The Effects of nitrogenating tea
Nitro tea is an awesome way to take your tea to the next level by introducing a totally new aspect of the drink, a head.
But what effects will we get to our drinking experience when we add the nitrogen head? In order to understand why the head happens, read our article on the science of nitro tea, but for a purely effect based analysis read on.
The one thing we need to all be on the same page about before continuing is what exactly is the flavor of tea? 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, through much science, a head of nitrogen gas will form on the top of the liquid. This will contribute a new creamy mouth feel to the tea.
However, in our experiments and tastings with nitro tea, a common response that we get from tasters is that when we nitrogenate a tea the result is a less bitter taste. We decided to explore more about why this decrease in bitterness is happening and we came up with the following hypothesis. While nitrogenating a tea wont change the chemical composition of a tea, the presence of nitrogen bubbles sliding across you’re taste buds might inhibit their ability to perceive bitterness. This could explain why the tea seems to be less bitter.
Now that you understand the effect of what nitrogen is doing to tea you probably want to learn about how to replicate that effect on your own. Check out our how to make nitro tea article.
*Note the above information is based on the independent research and experimentation of the Tea People team, we warmly welcome criticism and critique on our theories about this immerging new trend in the world of tea.