Real Kombucha began in early 2016 when founder, David Begg, had all but given up drinking. A big lover of food, David found he missed the joy of pairing great wine with great food, and increasingly began to notice that people choosing not to drink were not catered for in any serious, sophisticated manner. When a friend introduced him to an earthy, rich, oolong kombucha, he realised there might be a real alternative.
His first brew, made with a silver needle tea that he happened to have bought on a family holiday to India, resulted in a kombucha that produced incredible floral, aromatic flavours. Putting together a small team that included nutrition innovator, Adrian Hodgson, and tea expert, Will Battle, the nascent company experimented with 150 different teas until he came up with the finest in fermentation: Real Kombucha.
Royal Flush is brewed from First Flush Darjeeling, known in India as the Queen of Teas. The first two tips of tea, picked as they emerge in the first bloom of spring, are dried carefully to tease out all of its delicate character.
Dry Dragon is brewed with pan-fried Dragonwell green tea from Zhejiang Province in China. Fresh leaves are wiped around a piping hot wok to stop the natural oxidation process early. Unlike Japanese green teas, steamed to give a distinct grassy flavour, Dragonwell reveals more complex nutty and straw-like flavours.
Smoke House is brewed from a delicate, smokey black tea from the district of Yunnan in the high mountains of southern China. It is often grown by smaller, permaculture plantations. The growers climb the ancient, fully-grown trees to pick the finest leaves.