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Ultimate Guide To SG Tea Brands To #SupportLocal So You Can Keep Calm & Brew On

Last Updated: October 24, 2019

Written by Gillian Lim

Be it Chinese tea leaves, artisanal tea brands, or quirky tea flavours such as nasi lemak tea or pandan chiffon tea (yes, that’s a thing), I absolutely love brewing myself a cup of piping hot tea, settling down with a book, and kicking my feet up for the day.

In fact, as I was writing this article up, I had my trus-tea cup of oolong tea beside me to carry me through.

Here is our ultimate guide to Singaporean tea brands. To make scrolling a breeze, we’ve sorted everything alphabetically. Keep calm and brew on, fellow tea lovers!

1. Allerines Premium Tea

With a full range of Chinese and artisanal teas, Allerines Premium Tea was founded in 2011 and has expanded over the years. It sells the full range of teas on its website, and is now served at close to 30 restaurants and sold at two cafes, including One Man Coffee.

Its tea blends range from Toffee Apple (S$6.50) to Strawberry Shortcake (S$17), with the most expensive blend being Fruit Splash (S$22.50)— this is a rich blend of raisins, elderberries, papayas, apples, sunflowers, and much more.

More importantly, if you order via the website, delivery is free, as long as it’s within Singapore!

Allerines Premium Tea: Facebook | Website

2. A.muse Projects

A.muse Projects debuted in 2013 and was founded by Angela Phua, offering artisanal tea blends and herbal tisanes. It started out as a pop-up stall and has now grown to become a retail supplier to hotels, restaurants, cafes, and more.

Its debut collection, BREW, features a bunch of inspired tea flavours such as coffee-inspired, wine-inspired, and other alcohol-inspired tea flavours. Its Pina Colada Tea (from S$11) is great for making iced tea while its Dark Chocolate Mocha Tea (S$11) is perfect for incorporating into your favourite baking recipes.

Its new Nespresso tea pods are available in three flavours: Peach Green Tea (S$18), Earl Grey (S$18), and Chamomile Lavender (S$18).

A.muse Projects: Facebook | Website

3. Antea Social

Popular local tea brand Antea Social doesn’t just sell tea online, it also organises workshops, hosts private parties and pop-up stalls, and crafts bespoke blends as weddings favours or corporate gifts.

This contemporary tea house sells three types of tea: green, oolong, and black tea, with a variety of refreshing flavours such as Lychee Oolong (S$10).

All teas are sourced directly from tea makers and farmers, so you can be assured of its quality and authenticity. Not only that, if you have a preferred tea that’s not listed on its website, Antea Social can source it privately for you as well.

Antea Social: 9 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207528 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 9pm (Sun – Thu), 11.30am – 10pm (Fri & Sat) | Facebook | Website

4. Asmara

Asmara‘s teas are unlike any other—they’re concocted using exotic spices and herbs, Amazonian berries and flowers, and prebiotics like ginseng, turmeric, camu-camu, and more.

100% natural with no added preservatives or flavourings, Asmara is curated by local food scientists. Plus, for an added environmental-friendly touch, the bottles are made of recycled glass. How impressive!

The drinks, such as Asmara Ashta Berries 8 (S$6.50) are available on Lazada and range from S$6.50 to S$11.50 per bottle.

Asmara: Facebook | Website

5. Botana&Tea

Though Botana&Tea is a local tea brand, it specialises in only one type of tea: Greek red saffron tea.

It’s the main importer of Krokos Kozanis Greek Red Saffron and Krocus Kozanis Products, which are Greek brands, and sells both Greek red saffron powder and herbal tisane blends that incorporate this unique spice.

Saffron is a powerful antioxidant with over 14 vitamins and minerals, so you’ll definitely need to try its products, which include tea blends such as Rosemary Thyme Saffron Tea (S$19.90).

Botana&Tea: Facebook | Website

6. Camellia茗岩 Tea Bar

Camellia茗岩 Tea Bar specialises in Wuyi rock oolong, a type of oolong tea that’s grown in the rocky Wuyi mountains of northern Fujian, China. It used to be served as a tribute to imperial or royal families!

