Sure, you’ve tried iced tea. But have you ever experienced icewine tea?
Icewine is a type of dessert wine that has been made from frozen grapes. When tea is added to the mix, it creates a refreshingly cool and crisp beverage that feels a little like drinking berries and caramel from the top of a glacier.
To make icewine, producers use grapes that have been harvested on the coldest day of the year. This is due to the fact that as the temperatures drop, the water within the grapes begins to freeze, forming ice crystals. This then causes the grapes to push out excess water, losing more and more liquid as the temperature continues to drop. By the end of it, there’s nothing left but sugar and acid, resulting in an intensely sweet, tangy, and bold flavour.
During the process, the icewine is de-alcoholised, meaning that even children can enjoy the sweet, fruity beverage.
Having originated in Germany, this delicious drink was originally referred to as ‘Eiswein’ and would be served at markets across the country. The beverage grew in popularity as more and more vineyards began to put aside parcels of vines for the sole purpose of creating Eiswein. The drink was rare – and extremely difficult to produce, and as such, it was one of the most expensive wines available.
Recently, icewine has undergone a surge of popularity in the cities and wilderness of Canada and the US. In fact, icewine has become so popular in North America that there are even festivals celebrating the beginning of icewine season.
Canadian icewine mixed with black or white tea is a heavenly combination. The tartness of the fruit blends with the maltiness of the tea, resulting in a surprising range of flavour profiles. Depending on the brewing method and tea types used, icewine tea can be mellow and delicate, or sweet and bright, or even earthy and dark.
One thing is always consistent with icewine tea: the composition is deep, rich, and complex. When blended with the bold and brisk tea leaves, the sweetness of the grapes are able to truly flourish.
As it just so happens, icewine tea is actually pretty good for you. Some of the health benefits of icewine tea include:
Perfect for the summer, this dynamic little blend brings a rare, crisp sweetness to the world of tea.
Icewine is made from a blend of black tea, white tea, currants, and Ontario icewine, with the tea origins being in Sri Lanka, Kenya, and India.
With its sweet pear notes with hints of berry and caramel, it can be consumed with or without milk, hot or cold, all day long.
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