: Alright, Ollie: Next Up,
It’s been around in the UK since the Middle Ages.
The Middle Ages?!
Dandelion and Burdock.
Oh my gosh.
Chris: Dandelion and Burdock?! Josh: Wow! Okay!
This is that old!
This is old!
The thing is, I’ve seen this in pubs and stuff,
Josh: So you can buy it around in England! Chris: Yeah, I have actually seen it.
It’s just so traditional, that we didn’t even know it’s traditional.
Oh wow, I've never had that, and that smells freaking weird.
It’s fizzy as well!
Quite interested in this one.
I thought I had this before but that's so weird!
It’s like half way between root-beer and tooth paste!
And Dr. Pepper?
So this is like the original soft drink!
The original Dr. Pepper!
Cheers! Dandelion and Burdock.
Let’s do it!
That’s... That's quite pleasant!
That isn't as strong as I thought it was gonna be.
The smell is definitely stronger than the taste.
Chris: Which is weird! Ollie: Although…
It tastes a lot like anesthetic.
Chris: You don’t like it. Ollie: Josh’s tongue has already gone numb.
If this was like a medicinal drink from the Middle Ages,
I reckon they stole the recipe for this, made it taste good,
And then released it as Dr. Pepper.
Ollie: That’s a bold claim, that’s also liable...
Chris: Liable. Isn't that liable?
Ollie: I'm gonna distance myself from that statement. Chris: I’m not supporting Josh in this…
Ollie: Alright, so, Josh: Okay. Come on.
Okay. Everyone knows cider.
Cider is not really an English drink, it was actually invented in the Mediterranean region,
Josh: REALLY?! Ollie: But the reason I included it is because
The cider that we have in England is slightly different from cider anywhere else,
And it’s certainly different from cider that they have in Korea and the US.
Coz American cider is not alcoholic.
Really? Is that not just apple juice?
No, well it’s like a kind of... I think it’s fizzy?
I mean cider in Korea is basically Sprite.
It’s not alcoholic?!
Oh no, it’s, it’s… lemonade.
Cider is literally just like Sprite.
Cider in the UK is always alcoholic.
It can be like beer percentage? But it often is a bit stronger.
So this is 6% so that’s a strong…
That’s 7.4?! Oh my days!
Josh: This is traditional cider. Ollie: Yeah.
And this is like the classic, west-country kind of cider container.
Which may look little bit like maple syrup container.
So what have we got? We’ve got vintage dry cider and…
...Scrumpy Cider which I think is probably sweeter.
Scrumpy cider! That sounds...
Josh: That's a good name. Ollie: Another thing, this isn’t fizzy.
Josh: Yeah, this is traditional cider.
Chris: Oh REALLY?!
Ollie: This is flat. Josh: Yeah! It's dry! Yeah!
Chris: No... Ollie: Have you not had flat cider before?
Josh: Are you serious? Chris: Yeah! No!
Here, try some dry cider first. This is a strong one.
Josh: See? Christ: That looks like whiskey!
Almost no bubbles.
Chris: OH MY GOODNESS!
Chris: OH MY GOODNESS! Josh: What does it smell like? X2
Ollie: Oh wow. Josh: This is traditional cider!
Ollie: That smells like a pub toilet. Josh: This is traditional cider!
Josh: No it doesn’t…. Ollie: It does.
Chris: Okay, shall we go? Josh: Cheers guys!
Cider! Traditional British cider.
That’s made the little bits here go ZING!
Why are traditional drinks so strong?!
I don’t usually like cider,
And I would say that has reinforced my opinion.
It needs to be summer. I feel like it needs to have hay bales around us.
And then that would be awesome. You know environment makes a difference.
Ollie: It does. Josh: It’s almost... it's almost sour!
There's like, a real twang to it!
Josh: It’s like sharp. Ollie & Chris: Yeah. It is sharp.
Do we wanna try the Scrumpy one?
Smells almost like syrup by comparison.
I don’t know about that.
That’s kind of got a cheesy hint to it!
It tastes… somehow tastes more like fart.
I think it’s better than the vintage dry one.
Chris: Tastes like warm urine. Ollie: Yeah. It does.
Alright. So that was cider, we have one more drink, Chris.
Chris: Okay. Josh: One more! Alright!
Well, you always crack out the weird one last so I’m kind of interested… what you’re gonna do.
Have you heard of plague water?
Josh: Oh no… Oh no! Chris: PLAGUE water?!
