We’re as serious about our tea as we are with our coffee in Singapore. Fellow tea snob? Here’s where to find the premium stuff, whether you’re loose or like it in a bag...
So what if we’re avid bubble tea or heavy coffee drinkers, we still know how to appreciate a good beverage when we see it. Life in Singapore is already so hectic, there’s nothing more we love to do than to curl on a couch with a cup of tea. Commence relaxation time…
A weakness of ours? Beautiful handcrafted tea blends in even prettier packaging. A.Muse Projects hit all the right spots with its range of products. From honey-blended Prana Chai to alcohol and coffee-inspired blends (Rose Moscato, Scotch or Sangria tea, anyone?), this innovative tea brand is stocked in a couple of restaurants and places around town including Odette, Looksee Looksee and The White Rabbit.
A.Muse Projects, online
From Blood Orange to Blueberry Merlot, Tea Forte’s fruity tea blends sure are interesting and they are committed to practising social responsibility, sustainability and caring about well-being of others in their business. The quality of leaves Tea Forté uses is represented in less than 1% of all the teas available, making them one of the finest leaves in the world! And if you’re looking for elegant teaware to accompany those new blends, Tea Forte stocks quite an impressive range. Free delivery to Singapore applies on orders above $150 so there’s your excuse for a new teapot…
Tea Forte, online
These days, you’ll find London-based Newby teas in posh uppity establishments, but this company was the result of a passion project. Nirmal Sethia sacrificed the easy life to set up his tea business from the scratch. And what a long way it has come. Bestsellers include classics like Earl Grey and English breakfast, but stuff like milk oolong and ginger lemon are among the favourites too. Good news, it ships to Singapore!
Newby Teas, online
Pek Sin Choon
All the Earl Greys and detox blends aside, Chinese tea is an important part of the tea culture. Started in 1925, Pek Sin Choon is one of the oldest tea merchants in Singapore and one of the few that has retained the tradition of blending itsown tea leaves. You’ll find premium grade tea leaves for Jasmine, Puer, Oolong, Tie Guanyin blends.
Pek Sin Choon, 36 Mosque Street, Singapore 059514
Wang San Yang
Popular among local tea drinkers, Wang San Yang has been a reliable source of authentic Chinese tea since the 1950s. With tea leaves that have been carefully selected and purchased directly from the tea plantations to retain its freshness and quality, Wang San Yang also import exquisite tea sets from overseas to complete that ultimate tea-drinking experience.
Wang San Yang, various locations
With a philosophy of creating products that support the mind, body and spirit, Yogi Tea products are all about the feel-good vibes. Sample exotic blends like Chai Green and Cinnamon Vanilla or settle down with a detox and wellness blend like the Rose Hibiscus or Roasted Dandelion teas. Plus every tea bag comes with an inspirational quote for you to get through the day.
Yogi Tea, online from iHerb
Tea lovers will appreciate this brand. Teabox products are sourced from over 150 tea gardens across Darjeeling, Assam, Nilgiris, and Nepal and aims to connect the tea from crop to cup – straight to tea drinkers, not to distributors or to sellers. Choose from the handpicked selection of the freshest and the finest teas in the catalog. In addition to classic blends, there is an exciting range of iced teas, flavoured and non-flavoured blends to choose from.
This distinctively modern Australian tea company offers a spectacular selection of unique tea blends with interesting names like the Gorgeous Geisha, Gone Surfing and Popcorn Chai – available in gift-ready cube, foil, and tin packaging. The store also stocks marvellous modern teaware like cups, teapots, and other brewing tools and accessories, making this your one-stop-shop for everything related to the wonderful world of artisanal tea.
T2 Tea, various locations
This one’s a brand that’s certainly steeped in history. Founded over 150 years ago, Kusmi Tea is a French teahouse that balances modernity with tradition. Its lineup includes classic, legendary blends as well as more avant-garde blends of black, green, and red teas. The label is available at the Kusmi pop-up store at Takashimaya, several outlets of The Marketplace and at the lifestyle store in Tiong Bahru restaurant Merci Marcel.
Kusmi Tea, various locations
We’ve had a slew of nasi lemak flavoured food products, but how about nasi lemak tea? This esoteric offering by ETTE Tea features a fragrant rice blend of houjicha with genmaicha, coconut flakes, dried pandan, and dried chilli making for a distinctly savoury cuppa. They also offer other local blends like the Chicken Rice and Ice Kacang along with more continental blends like the Moscow Mule and the Fruit Cake.
ETTE TEA, #03-25, 333 Kreta Ayer Road, Singapore 080333
Don’t let the posh English vibes fool you, TWG (The Wellbeing Group) Tea is Singaporean through and through. Co-founded by Taha Bouqdib, Maranda Barnes and Rith Aum-Stievenard in 2008, TWG’s stores and cafes islandwide stock a remarkable collection of over 800 single-estate, fine harvests, and exclusive tea blends from tea-producing countries around the world. The brand also offers tea-making paraphernalia like tea tins, fine bone china teacups and hand-blown glass, porcelain, stoneware and cast iron teapots.
TWG Tea, various locations
One of the newer tea companies on this list, Collaboration Tea was founded in 2015 by two friends with a deep love for fine tea blends. The collection includes classics like Earl Grey, Pu Erh, oolong, and camomile as well as more exotic blends like Passion Mansion Vanilla Creme, and Lychee Martini – all packed in silken pyramid sachets. In a rather sweet twist, each tea bag is tagged with a motivational note. We think that’s a delightful way to start the morning.
Collaboration Tea, online
With tea blends like Ooh La Orchard, Tekka Minute, and Marina Magic, it’s clear to see that Pin Tea is a Singaporean brand that’s proud of its roots. Opt for bold Singapore-inspired blends like the Sentosa Sunrise which features a robust Darjeeling Black Tea or opt for cooling blends like the Kampong Glamour with sencha green tea and peppermint.
Pin Tea, online and available at Naiise
Gryphon Tea Company
Gryphon Tea Company traces its origins back a hundred years to a humble family-owned tea importer in Singapore. In 2006, a fourth-generation member of the family rejuvenated the business and founded Gryphon Tea Company. Available online and through dedicated distribution partners, Gryphon Tea offers customers artisanal blends of black, fruit tisane, green, herb, oolong, pu-erh and more. Some of the company’s more unusual blends include the chocolate truffle mint tea with black tea, mint, and cocoa.
Gryphon Tea Company, online
The 1872 Clipper Tea Co.
Founded in 1872, this tea company boasts a vast selection of teas ranging from masala chai, Assam, English Breakfast, and Earl Grey blends to more adventurous tropical creations like Lychee Fiesta and Peach Breeze. The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. also offers a range of bespoke hampers that’ll make the perfect gift for the tea snob in your life…
The 1872 Clipper Tea Co., various locations
From the Eight Secrets From The Far West to the Kimba Fruit Blend, Tealy is a brand that’s bold with experimenting with unique flavours. Their collection of teas may not be vast, but the brand more than makes up for it with its thoughtfully curated blends.