The decadent opium dens lining Amoy street might be a faded memory of mid-19th century Singapore, but homegrown tea company Pin Tea is looking to revive those freewheelin' days of vim and vice with a smoky Fujian oolong tea dubbed 'Amoy Ahoy'. The tea is one of seven new tea blends — all inspired by iconic neighbourhoods in Singapore — they're boldy pushing out onto the artisanal tea market.
Newly founded by a group of young Singaporeans, Pin Tea prides itself on using premium full leaf teas (sourced with the help of a heritage tea merchant in Singapore) from a network of organic farmers across Asia. What this means is that the leaves remain pesticide-free — a notable fact considering that those leaves are the very same ones steeping in your mug. They've also roped in social enterprise Comcrop, the green thumbs behind the urban farm on the roof of *SCAPE building, to supply them with peppermint and lemongrass — herbs that go straight into 'Kampong Glam', a tea blend featuring oolong tea enlivened with notes of peppermint and aromatic lemongrass.
Curious to see if your neighbourhood made the cut? Here's a look at their debut range of teas: