It can be a daunting and honestly a little overwhelming when you’re facing a wide selection of popular teas out in the market, but fret not, we are here to help make things less mysTEAfying.
1. White Tea
White tea is believed to have originated from China and is made from handpicked young and delicate tea leaf tips and buds. In my opinion, this tea sits on the precipice of TEA-OLOGY (or all things tea) and is a humbling experience to be able to have a sip at any point in your life.
Unlike the heavier and louder flavours found in black tea, you’ll find that white tea is lighter and slightly sweeter in comparison. Furthermore, it doesn’t leave an aftertaste in your mouth. Along with its exorbitant price tag per gram, comes a myriad of health benefits from drinking this tea; antioxidant and anti-aging properties, cancer and diabetes prevention, cardiovascular improvement and even improve ones eyesight.
This will be the perfect gift for your parents or for those health conscious types and definitely not for a tea party. (keep it for yourself!). This is one of the most popular teas but unfortunately one of the most expensive teas as well.
2. English Breakfast Tea
For those of us who watch too much British telly, we are familiar with the concept of Brits serving a cup of strong tea to calm someone down after a shock, and they’d say something along the lines of, “sit tight while I make you something strong” , and more often than not, that cuppa would be an English breakfast tea.
English Breakfast Tea produces a soothing effect similar to that of warm toast and honey, and is the perfect comfort drink.
“Breakfast Tea” was orginally created by a Scott, and marketed to tea houses in London. People started including “English” to its name, and the name stuck. Maybe that’s why they went to war with one another.
In today’s context, especially in Singapore, this beverage is usually a complement to sweet pastries or desserts, or served as a specialty in a cafe. Nevertheless, good old English breakfast ranks 1 with respect to popular teas. Purchase a box of premium quality imported English breakfast tea from Twinings. Prices start from S$6.60 for a box of 25 teabags, to S$13.30 for a box of 50.
3. Earl Grey Tea
This tea is a blend that includes oil extracted from the rind of the bergamot orange, a fragrant citrus that lends a distinctive flavor to the tea. Earl Grey is one of the most adapted flavours of tea and widely popular for baking purposes.
Giving Earl Grey a try? Do consider TWG’s Earl Grey ice cream, sold exclusively at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
4. Chamomile Tea
Ah chamomile, the floral version of alcohol, and unfortunately the only acceptable of the two drinks to have in the office. (unless you work from home then by all means, I suppose…) But look at it this way, both drinks allow the drinker to feel more relaxed and also serve as a great nightcap.
Jokes aside, chamomile is also associated with health perks, such as the maintenance of glucose levels in the body, a remedy for skin irritation, and a stronger immune system.
A lesser known fact about chamomile would be that people have been using it for medicinal purposes even before the Middle Ages, and is akin to the family remedy for ailments ranging from fevers to even cancers.
People are still using chamomile for medicinal purposes but are also getting more creative with its uses; chamomile scented candles, chamomile flavored chocolates and sweets, and even chamomile fragrances are common gift choices for close friends and relatives.
5. Green Tea
Arguably the most popular of popular teas (it’s a pretty close fight with English Breakfast). The tea that you really can’t go wrong with, sold in bottles, cups, packets and found almost anywhere you wish. Green tea is your “safe” drink whenever you be in doubt of what to drink (besides water).
In Iran and Afghanistan, tea is their national drink. Green tea is served heavily sugared and consumed as a thirst quencher. For instance, the kawah, a traditional green tea, is a popular choice amongst the Kashmiris in Afghanistan to go with breakfast.
The traditional green tea ceremony of tea-pouring in Japan is still an integral social ritual. Japanese people see women who are able to perform it as well-educated and cultured.
To add, green Tea is refreshing, light, and easy to brew and would probably be the tea that will withstand the test of time.
Finally, we would like to know what’s your favorite tea!
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