Tea has served a multitude of benefits over the centuries. From bringing people together, to providing the perfect respite after a tough day. Although the age-old tea tradition is celebrated through daily rituals, the field is nonetheless bubbling with innovation.
In comes Copenhagen Sparkling Tea! A combination of Nordic innovation and Asian tea traditions resulting in an organic low-/non-alcoholic sparkling drink based on the careful selection of exclusive tea sorts.
Sparkling Tea was developed by the award-winning sommelier Jacob Kocemba, during his time at a Michelin restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark. He realized the many possibilities within the world of tea, when he couldn’t find a matching wine for a dessert, despite a wine cellar of more than 1,700 wines. Instead, the solution came in a homemade tea extract, which consisted of a blend of different exclusive teas. The new drink became a great success and a favourite amongst the guests of the restaurant.
The Sparkling Teas, imported and distributed in Malta by Tettiera® are made of a blend of up to 13 different teas – organic, of course – in a combination of black, green, white and oolong teas. Only highest quality teas sourced from the best plantations and producers around the world are included in the blends.
Jacob Kocemba, the sommelier behind Sparkling Tea, hand-brews all the tea. Each tea is therefore handled individually, and every production is done in small batches to ensure no detail is overlooked.
The tea blends are bottled together with a dash of white wine or grape must as natural sweetness and to complement and enhance the flavours of the teas. Other natural aromas such as lemon juice are added, to hit just the right notes. There are no artificial additives in our Sparkling Tea. The bottles are then left to rest for 8-12 weeks.
When to serve Sparkling Tea
If you consider yourself a foodie for an interest in the finer things in life, Sparkling Tea could be the next thing you serve at your upcoming gathering. We say, why not!
Sparkling Tea is not only refreshing but a sheer celebration. The bubbles play beautifully on the palate whilst the tea gives an all-round earthy, grounding feeling of wellbeing inspiring a zest for life.
Although many may think that Sparkling Tea is to be served in the place of dessert wine to round off a meal, this is not necessarily the case. As the weather gets warmer and you’re planning a terrace party for friends or a casual picnic with family, you may choose to swap your usual bottle of Rosé or Sparkling wine for this sexy number.
Pairing Sparkling Teas
The world is your oyster! Sparkling Tea pairs brilliantly with raw or cooked fish and seafood. Yet if fish is not your thing, you can also complement it with some soft cheeses like brie cheese as the bubbly cuts through the fattiness in the cheese.
Danish Food journalist, Rasmus Palsgård has taken the time to pair the Sparkling teas. You can read his full article here.
He pairs the Sparkling Tea LYSERØD (o% Alcohol), which is the lighter and more aperitif-like of the options out there. The various types of tea from different locations in Asia give LYSERØD a rather Asian character. LYSERØD’s presents floral and herbaceous notes from the Darjeeling and Oolong teas, an almost smoky berry character from the hibiscus and the subtle umami character coming from the Japanese tea, which contributes with an almost seaweed kind of aroma and taste.
You must be gentle when pairing food with this sparkling tea in order not to overpower its subtle notes. Thus, Rasmus Palsgård decided to go with an almost sashimi-like serving of cod to create a light and kind of Japanese sensation.
Another Sparkling Tea, BLÅ (o% Alcohol), starts out with delicate aromas of Jasmine, chamomile, and a hint of citrus. This is followed by a round taste from the careful selection of white teas and accompanied by good complexity and depth from the green teas. It ends in a long finish joined by comfortable tannins created by the Darjeeling First Flush. The colour is light green with yellow nuances.
BLÅ is the perfect alcohol-free aperitif. It also pairs beautifully with various starters, vegetarian or light mains, and most desserts.
There’s no time like the present to plan that lovely gathering to whip out your best Champagne flutes to serve this glass of bubbly heaven at around 5 degrees!
Try these Recipes
Local publication, Served Magazine, provides three seasonal recipes for an easy outdoor dinner, which include a meringue, flourless orange and almond cake as well as a Tart with an scrumptious oatmeal short crust pastry.
Rounding off the Party
You can round off this delightful experience by pairing this sparkling tea with the vast selection of Tettiera® hot teas. For instance, the Jasmine and Darjeeling in the BLÅ can combine perfectly with our single origin teas such as the Darjeeling Maharani Hills.
So there you have it, a perfect alternative to alcohol, providing an experience which not only impresses guests but also tantalizes the senses and speaks to the soul. Consider Tea your perfect life partner, providing not only health benefits but can now also be incorporated in your moments of celebration.