After water, tea is the most consumed drink in the world. Tea was discovered in China more than 5,000 years ago. All tea comes from the same plant: camellia sinensis. The difference in taste is due to additives, environment and processing. Sparkling Tea and Kombucha are two original tea-based drinks. Great to pair with a nice meal or drink.
Sparkling tea is usually made by carbonating cold tea. This gives it a natural and light bubble. Sparkling tea is ideal as a pairing with a dish due to its unique and distinctive character. For example, the Saicho Hojicha is paired with umami dishes at Rijks.
Kombucha is a fermented tea that has been consumed for centuries, especially in Asian cultures. It is made by fermenting sweetened tea using bacteria and yeasts called SCOBY. This gives kombucha its characteristic effervescent and slightly sour taste. Wilder Land kombucha is made with weeds and flowers. Delicious and funky from Dutch soil.