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REAL FAQs

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WHAT IS SPARKLING TEA?

Founded in 2017, REAL is a range of naturally non alcoholic fermented Sparklings, produced using the finest quality loose-leaf teas and served in place of wines and Champagnes at some of the UK’s best hotels, restaurants and bars.

WHAT DOES SPARKLING TEA TASTE LIKE?

Our Royal Flush is brewed from a First Flush Darjeeling tea. It is richly fragrant and creates a brew that is fresh and floral. We add nothing, but the tea alone develops notes of rhubarb, white peach and a touch of blackcurrant. The fruit and spice flavours round out the acids to make it soft and delicate.

Our Dry Dragon is light and citrusy with notes of sweet lemons and grapefruit, but with a delicate leafy undertone. Brewed from a Dragonwell Chinese green tea, it is dry and fresh – a perfect light summer Sparkling to be drunk at any time of day.

WHAT IS A SCOBY?

A scoby is the heart of the kombucha brewing process (the acronym stands for Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast). It is the bacteria/yeast culture that you add to your tea to kick off the fermentation. Anyone who has been near a kombucha brew house will recognise the scoby as the endlessly fascinating layer that grows on top of the liquid.

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SPARKLING TEA AND KOMBUCHA?

We ferment tea in a non alcoholic fermentation process to make our drinks, the standard name for which is kombucha – a traditional and ancient drink made by fermenting sugar, live cultures and tea over a series of weeks. Our process produces a complexity of flavours one would find in some of the best wines and Champagnes, the range of which is therefore consumed as a sparkling wine alternative opposed to a kombucha (which on the contrary is often drunk as a flavoured soft drink or for ‘gut health’).

HOW IS SPARKLING TEA MADE?

Referring to traditional techniques whilst utilising innovative processes in the art and science of non alcoholic fermentation unique to the brand, REAL’s drinks are produced using live cultures, sugar, water and exquisite loose-leaf teas. Most of the sugar is consumed in the fermentation process producing a range of Sparklings full of flavour and complexity.

HOW LONG DOES A BOTTLE OF REAL LAST?

On receipt of your drinks, store them in a cool place (ideally 20ºc or lower). Transfer them to refrigeration a day or so before consuming, so that you can enjoy them at the ideal temperatures. Consume by the best before date that you’ll find printed on your bottle.

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO YOU USE?

In order to create the wide range of exquisite flavours we only use tea, sugar and our proprietary live cultures. We add nothing else. We never adulterate with flavourings or juices. To achieve our great flavours we have to use the highest quality and most characterful teas, and we have to control our process with a level of knowledge and precision known only in the best wine making or beer brewing processes.

HOW MANY CALORIES ARE THERE IN A GLASS?

There’s 15 calories/100ml of REAL meaning that an average Champagne flute contains around 19 calories (based on 125ml serve). Not bad when compared to a glass of white wine which is around 100 calories.

Nutritional Info
Per 100ml

Energy: 15kcal, 61kJ
Protein: 0g
Carbohydrates: 3g
Of which sugar: 3g
Fat: 0g

CAN I DRINK REAL IF I'M PREGNANT?

REAL sparkling teas are naturally fermented and lightly filtered but as such remains a live product and as such contains live bacteria and yeast. However, this is nonpathogenic and generally a healthy addition to a balanced diet. We maintain exceptionally high standards of hygiene and testing to ensure this is the case. There is also a small remnant of alcohol, in the region of 0.5%.

We know many pregnant mothers-to-be that drink REAL as a refined non alcoholic alternative to sparkling wines, but we would always suggest you check with your doctor if this is of concern to you.

DOES SPARKLING TEA CONTAIN ALCOHOL?

Fermented tea contains a trace of alcohol as a byproduct of the fermentation process, but the amount is so small that it is does not build up in your bloodstream, and is therefore officially considered non-alcoholic. We are talking around 0.5%, which is the same as you would find in many non-alcoholic beers. This is why you’ll find us alongside the non-alcoholic beers and wines in supermarkets.

DOES SPARKLING TEA CONTAIN CAFFEINE?

At REAL, we brew with a strength of tea that is far below the level you’d have in a standard cup of tea. We also believe that some of the caffeine is dissipated in the fermentation process. However, as it is a tea-based product, allergies and sensitivities should be taken into consideration at your discretion. If you’d like to read about this in more depth, we’ve written about it on our blog, which you can read here.

WHERE CAN I BUY REAL ?

We sell it in a variety of spots around the UK and we’re really proud to be working with some of Britain’s most prestigious and well-respected restaurants, hotels and bars. Best to take a look at our map to find your nearest stockist.

CAN I ORDER REAL ONLINE?

Yes! We have our own online shop, which you can find here.

I WANT TO BECOME A REAL STOCKIST. HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU?

We work with a number of national distributors, and it’s highly likely that you can order us already. Drop us an email here and we would be very happy to set up a conversation.

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