Looking for some sereni-tea in your life? Our brew-tiful list helps you support local. | Original photo: Unsplash/Miti
Time to par-tea! Paiseh not the regular dumzi-dumzi clubbing kind, but the refreshing and healthy kind.
Did you know the world commemorates International Tea Day on 21 May? And the reason for the international day of observance recognised by the United Nations: the season of tea production begins in May in most of the tea-producing countries.
While Singapore doesn't have the geographical capability nor the climate to grow our own tea, we do have some tea-riffic local tea brands here. As always, we unequivocally #supportlocal lah, so let's raise a cuppa to these awesome ones:
Allerines Premium Tea
If you’re looking for a wide range of Chinese and artisanal teas, Allerines is your go-to. This local company has a decade’s worth of experience and is now served at over 30 F & B places. Their tea blends have quirky names like Strawberry Shortcake, African Sunrise, Counting Sheep and more. And hor, most importantly, if you order via the website, they offer free delivery within Singapore!
For the more hipster ones among us, A.muse serves up intriguing flavours (think alcohol-inspired and coffee-inspired tea like Sangria Punch and Caramel Macchiato) and they even sell DIY tea-blending boxes to gift fellow tea-lovers. Founded in 2013 by Angela Phua, A.muse started out as a pop-up stall and has now grown to become a retail supplier to hotels, restaurants, cafes, and more.
Kindred Teas makes specially crafted teas inspired by the founders' precious travel moments. They believe that tea can foster relationships, bringing you closer to the people you share it with, or simply enjoyed during some quiet Me-time. Their signatures include the Blooming tea collection, which transforms into a pret-tea bouquet when the "tea bloom" is dropped into a tall glass or teapot.
Ette Tea Company
Ette Tea will please all those who are siao onz about local flavours and food. Founded in 2014, they specialise in tea blends with Singapore and South East Asian tastes, like Pandan Chiffon and - get this - Chicken Rice. And if you’re looking for more exotic blends (like Peanut Butter and Banoffee Pie), they have those too. So mai tu liao, excite your tastebuds now - we bet they've never had a taste of such creativi-tea!
Calling all the cat lovers: now you can indulge in more cat-inspired stuff! Kittea was founded in 2016 from a love for tea and cats. Kittea creates gourmet tea blends with flavours inspired by each cat's unique personality and heritage like The Li Hua Mao (Seven Secrets Tea Tin) and The British Shorthair (Earl Grey Blue Tea Tin). The brand claims there are zero preservatives and no artificial flavourings in their blends. What's even more meow-vellous: they also sell cute cat-themed glass mugs and accessories!
1872 Clipper Tea
1872 Clipper Tea is a heritage tea brand and Singapore’s oldest tea producer. This laojiao guarantees the finest quality in their tea blends; try some of their bestsellers such as Earl Grey, Blissful Berries and Longan Paradise. They even do customisation and provide private labelling services. Plus, they have done work for big outfits like Singapore Botanic Gardens and Gardens by the Bay leh - don't play play.
Pek Sin Choon Pte Ltd
Established in 1925, Pek Sin Choon is one of the oldest tea merchants in Singapore that sells quality Chinese tea blended using the traditional style. They also pack the tea blends using the traditional triangular packing and squared packing. And the Singapore Tourism Board even allowed them the rights to use the Merlion logo for the unique packaging of two blends - namely Charm Of Buddha’s Palm and Royal Daffodil. Ups leh!
Gryphon Tea Company
Gryphon Tea Company traces its origins to a family-owned tea importer founded in Singapore almost 100 years ago. In 2006, a fourth-generation member of the family struck out on his own and the company quickly gained a following for its maverick ideas and heady enthusiasm. Gryphon Tea’s growing selection of tea recipes has received numerous industry awards and ships globally. At Gryphon Tea Company, they even have a travel series that contains teas inspired by the songs and scenes of Singapore.