Charbay Green Tea Vodka - Review
A New Kind of Tea Party
A soothing cup of green tea is always a delight to the senses.
Teas like Jasmine or Matcha carry sweet fragrances that are noticeable yet subtle and
a taste that is clean and smooth. With its refreshing taste
and aroma, green tea is used to flavor many items, from
ice cream to spa products — and now vodka.
Distiller Miles Karakasevic of Charbay has captured the
essence of green tea in his newest brainchild, Green Tea
Vodka. The idea began five years ago, when Karakasevic wanted
to “highlight the delicacy, lightness and fragrance
of green tea — but in a martini or rocks glass.”
Since then, he has worked to source, extract and distill
various green teas in order to perfect his vodka. The final
product is flavored with the extractions of four Chinese
green tea varieties, all blended in a style similar to the
way perfume is created. This attention to the vodka’s
aroma is especially appreciated—since many vodkas
smell overwhelmingly alcoholic — and gives the spirit
a balanced structure and smooth finish.
the nose, the vodka is almost floral, with remnants of Jasmine
tea. Its sweet taste continues on the palate and finishes
strong and clean, with a surprising aftertaste of tea, not
alcohol. Although many vodkas are used for cocktails, this
would do much better served in a chilled martini or straight
up on the rocks, much like a cool iced tea. We’d recommend
adding a few fresh raspberries or a squeeze of lemon for
an extra kick.
by Nancy Huang
Price: $36 (750ml)
For more information, visit www.charbay.com
Read our review of Charbay Vodka
Angèle Green Tea Cooler
oz. Charbay Green Tea Vodka
2 oz. lemon juice
2 oz. simple syrup
all ingredients to an ice-filled highball glass,
then top with soda water. Roll gently into a
shaker to mix, then pour back into glass.
courtesy of Angèle
Restaurant & Bar in Napa, CA)