Top Pick Of The Week

September 15, 2009

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Golden Star Tea

Sparkling, elegant, the non-drinker’s Champagne. Photo courtesy Golden Star Tea.

WHAT IT IS: An all-natural brewed and fermented sparkling tea.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: There’s nothing on the market like it, and it’s terrific. We wish we could spend every day reading books on the patio, sipping Golden Star Tea.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Complex and wonderful flavors, natural effervescence, sophisticated, elegant and fun. The packaging is beautiful, elegant for serving to guests or to give as gifts. At $12.95/730ml bottle, give one to everyone you know for the holidays (teens can drink it, and will love it), and buy a case for parties.

Golden Star White Jasmine Sparkling Tea: An Alcohol-Free High

CAPSULE REPORT: Non-drinker? Designated driver? Otherwise avoiding alcohol, but yearning for something as sophisticated and flavorful? Golden Star White Jasmine Sparkling Tea was created for you. It looks like a glass of Champagne, but has the sweetness of Sauternes. You’ll like it so much that you may not notice (or care) that it’s non-alcoholic. It’s a real find for non-drinkers and drinkers alike: Anyone who seeks something new and exciting will love it.

In addition to sipping as a cocktail, Golden Star Sparkling Tea pairs well with fish (including sushi), cheese, salads and fruit desserts.

Golden Star White Jasmine Sparkling Tea is totally different from artificially carbonated tea soft drinks, be they herbal, green tea or other. The tea is fermented like grapes in wine fermentation tanks. While management is mum on the process, they describe it as a marriage of the artisanal crafts of wine making and brewing. The result is complex, sophisticated and as worthy of your attention as a good glass of wine. And, the ingredients are organic.

This sparkling tea is intoxicating—although no one will get intoxicated. Read more about it in the full review below.

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Golden Star White Jasmine Sparkling Tea: An Alcohol-Free High


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Introduction To Golden Star Sparkling Tea

When the founders of Golden Star Tea sought to create an exciting non-alcoholic beverage, they were inspired by tea. As anyone who has stepped into a tea shop knows, the breadth of flavor and intensity of the different varieties of tea is as complex as the world of wine. Take a look at this food-and-tea pairing chart if you have any doubt about that!

Like grapes, tea has been cultivated for millennia, and has a heritage of good health, hospitality and elegance. You’ll feel all of these when you share a bottle with guests.

Jasmine, made from white jasmine tea, is the first in what we hope will be a line of exciting non-alcoholic beverages from this innovative and talented group.

Follow us to Page 2 to see how Golden Star Sparkling Tea is created.

—Karen Hochman


Tea Plant
The tea plant has as noble a heritage as the grape, and can be fermented into a beverage with complex flavors. Photo © Zakir Ghouse | Fotolia.


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