#TopDrawerTuesday: Teas for summer

The perfect cuppa

#TopDrawerTuesday: Teas for summer
The perfect hot beverage is not always a kopi-O or latte. A freshly brewed cup of tea is as beguiling as it is calming. Sip on these five for summer.

1. Mariage Frères' Earl Grey French Blue

What it is: Founded in 1854, the grand dame of Parisian teahouses boasts over 500 blends of tea. Their reinvention of the classic Earl Grey turns the bergamot scented tea into an elegant brew laced with a sweet hint of cornflower.  

Pair it with: Scones and clotted cream

Available at Robinsons


2. Kusmi Tea's Anastasia  

What it is: Born in 1867 in St. Petersburg, this Paris-based teahouse continues to charm tea lovers with its brightly coloured tins and storied tea blends. In tandem with the Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition held at the Grand Palais in Paris, the famed designer took to the drawing board to reskin the iconic tea tin for Anastasia, one of Kusmi Tea's oldest creations. Featuring a blend of black tea peppered with bergamot, lemon, and orange blossoms, this uplifting brew is no doubt a collector's item for fans of Jean Paul Gaultier.  

Pair it with:Lemon cupcakes

Available at Kusmi Tea


3. Gryphon Tea's Singapura Spice

What it is: The homegrown tea brand recently brought us a lovely oolong tea accented with floral notes and eucalyptus, but it is their latest creation that made us sit up. The fruity brew of green tea sings with sweet mango and pineapple, before surprising with a hit of mint, sweet basil, and curry leaves. Ideal for those who like their tea with a side of spice. 

Pair it with: Lamb or tuna samosas

Available at Gryphon Tea


4. Betjeman & Barton's C'est un Jour de Fête

What it is: It seems like Paris is in no way short of teahouses and this next brew on our top shelf comes from a brand that dates back to 1919. This summer-worthy cuppa sees a base of China and Ceylon teas amped up with orange, currant, smooth vanilla and a touch of cinnamon. Red roses, reminiscent of an English garden, perfume the tea.

Pair it with: Madeleines

Available at the Betjeman & Barton store at Raffles City Shopping Centre


5. TWG Tea's Tea Party

What it is: This homegrown brand might be a young player in the world of historic tea houses, but it hasn't stopped it from building an arsenal of teas ranging from some of the rarest Yin Zhen white tea leaves to whimisical blends the like of this Tea Party brew. Make a trip down the rabbit hole with this fresh brew inflected with notes of sweet violet and candy.

Pair it with: Tea cakes

Available at TWG Tea


For last week's #TopDrawerTuesday, click here

Text: Denise Kok

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