We've been experimenting a lot with nitro tea lately, but what does that mean?
More or less it means that we've been going full on science experiment with our collection of loose leafs. Technically speaking, it means that we're been adding a different dimension to each tea: a head.
Have we already lost you? No worries! We're here to break down each aspect of nitro tea for you; start to mouthfeel finish.
The head that is created in the process of nitro is responsible for the development in flavor. The flavor of tea is broken down into three different sensations: taste, aroma and mouth feel. All of these are determined by the amount of different chemical compounds in the tea. When adding nitrogen to a tea we are not actually “changing” the flavor of a tea, but rather contributing to it. By nitrogenating a tea, a head of nitrogen gas forms on the top of the tea, contributing to a new creamy mouthfeel to the tea.
However, in our experiments and tastings with nitro tea, a common response that we get from tasters is that the result in taste is a less bitter tea. We came up with the following hypothesis about why this happens:
While nitrogenating a tea wont change the chemical composition of a tea, the presence of nitrogen bubbles sliding across your taste buds might inhibit their ability to perceive bitterness. Ultimately, the effervescence tricks your tastebuds into detecting less bitterness.
We geeked out pretty hard over nitrogen's ability to change our tea tastebuds. Check out our entire Nitro page for even more science and even our own guide on how to DIY your own nitro!