You can visit its tea house at Katong to try the teas for yourself, or visit its website to check out the collection. It offers six classic Wuyi rock oolong teas, such as Premium Cassia (S$88 – S$128), a bold and aromatic black tea, and Daphne Odora (S$88 – S$128), an elegant and sophisticated black tea.

Camellia茗岩 Tea Bar: 88 East Coast Road, #01-08 Katong Square, Singapore 428788 | Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm (Mon), 11am – 7pm (Tue – Sun) | Facebook | Website

7. Collaboration Tea

You’ll recognise Collaboration Tea‘s tea sachets instantly because it comes with a meaningful quote, such as “Don’t live like there’s a tomorrow nor live like there’s no tomorrow. Treasure the present.”

It’s great as a gift or wedding favour, and Collaboration Tea can even do customisable labels upon request.

It has a wide range of tea blends, such as genmaicha, earl grey, jasmine, ceylon, pu erh, and oolong blossoms. A packet of three sachets cost S$4.80.

Collaboration Tea: Facebook | Website

8. Craft Tea Fox

If you love matcha lattes, Craft Tea Fox is something you definitely have to check out.

It ships high quality matcha and hojicha directly from Uji, Kyoto, prepares and bottles it, and sells it online on its website for S$7 per bottle. The lattes are all cafe-grade and maintain freshness for two to six weeks, so you can even stockpile it in your fridge if you want to.

For those who love to whisk up your own cup of Japanese tea, Craft Tea Fox also sells matcha and hojicha tea tins and bamboo whisks.

Craft Tea Fox: Facebook | Website

9. ETTE TEA

I remember stepping into ETTE TEA‘s retail store at Kreta Ayer Road and being wow-ed by its locally-inspired tea flavours, such as Orh NeeNasi Lemak, Bak KwaChicken Rice, and so many more.

It has around 17 locally-inspired tea flavours in its Singapore Flavours range, which is constantly expanding. The unique teas from this collection go for S$9 or S$28, depending on its size.

ETTE TEA always has something up its sleeve—recently, it launched a new Movies and Songs collection, which includes teas inspired by all-time favourites, such as 月亮代表我的心 (The Moon Represents My Heart) (S$9/S$18/S$28).

ETTE TEA: 333 Kreta Ayer Road #03-25, Singapore 080333 | Opening Hours: 10.30am – 6pm (Mon – Fri), 10.30am – 4pm (Sat), Closed on Sun | Facebook | Website

10. Gryphon Tea Company

Gryphon Tea Company is arguably the most well-known Singaporean tea brand. In fact, its roots go back all the way to 1918, when Lim Lam Thye Pte Ltd was opened by Lim Kheng Thiam to import quality Chinese tea into Singapore.

In 2006, a fourth-generation family member, Lim Tian Wee, decided to venture into high quality blended teas and started Gryphon Tea Company on his own, with just S$2,500 in his pocket. He named the company after the griffin, a mythical creature with the body of a lion and head and wings of an eagle.

13 years later, Gryphon Tea Company has grown immensely. Its tea blends have won numerous industry awards and is now being sold beyond Singapore—it’s available in six other Asian countries: Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, Brunei, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

Gryphon Tea Company: 251 Pandan Loop, Singapore 128431 | Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm (Mon -Fri), Closed on Sat & Sun | Facebook | Website

11. Hush TeaBar

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Hush TeaBar is Singapore’s first roving silent teabar.

It offers more than just tea—it’s a social movement that aims to educate the public on social inclusion, mental wellness, and more importantly, the deaf community.

Led by the deaf and persons with mental illnesses, Hush TeaBar conducts events and workshops at workplaces and schools, and invites people to appreciate a cup of tea in silence, and practice some self-care, awareness, and reflection in a silent space.

