You deserve better than teabags from the supermarket! Here are the best shops for quality blends of international and local teas
We love our teh peng and bubble tea, but sometimes we feel like having something of a little higher quaili-tea. For that, we hit up these international and home-brewed tea shops in Singapore. Whether you’re in the mood for something fruity, soothing, or cooling, these tea shops will sort out all your tea needs.
This distinctively modern tea company offers a spectacular selection of unique tea blends like the Sleep Tight, Just Peppermint, and Creme Brulee – 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, #01-20, 313 Orchard Road, Singapore 238895. p. 6835 7085. Open daily 10am-10pm.
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.
Kusmi Tea, pop-up store at basement of Takashimaya Singapore.
The Mcdonald’s nasi lemak burger was weird (and wonderful) enough, 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.
One of the newest 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 teabag is tagged with a motivational note. We think that’s a delightful way to start the morning.
Collaboration Tea, available online.
With tea blends like Ooh La Orchard, Tekka Minute, and Marina Magic, its 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, available online.
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.
Gryphone Tea Company, available 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 company also offers a range of bespoke hampers that’ll make the perfect gift for tea-loving friends and family.
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.
Tealy, available online.
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