A bottled beverage containing a green tea extract and having a pH of 2-6, is described. The beverage contains the following ingredients: nonpolymerized catechin and its analogues (0.01-1.0 wt.%); and carbohydrates (0.0001-20 wt.%). The beverage has a high catechin concn., good sensory properties (such as reduced astringency and bitterness), a long shelf life and retains its colour during transportation at high temp.

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