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Bacardi Has Created What Could Be the World's First Tea Spirit

Breakfast drinking just got legit.
By Shannon Connellan
March 20, 2015
By Shannon Connellan
March 20, 2015

Finally, the Bloody Mary will have a breakfast bev companion. Bacardi has been cooking up what is thought to be the first spirit distilled from tea leaves, a new product they're calling Tang. Although we're pretty sure that's already a long-copyrighted drink name for a sugary orange fizz, Bacardi are running with it as inspired by the Chinese Tang Dynasty — when the country's obsession with tea really put down its roots. And with tea still the second most widely consumed beverage in the world (behind coffee, of course), it looks like Bacardi's capitalising on a still-travelling bandwagon.

Someone at Bacardi obviously saw more than The Grim in their tea leaves. Apparently the company has been developing a brand new distillation process for four years, according to The Spirits Business. Releasing complex sugars from green tea leaves, the process makes the tea leaves fermentable — so able to become booze. Looks like someone at Bacardi left the leaves in their home teapot too long and had a Brilliant Idea. The fermented gloop then heads to distillation phase, before being blended to really get those tea flavours out. Then the whole thing is diluted with French spring water at Cognac's Grey Goose distillery and you've got yourself a 'tea spirit', designed to drink alongside Chinese food or dropped into cocktails.

If you're all fired up to drop a little Tang in your morning cup, be warned; it's going to be exclusively distributed in China (initially only from DFS Hong Kong until May). Plus, it's not going to be cheap. Bacardi are only making small batches of 2000 500ml bottles a go (HK$1888 or AU$318), with the first 500 of the batch numbered, so you're going to see some pretty steep eBay prices on Tang.

Via The Spirits Business.

Published on March 20, 2015 by Shannon Connellan
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  • Reader comments...

    Matejay - April 8, 2015

    Or an amazing and popular range of spirits sold in Europe called Tatratea, made from black and white tea and various herbs that's been on the market for more than a decade... yeah, not really the first.

    Martina Destro - March 23, 2015

    Have you ever heard of LongLeaf Tea Vodka? This existed long before Tang and it tastes delicious...

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