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Charbay Green Tea Vodka - Review

A New Kind of Tea Party

Charbay Green Tea Vodka has captured the essence of green tea

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.

Master 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.

On 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)

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Try this simple recipe for an Angele Green Tea Cooler cocktail

Angèle Green Tea Cooler

2 oz. Charbay Green Tea Vodka
2 oz. lemon juice
2 oz. simple syrup

Add 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.

(Recipe courtesy of Angèle Restaurant & Bar in Napa, CA)

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