Hush TeaBar: Facebook | Website

12. Infusion-de-vie

Infusion-de-vie, which translates to “tea of life”, sells premium organic Chinese teas with a contemporary touch.

All the teas are sourced from Taiwanese mountains and blended with traditional Chinese herbs, so you can expect exquisite blends like Replenish: Honeysuckle, Red-Dates & Snow Fungus Tea (S$24) and Rejoice: High-Mountain Green Tea and Chrysanthemum Bud (S$24).

Its latest addition is kombucha, which has been infused with traditional Chinese herbs such as honeysuckle silver fungus and golden osmanthus.

Infusion-de-vie: Facebook | Website

13. Juan Tea

Juan Tea was started by Juan in 2016, a mother of three and full-time homemaker, who wanted to make healthy and 100% natural teas for her family and kids.

Her tea collections include traditional herbal teas, such as Finest Pu-Erh (S$8) and modern blends, like Wholesome Violent Tea Bags (S$12). All her teas are completely natural and have no preservatives.

Juan Tea: Facebook | Website

14. Kindred Teas

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Kindred Teas is well known for its pastel tube-shaped tea containers, as well as its unique blooming tea, where hand-threaded blooms will unfurl into a gorgeous bouquet when you put it into hot water.

The Singaporean company was started by Madelene Poon, who is an avid traveller and wanted to a way to capture the different friendships—thus the word “kindred”—and experiences she had gathered over the years while travelling.

She decided to explore travel-inspired tea flavours and came up with unique blends such as Elder & Cream Black Tea (S$18), which was inspired by her time in Austria.

Kindred Teas: Facebook | Website

15. Kittea

Kittea‘s name says it all—this Singaporean tea brand is inspired by furry kitties. Founded in 2016, Kittea creates gourmet tea blends with flavours based on each cat breed’s personality and heritage.

For example, The British Shorthair (S$8) is an Earl Grey tea because both the cat and tea are British and both were originated from a long line of aristo-cats. The Siamese (S$8) pays homage to Thailand and the flavours associated with it: ginger, lemongrass, liquorice root, and more.

Whether you’re a fan of cats or not, Kittea’s wide range of gourmet teas will definitely leave you feline purr-fectly fur-bulous.

Kittea: Facebook | Website

16. Matchaya

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Located at The Cathay, Matchaya is famous for its premium matcha drinks and desserts. What you might not know is that it first started out in 2015 as a series of pop-up stalls, and it finally settled down and opened its first stall at Icon Village, which is near Tanjong Pagar.

All of its ingredients are carefully sourced from Japan, so it’s super authentic. Be sure to get the Matcha Milk (S$5.50/hot, S$6/cold), which is handcrafted and made with 100% fresh milk. Pair your drink with a dish from its brunch, dessert, or sandwich menu for an utterly satisfying dining experience.

Matchaya: 2 Handy Road, #01-08/09, The Cathay, Singapore 229233 | Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Sun – Thu), 11am – 10.30pm (Fri & Sat) | Facebook | Website

17. Old Village Pu Er Tea (OVP Tea)

Founded in 2013, Old Village Pu Er Tea, also known as OVP Tea, aims to sell the finest brands of pu er and other Chinese teas in Singapore.

Its pu er tea leaves are all handpicked from century-old wild arbor trees in Yunnan and transported to Singapore, where they are professionally stored, made, and sold.

It sells two types of pu er tea: raw and fermented. Raw pu er tea leaves are green with a floral and fresh flavour, while fermented pu er tea leaves are black, and when made into tea, the flavour is bolder, thick, and earthy.

Old Village Pu Er Tea (OVP Tea): 39 Genting Lane, #08-01, Singapore 349554 | Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm (Mon – Fri), Closed on Sat & Sun | Facebook | Website

18. Parchmen & Co

While Parchmen & Co is primarily a coffeehouse that sells its own roasted coffee beans, it also sources quality tea leaves from all over the world and sells it exclusively in Singapore.

