Last Updated: January 23, 2018
Move over bubble tea! Hi Tea, situated outside Far East Plaza, is riding the new wave of fruit tea hype. The homegrown brand is bringing its own special twist by using cold brew tea in the drinks.
While we aren’t strangers to cold brew coffee, cold brew tea is something that not many stores in Singapore carry. Similar to cold brew coffee, cold brew tea uses time rather than temperature to release the flavours in the tea leaves.
Hi Tea uses a variety of different cold brew teas, such as Jasmine, Oolong, and Pu‘Er. Some of the best sellers include Watermelon Snow ($4.80), Rockmelon Ice ($5.20), Lime Ice ($4.80), as well as Mix Fruit King ($5.80).
The brand’s focus is on quality tea that’s healthy, so real fruits are used to flavour the teas with no artificial syrups added.
We decided to try the Rockmelon Ice ($5.20) and the Kiwi Ice ($5.20), which feature slightly more uncommon fruits to have in drinks. The Rockmelon Ice was subtly sweet, and pleasantly fragrant. The beverage itself was very thick and smooth.
The Kiwi Ice was just right in terms of the tartness of the beverage. The taste of the Oolong tea was very prominent, but it did not overpower the taste of the kiwi. However, the Kiwi Ice was more watery and had a coarser texture than the Rockmelon Ice. It also had a tendency to melt faster than the Rockmelon Ice.
Overall, the cup sizes were really large, perfect for sharing with a friend. Considering the price point, I would say that sharing one cup of tea between two people makes it a very affordable option as compared to other fruit tea joints.
Icy fruit tea that’s healthy and helps us beat the Singapore heat at the same time? We’re sold. We’ll definitely be back to try the Mix Fruit King which features a medley of cut fruits!
Expected Damage: Starts from $3.20 per cup