Josh: That’s not a thing! Chris: Surely that’s not a thing…
Well, not any more, but we made some.
Josh: What do you mean we made some?! Christ: What do you mean?!
Let me just read.
Plague water is the name given to a variety of medicinal waters of supposed potency against the Plague.
Most commonly, it was distillation of various herbs and roots which were believed to be affectatious.
Typically recipes contained no less than 22 herbal products, both leaves and roots...
Josh: TWENTY TWO?! Ollie: steeped in white wine or brandy and then distilled.
Many of ingredients sound very strange to us indeed, But on further investigation,
A lot of herbs grow wild locally, or can be grown in herb garden or can be bought from online herb stockists.
Oh my gosh Ollie.
Oh my gosh…
This looks like death in a bucket!
That looks like it would give you the plague.
We’ve been fermenting this for the last week.
Chris: No you haven’t… Josh: NO!
Can you just consume all the stuff inside?
What is that?!
We need to strain it because there’s lots of herbs and stuff.
We had to go to an online stockist…
Buy 22 herbs and spiciess
22 herbs and spicies?!
Chris: Oh... My... Days… Ollie: So... Here are some of the...
Chris: You bought A LOT!
So we’ve got lemon balm… dried sage…
Chris: Mugwort?! That isn’t real?!
Josh: NO! Chris: That’s not real!
It’s used to stimulate and ease menstruation, Assist digestion and liver function, expel parasites…
Chris: Expel parasites… Ollie: And relax the nervous system!
I’m not sure, Ollie.
This hasn’t given me great confidence.
Okay, but it's medicinal.
I would say your chances of getting the Plague are massively reduced if we consume this.
Oh my goodness.
Give it a smell.
OH MY GOSH!
I can smell it from here!
Here, let me smell it.
That is unbelievable!
Ollie: Oh wow… Chris: You don’t need to go that close.
Smells like compost.
Alright, let’s pour it and strain.
This is amazing.
Doesn’t this feel a little odd? It feels like we’re conjuring up something.
It does. A little like a spell.
In Jesus name, no.
Okay. Let’s do this.
I wanna ladle it out.
Why are you ladling it?!
Here we are my potion…
Oh my Lord have mercy.
This is quite impressive!
Ollie: Thanks man! Josh: Plague water! I mean...
You can not find buy this ANYWHERE....
I’m quite interested in what it’s gonna taste like.
Is this alcoholic?
Yeah. It’s fermented in white wine.
Wow, this is an interesting drinking experience. Let’s hope we don’t all get ill.
I feel like there is a good chance we won't get the plague,
But we might get some other form of sickness.
Are you ready to relax your nervous system?
We’re gonna get mugworts everywhere…
How are you guys a straight faced...?! That is…
It’s so sour!
I don’t know if I like it or hate it!
It smells like herbs but taste like strained vomit.
Josh: Like acid! Chris: I don’t know!
Such a wimp!
I just wanna gag… it’s horrible!
Chris: I don’t know! I feel like… Ollie: Yeah! I could keep going!
Chris: It’s kind of... it's intriguing!
Chris: I’ve never tasted anything like it! Ollie: It is. It is.
You know what? It kind of tastes like freshly cut grass. You know?
That is better than I thought it was gonna be.
Definitely. Our expectations were rock bottom.
Yeah. Mine was like, if I projectile this over the camera, will it break it?!
It’s fine! If there’s a choice between drinking that and getting the plague,
I would choose that any day.
I think it’s kind of nice.
I’ve been taking big gulps. If you a take big gulp of that, it freakin' hits in the back of your throat.
Chris: I don't know! Josh: One shot it. Do it. X2 I dare you x2.
That’s gonna be harder to down... That's gonna be hard to handle.
It’s definitely harder… definitely harder if I’m honest.
He’s right. That is a lot harder.
You quivered...The lip quiver!
I’m covered in sweat.
Wow! That’s just.. sweat has literally just gone…
You know when you're just about to vomit?
Your body’s gone, AAHHHH!
Ollie! What are you doing!
Feel me! I’m so clammy! x2
Alright, so that’s been traditional British drinks. Have you enjoyed that, Chris?
It was fun.
I mean Robinson’s... Let's drink more memories. I liked that.
Let's do it. Agreed.
But the plague, less so.
Thankfully we abolished the plague a while ago.
Yes. It was good news that has gone.
Mainly so that we don’t have to drink this anymore.
Bubble bubble boil and trouble…
No! In Jesus name.
We’ll see you JOLLY soon guys.
See you later!