Its tea range is limited but incredibly rare: the Crescent Moon White Tea (S$22) is handpicked from the high mountains in Ha Giang, Vietnam, which can go as high as 1,800m or 2,200m. Its Honey Orchid Dancong (S$16) comes from a special tea master in Phoenix Mountain, China, who inherited the ancient art of making Dancong oolong tea from his forefathers.

Parchmen & Co: 79 Brighton Crescent, Singapore 559218 | Opening Hours: 9.30am – 9.30pm (Tue – Sun), Closed on Mon | Facebook | Website

19. Pek Sin Choon

Pek Sin Choon is one of the oldest tea merchants in Singapore, having been around since 1925.

You’ll recognise it from its iconic stamp logo, which resembles a young shepherd boy sitting on a buffalo. It’s one of the few traditional Chinese tea merchants in Singapore that still blends and roasts its own tea leaves, making it truly one-of-a-kind.

It has seven different brands of tea leaves. More unique brands such as Charm of Buddha Palm (安溪佛手神) and Royal Daffodil (武夷水仙王) were officially recognised by the National Tourism Board in the 1990s, and had the Merlion logo printed on the tea tins as a sign that they were national symbols and representative of our nation’s culture and heritage.

Pek Sin Choo: 36 Mosque Street, Singapore 059514 | Opening Hours: 8.30am – 6.30pm (Mon to Thu & Sat), 9am – 5pm (Fri), Closed on Sun | Facebook | Website

20. Pekoe & Imp

Pekoe & Imp was started in 2013 because it wanted to provide pure and authentic single-origin teas to the public.

Other than selling tea on its online store, Pekoe & Imp also hosts tea workshops, where it shares its love for tea with members of the public, and educates them about the different types of tea and its origins.

Its collection of tea leaves span across oolong, white, green, Western black teas, and dark teas, such as fermented teas and black teas.

Pekoe & Imp: Facebook | Website

21. Pétale Tea

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Pétale Tea is one of the newer additions to the local tea scene, having just opened in 2018, and it specialises in blooming teas.

All its blooming teas feature hand-sewn tea balls made of organic mao feng green tea and dried flowers, such as osmanthus, jasmine, rose, lavender, marigold, and lily, which unfurl to become beautiful bouquets when immersed in hot water.

In line with its French-inspired name, all its teas are inspired by classic plays and stories, locations (fictional and non-fictional) or experiences, such as Romeo Loves Juliet (S$28/S$48) and Antoinette’s Affair (S$28/S$48).

Pétale Tea: Facebook | Website

22. ROJI

ROJI is a new Japanese tea brand founded in 2017 by Lim Tian Wee, founder of Gryphon Tea Company, with the hopes of bringing a fun and playful twist to Japanese tea.

The teas, all packaged in minimalistic pastel boxes, are sourced from Japan—specifically the Shizuoka Prefecture, Asahina in Shizuoka Prefecture, and Kagoshima Prefecture.

It currently has eight different teas, including Kyō Breakfast (S$16.80) and Milky Popcorn (S$16.80).

ROJI: Facebook | Website

23. Tea Chapter 茶渊

Tea Chapter 茶渊 was started in 1989 out of pure accident—a group of tea enthusiasts attended a proper Chinese tea ceremony and fell in love with it, and wanted to share that experience with everybody else.

Not only does it sell a large variety of teas—and in different forms too, such as large biscuits, loose leaves, and in tea bags—Tea Chapter has also hosted many important and famous figures along the years. These include Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minster Lee Hsien Loong, President Tony Tan, and many others.

Whether you’re buying Chinese tea, learning the art of brewing Chinese tea, or looking for a quiet place to appreciate a cup of piping hot Chinese tea, Tea Chapter has got you to-tea-ly covered.

Tea Chapter 茶渊: 9 Neil Road, Singapore 088808 | Opening Hours: Tea House: 11am – 9pm (Sun – Thu), 11am – 10.30pm (Fri & Sat), Retail Shop: 10.30am – 9pm (Sun – Thu), 10.30am – 10.30pm (Fri & Sat) | Facebook | Website

24. The 1872 Clipper Tea Co.

I personally love The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. and I’ve been to its outlet at ION Orchard many times for a cup of refreshing iced Earl Grey tea, but it wasn’t until today that I found out that this is actually Singapore’s oldest tea producer.

