Sparkling cold-brew tea producer looks to tap into alcohol-free sector

A range of sparkling cold-brewed teas – designed to transform the way we pair alcohol-free drinks with food – is about to hit the market.

Saicho Teas (rsp: £8.99) are packaged in 50cl bottles, and there are three in the range: Jasmine, Darjeeling and Hojicha.

The drinks are cold-brewed for 24 hours to extract the flavours from the tea leaves. They are then finely balanced with a hint of sweetness and a “dash” of acidity. The sparkling nature of the drinks allow them to be enjoyed as a non-alcoholic alternative to Champagne or Prosecco.

The concept was created by husband and wife team, Charlie and Natalie Winkworth-Smith, who came up with the idea out of a personal desire to create a non-alcoholic drink that could pair well with food.

After two years of testing and experimenting with flavours and teas from around the globe, they chose their first teas as ones that could pair well with food.

Darjeeling has notes of wood spice, nectarine and muscatel, and it is said to pair well with grilled meats.

Hojita is roasted green tea from Japan, which has notes of seaweed, roasted chestnuts and molasses. It pairs well with Asian salads or cured meats.

Jasmine has a rich creaminess and delicate floral aroma. A distillate of toasted oak adds notes of vanilla and spice. It pairs will with creamy pasta or panna cotta.

The company said: “Saicho teas are the perfect option for those who choose not to drink but would like to enjoy an elegant glass of bubbly to go with their meal. Ideal for both luxurious, but light lunches, paired with dinners, or as the perfect accompaniment to afternoon tea, Saicho is bringing something entirely new to a market, uniquely filling a space between the traditional wine industries and the burgeoning new world of non-alcoholic drinks.”

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