Top Pick Of The Week

September 15, 2009

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Golden Star Tea

Sparkling, elegant, the non-drinker’s Champagne. Photography 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
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Creating Golden Star Sparkling Tea

The sparkling tea is made from three simple ingredients: organic white jasmine tea, water and organic evaporated cane juice (the juice from the sugar cane stalks before it is crystallized into sugar).

  • Mountain Water. The water is sourced from California’s Sierra Mountains. It is carbon-filtered for purity, and then used to brew the tea.
  • Organic Jasmine Silver Needle Tea. Rare Silver Needle Tea from the mountains of the Fujian Province in China, the most valued and costly white tea, is used. It has been infused with jasmine flowers to give the white tea—the subtlest tasting of the four varieties of tea*—a complexity of flavor.
  • Organic Evaporated Cane Juice. Organic sugar isn’t processed like table sugar, so it contributes nutrients as well as the earthy caramel-molasses tones. There’s a more subtle sweetness and a balance to the acidity of the tea. Golden Star has 16g of sugar per 8 ounces. It’s moderately sweet and can be paired with fine food, like a demi-sec Champagne, a Gewürtztraminer or a Riesling.

Sparkling Tea
What’s required to make Golden Star Sparkling Tea? Three simple ingredients—white jasmine tea, brown natural sugar and water—and a lot of wine-making and brewing know-how.

*The four varieties of tea are black, green, oolong and white tea. Learn more about tea.

During the fermentation process, the tea develops a complexity of aroma and taste and a flavor balance similar to Champagne. Although there is a minute amount of residual alcohol (0.5% ABV), the beverage is non-alcoholic according to the guidelines of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Anyone who misses his or her glass of bubbly should be thrilled to discover Golden Star Sparkling Jasmine Tea. Ditto for anyone who simply wants something new, sophisticated and fizzy. Or those who are looking for a sleek new fizzy mixer for cocktails (see Cocktail Recipes, next page).

Here there’s no cork to pop, but you don’t have to be the “Big Spender,” either.

—Karen Hochman

Golden Star Tea Co.
Sparkling Jasmine Tea

  • 730ml Bottle

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