It was founded in 1872—thus its name, if you haven’t figured it out—by a young Ceylonese man, Balage Porolis De Silva, who brought tea from Ceylon (modern-day Sri Lanka). He started selling it at a jewellery boutique store along High Street.

The 1872 Clipper Tea Co.’s teas span across tropical, herbal & floral, luxurious, and essential tea blends. It also recently launched its cold brew tea range, where the tea sachet is steeped in a large jug of cold water for six to eight hours, just like how you’d do for cold brew coffee.

The 1872 Clipper Tea Co.: 2 Orchard Turn, #B4-07, ION Orchard, Singapore 238801 | Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Daily) | Facebook | Website

25. The Tea Story

Known for its organic loose leaf teas, The Tea Story sells eight different types of tea blends, such as Chai Blends, Dessert Blends, and Cocktail Blends.

The reason why The Tea Story picked organic loose leaf teas over finely grounded teas is because less tannin is released during the brewing process. Plus, loose leaf teas are richer and smoother, and can be enjoyed over a long period of time without any change in its flavour or aroma.

Be sure to try the Rose Blanc (S$5/S$16), which is one of its signature teas. It’s a rich and floral tea that has been blended with rose and chamomile flowers for a smooth finish.

The Tea Story: 60 Paya Lebar Road, Paya Lebar Square, Singapore 409051 | Facebook | Website

26. TILY TEA

TILY TEA sells tonic teas that incorporate traditional Chinese herbs with floral elements. As a result, each cup of tea not only boosts your physical health, but helps inject a little wellness into your everyday life.

It was started by two friends—Michelle and Geraldine—who searched for natural ways to boost the body’s immune system. They came across traditional Chinese medicine and used it in their personal lives. Over time, they started weaving in modern elements, like flowers, herbs, and fruits, to sweeten the blend naturally.

It currently only has five teas, some of which include Deep Cleanse (S$16.90), a gentle tea with burdock root, red dates, rose, peach flower, and apple flower to detoxify and purify the body inside out, and Evening Calm (S$16.90), a calming blend of lavender, longan, goji berries, chamomile, and red dates.

TILY TEA: Facebook | Website

27. TWG Tea

TWG Tea makes me proud to be Singaporean. It’s the finest luxury tea brand in the world, has the largest collection of tea, with over 1,000 (and growing) single-estate, fine harvest teas, and exclusive tea blends, and can be found all over the world.

TWG stands for “The Wellbeing Group” and was founded in 2008, and you can recognise any TWG store by its gleaming golden canisters of tea, which often line entire walls and shelves. It’s literally impossible to not notice it.

TWG Tea: 2 Orchard Turn, #02-21, ION Orchard, Singapore 238801 | Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Daily) | Outlets | Facebook  | Website

28. Yixing Xuan Teahouse

Yixing Xuan Teahouse was founded in 1989 by Vincent Low, a former banker who discovered the joys of Chinese tea. He went on to study Chinese tea in China and Taiwan.

He even passed on the love for Chinese tea to his daughter, Charlene, who also quit the banking industry to follow her father’s footsteps. Currently, Charlene and Vincent take turns to host tea appreciation workshops.

It sorts the teas into two main categories: premium and affordable teas, so no matter your price range, you’d be able to find a tea that suits your palate, be it black, white, green, flower, oolong, or pu er tea.

Yixing Xuan Teahouse: 78 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088499 | Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon – Sat), 10am – 7pm (Sun) | Facebook | Website


Though tea is simply just the act of steeping leaves, flowers, and herbs in hot water, it’s gained such a large following all over the world that it has now become the world’s second most favourite drink, the first being water.

I don’t know about you, but all this talk about tea is making me crave it. Let me pour myself another cup of oolong tea.

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