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Tea Party in the City

Pei Xia Ang

Last weekend, I stumbled upon Singapore’s first tea festival, conveniently located in the heart of Singapore’s shopping district.

Presented by The 1872 Clipper Co., this festival uses tea as a medium to showcase the journey of Singapore’s rich heritage. Join me as I walk you through my TEAriffic experience there.

Tea Market

1. The 1872 Clipper Tea Co.

tea festival 1872 clipper co

As part of the National Day Collection, The 1872 Clipper Tea Co., unveiled a series of tea inspired by local hawker drinks. Flavors include Bandung, Longan, Pineapple, and Chocolate Malt. The best thing about them is that they taste exactly like our favorite hawker drinks, sans sugar.

Made from white tea and rose extract, a unanimous favorite was the Bandung tea.  The white tea gave it a light flavor, while the rose added a floral touch. Sold in loose tea leaves, this blend captures the authentic taste of a drink that is integral to Singapore’s heritage.

tea festival traditional drinks

Oh, and check out their packaging, designed to look exactly like how the hawkers sell them!

2. A.Muse

tea festival a muse

There’s an old saying that alcohol and tea should not be mixed, but the team behind A.Muse took this saying and threw it out of the window. Say hello to alcohol-flavored tea, a creative infusion by A.Muse.

Gracing the shelves are flavors such as pina colada, chardonnay, and scotch. But before you get carried away with plans to restock the office pantry, I should probably warn you that these teas do not have any alcohol content.

Additionally, A.Muse does blends like caramel macchiato tea. Heavily reliant on spices like vanilla, the scent of this tea initially reminded me of cake. But as I sipped the rest of it, the familiar sweet taste of caramel got my taste-buds singing with joy.

3. Juan Tea

tea festival juan tea

The first thing that catches the eye as one passes the Juan Tea booth display is the vibrant array of flavored teas. With colors from blue to green and red, the teas are inspired by the current trend of food with rainbow coloring. (See also: rainbow cake)

Aside from drawing influence from Western culture, Juan Teas are made with Chinese traditional herbs, known to cure most ailments for generations. These include lemongrass, chrysanthemum, and peppermint.


1. One Kueh at a Time

tea festival one kueh at a time soon kueh

With yummy soon kuehs (turnip stuffed dumplings) made from a family recipe passed down from over 30 years, it was a tough feat to consume these babies one at a time.

I managed to give the beetroot soon kueh a try when I was there.  The zesty taste of the beetroot gave the dumpling a complex and flavorful taste. The texture of the skin was not too starchy, and had good consistency. Dipped in dark soy sauce, these kuehs are simply impossible to resist. Kudos to the chefs!

2. InTheBrickYard

tea festival in the brick yard cakes

Soft and pillow-y cakes slathered with copious amount of icing, the cakes by InTheBrickYard are every cake-lovers’ dream. I felt like a child peering at the cakes from behind the glass display, and could almost hear the cakes calling out to me.

The last slice of ondeh ondeh pandan cake stared innocently at me, while the Thai milk tea slices beckoned me over to them. And over at the other corner, the Pandan Pulut Hitam slices sat in a towering decadence of saccharine temptation.

Alas, due to my indecision, and against my better judgement, I left the stall empty-handed.

3. Bird Bird

tea festival bird bird pastries

If you are a doughnut lover, you are sure to love the OGnuts that Bird Bird has to offer.

Featuring the limited edition Berry Pockie, a strawberry-filled doughnut glazed with raspberry and adorned with white chocolate pearls and crushed pistachios. Eaten alone or as an accompaniment to a mug of tea, this UGnut is an afternoon delight for all with a sweet tooth.

Tea Museum & Tea Room

tea festival tea museum and tea room

Aside from tea-related products on sale, the Tea Room at the festival included workshops for participants to out tea towel painting, tea brewing among others.

tea festival tea fun facts

As for the Tea Museum, visitors get to travel back in time and discover the journey of tea.

Overall, it was a fun way to celebrate all things tea with other tea lovers. Given the chance, I would definitely be there again next year!

5 Popular Teas You Should Know About

Pei Xia Ang


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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