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TOS rounds up the best tea drinks in the city

First published on 7 Sep 2012. Updated on 20 Dec 2012.

Above: Pudding milk tea from Artease

Earl Grey d’antoinette

Antoinette $9.50/pot
This special blend of loose-leaf Earl Grey tea – specifically created for, and available only at, the local Paris-themed pâtisserie chain – will make you think twice about using a regular tea bag. The experience begins with the ultra-fragrant bergamot aroma that wafts up as the tea brews, and continues with a mild, semi-sweet taste and clean finish. Four locations including #B1-08/09/10 Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Rd (6735 6392, www.antoinette.com.sg). Nearest MRT: Orchard. Daily 11am-10pm.

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Constellation Tea

Capella $14/pot
One of the newest – and most extravagant – offerings on Capella’s extensive tea menu is the Constellation blend, crafted exclusively for Capella by Gryphon founder Lim Tian Wee. Consisting of a Darjeeling white-tea blend with rose hips and grapes, it’s topped off with a sprinkle of gold dust, which shimmers in your cup as you drink. 1 The Knolls, Sentosa (6591 5046). Nearest MRT: Harbourfront, then Sentosa Express. Daily 6.30am-11.30pm.

Eight Treasures Tea

Tea Bone Zen Mind $38/three-tea set
Having recently moved to a new location near River Valley Road, this tea specialist now primarily sells teas in bulk, but still has a special three-tea tasting menu, generally featuring an iced tea, an oolong and an English tea. The specially mixed Eight Treasures Tea – which is based on the owner’s own recipe and made from wolfberries, red dates and longan – can be requested a day in advance or purchased in bulk. 20 Hoot Kiam Rd (6334 4212, teabonezenmind.blogspot.sg). Take a taxi. Mon-Sat 11am-7pm

Zhu Ye Qing green tea

Tian Fu Tea Room $5/person
The tea room at Si Chuan Dou Hua restaurant at the Park Royal Hotel offers a quiet, plush contemporary tea-house setting – a contrast to the restaurant itself, which offers gongfu tea service where acrobatic servers show off kung-fu moves while pouring tea from a long spout. The special Chinese green tea is served in a covered porcelain bowl, which reveals the tea leaves standing upright in the water. Three locations in town including Level 1, Park Royal Hotel, 7500 Beach Rd (6505 5722). Nearest MRT:  Bugis. Daily 11.30am-10.30pm.

Yuzu Green Tea

Artease $4
Decorated with local designer eeshaun’s whimsical, cartoony illustrations, Artease’s playful slogan reads ‘Life without tea is plain arse’. Their range of teas emphasise creative flavours and chewy ingredients. Yuzu green tea, a Korean-influenced concoction, is a thirst-quenching, citrusy drink made with concentrated yuzu syrup and rind. #01-03 Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, 8 Grange Rd (6235 6966). Nearest MRT: Somerset. Sun-Thu 11am-11pm; Fri & Sat 11am-2am.

Pudding Milk Tea

Eskimo $2.90
The silky milk tea here puts Eskimo head to head with the ubiquitous, queue-courting Koi, though Eskimo’s offering is a fraction of the price. The ultra-creamy caramel pudding, typically nestled at the bottom of its best-selling drink, is a smoother, slurpable departure from standard tapioca pearls. Various locations including #B2-37 Marina Bay Link Mall, 8A Marina Blvd (6634 2230). Nearest MRT: Marina Bay. Daily 11am-9pm.

EXPERT'S PICK: Melanie Lee, tea blogger: ‘I recommend the Silver Needle white tea at Yixing Xuan Teahouse (30 Tanjong Pagar Rd, 6224 6961). It’s high in antioxidants and has a sweet, steamed chestnut taste to it. Chinese tea-ceremony utensils are provided by the teahouse and the tea masters here are very informative and helpful about showing you how to brew it properly.’

By Time Out Singapore editors
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