Did you know that tea and wine have many similarities?
As strange as it might seem, the statement is true.
Both are hugely popular beverages, with millions of avid fans all around the world.
Both are grown from their respective crops which plays a significant role in the taste of the drink.
Wine is primarily made from grapes while tea comes from a plant called Camellia Sinensis that thrives at higher elevations. But that is not the only similarity between the two drinks
Read on and you will be amazed to find out that tea and wine share so much common ground.
Terroir is the French word for a list of environmental factors-soil, location, climate etc - which impact the growth and taste of anything. The word is mainly used for wine but can also be applied for factors impacting the growth of tea.
Since both wine and tea are made from a crop, the environment plays a crucial role in the final taste of both drinks.
For example, a rainy season can create large harvests of desired leaves and plump grapes, but with a weaker flavour profile.
Conversely, dry seasons will result in smaller yields that may have more pronounced flavours due to drying out of the leaves before they're fully matured.
This is one example of the impact of terroir on flavour of both wine and tea.
One of the most important aspects for the healthy growth of both tea leaves and grapes is to ensure that they are being nurtured properly.
For this reason, tea growers and viticulturists should avoid any pesticides or other chemicals on their plants because these can damage their health over time which affects the taste of the end product.
Mother nature also plays a big role in the successful harvesting of grapes and tea leaves.
For example, there could be unexpected rainfalls, drought, cyclones and other natural calamities adversely impacting the growth of both crops.
When you are sipping your morning tea from BRW Society and enjoying its smooth flavour, remember all that was possible because the plantation managers did their job correctly.
The same holds true for a good glass of wine.
Both tea makers and winemakers need to decide when to harvest the crop. The grapes should be completely ripe and the tea leaves completely grown for ideal taste.
You will be surprised to know that wine and tea do have a similarity in taste. That is due to the presence of Tannins (scientific name is polyphenols).
Tannins are natural compounds found in bark, stems and other parts of a tree. The compound is used in both tea and wine to add flavour.
In tea, high amounts of Tannin make it bitter whereas in wine it leads to mouth-drying feeling.
There is a surprising amount of similarity in the rituals of tea and wine
A glass of tea and wine is both a refreshing drink for the soul and good company. It can keep friends close or bring families together with old memories being re-lived over a beverage in hand!
Both drinks are popularly used as relaxing drinks - be it to unwind after a tiring day at work or to chill at weekends.
A glass of tea and wine is a good conversation starter and also helps a lot of people to get their creative juices flowing.
Enjoy your cup of BRW Society’s tea
So if you’re thinking of ditching your glass of wine in the evening after work, opt for a cup of BRW Society premium tea.
Order it today and taste it yourself! #DrinkBetterTea