Founded in 2017, The REAL Drinks Co. exists so that
everyone can live life unconstrained, whether they’re drinking
or not. Founder David had all but given up alcohol and found
that nothing paired with food in the same way as a wine. He
set about experimenting with fermentation and the impact of
conditioning and bottling on superior flavour.
REAL’s Naturally Fermented Sparkling Teas are produced in
their state-of-the-art Fermentery on the Waddesdon Estate
Dry Dragon is made using pan-fired Dragonwell tea. Otherwise known as Longjing, this is the highest quality panroasted green tea from Hangzhou, Zheijiang province and
ranks as one of the finest teas in China. The region is
famous for its natural beauty nestled beside West Lake.
Longjing tea leaves are pan-fired in big handfuls in a large
open wok. This is a highly skilled process, where the
operator delicately controls the level of bake to ensure that
they develop the best flavours in the final leaf.
Experts in fermentation, The REAL Drinks Co. produce nonalcoholic Naturally Fermented Sparkling Tea using
innovative techniques inspired by winemaking. A small
selection of wild yeast and bacteria is nurtured before being
inoculated into each batch to initiate a slow fermentation
which drives flavour, complexity and consistency.
Light and crisp on the nose with notes of honeydew melon
and a delicate leafy undertone. Dry and fresh on the palate
with flavours of sweet lemons, grapefruit and a gentle, nutty
finish. The perfect partner to summer salads, shellfish and