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REAL Kombucha is this the best non-alcoholic wine alternative?

Something you might not know about me is I really drink alcohol. Some people find this quite shocking and strange. I have had so many questions about this over the years in a social setting. I have people approach this in nice ways and when people ask me if I am a recovering alcoholic. I just don't really drink alcohol. I guess there are a few reasons. I am into health and fitness and I like to keep on top of what goes into my body. Due to my anxiety, I like to remain in control in situations I am unsure of. I also can not deal with hangovers and I get them so bad. I have to write of days to drinking a few too many drinks and I like to be as productive as I can be. 

Some people just don't understand that a young person like me doesn't drink much alcohol. I can hand on hearsay to the doctor when they ask how many units of alcohol do you drink none. But saying that I am finding more of my friends are going alcohol-free too or at least having more alcohol-free months than normal. 

Now, this does not mean I am teetotal I do enjoy the odd champers with friends. But I do not need alcohol to have a good time. I am quite happy to have a non-alcoholic drink. Years ago this would have to be soda water and lime or something equally as boring but thank goodness the world is changing and there are now fun alternatives to wines. Today we are going to talk about my new favourite REAL Kombucha

REAL Kombucha 

The founder David and I appear to be kindred spirits in our alcohol-free journey. I am always looking for non-alcohol versions of drinks like wine. I just don't need the alcohol but I want something a bit special and that goes well with a nice meal. I am also always looking for drinks that have low calories and are lower in sugar. REAL Kombucha is also vegan so it is suitable for everyone. 

What is Kombucha? 

Kombucha is a mildly fizzy, fermented drink made from sweetened tea. It has many benefits to your health. It is actually really good for digestion and to help with nausea, stomach cramps and heartburn. It is said to have probiotic properties,  relieve stomach acidity and detoxify the digestive system. It has been drunk for years in Asia. It should be served chilled and in the perfect glass

So how do REAL make theirs drinks? 

I will let them explain as I am no expert. 
Fermentation of tea has been around for thousands of years, just as fermentation of grapes to make wines. But whereas winemakers have perfected their art to giddy heights, tea fermentation has typically been a homebrew.

Until now.
We have worked closely with winemakers, champagne makers, beer brewers and microbiologists around the world to perfect both art and science to produce the best tea fermentation in the world. Detailed microbiology, DNA testing, chemical analysis are all used to perfect our brews. 
Yeasts work on the unique compounds in the teas to produce fruity, spicey, floral and aromatic compounds that blend with the acids and delicate sweetness to give perfect balance to the drinks

Which REAL Kombucha have I tried? 

REAL Limited Edition, Iron Goddess
Well, this is a lovely little drink and I get its goddess name. It is amber in colour and has been produced as a seasonal special there are only 1000 bottles of this one. If you want one your better grab it now. This is delicious and I really like the delicate richness of the flavour. 

What REAL says about Iron Goddess
Grown in the mountainous region of Fujian province, the exquisite Chinese loose-leaf ‘Tie Guan Yin’ tea, which translates to Iron Goddess of Mercy, is a lightly oxidised oolong tea and one of the most prized teas around the world. Harvested in Autumn, in its original state the golden tea is full and balanced, with a sweet, long-lasting finish, a velvety texture and hints of stone fruits, caramel and toast with a slightly minerally undertone.

Fermented in stainless steel tanks for over four weeks resulting in deliciously complex flavours – raisin, macadamia, plum on the palate; stewed apple, honey, prune and dried apricot on the nose – and a beautiful butterscotch coloured liquid.

REAL Dry Dragon

This is one that is definitely comparable with a dry sparkling white wine like Sauvignon Blanc. This is dry in the best way and it is zesty and refreshing with the right about of bitterness. This would be great with a fish dish. I really like this flavouring and I think it is a very versatile drink. 

What REAL says about Dry Dragon

Dry Dragon is light and citrusy with notes of sweet lemons and grapefruit, but with a delicate leafy undertone. Dry and fresh, it is a perfect light summer spritz to be drunk at any time of day.

Lastly but not least 

REAL Royal Flush

Like its name suggest this one is special. It is decadent and regal in flavour. It is sweet but not too sweet. It is soft yet can hold its own with a burst of flavour. This one I would put as comparable with a chardonnay. It would pair beautifully with white fish and meat and even better with a cream sauce. If I had to play favriote then this one but be the winner but they are all so special and unique that they all have a place in my fridge. 

What REAL says about Royal flush
Produced from fragrant First Flush Darjeeling, picked by hand as the first tips of tea emerge in spring. The Indian city of Darjeeling itself is known as Queen of the Hills and its First Flush is known as the Queen of Teas.

The tea is richly fragrant and creates a brew that is fresh and floral. We add nothing, but the tea alone develops notes of rhubarb, white peach and a touch of blackcurrant. The fruit and spice flavours round out the acids to make it soft and delicate.

I would highly recommend Real Kombucha to anyone who is looking for a nice alternative to your favourite wine. With starting prices of £30 for 6 275ml bottles this is a really affordable alternative to wine and champers.  That tastes great and can be paired with food like wine for a nice treat. 

I have to also recommend the little stunning REAL sparkling bottle stopper. I have had a few of these types of products over the years and none of this has kept the fizz in a bottle like this one. Plus it is only £10 so it is a bargain for something so pretty and would make a nice gift if you are gift a bottle of REAL kombucha to your loved ones on this festive season. 

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