The perfect accompaniments to your V-day plans. By Deborah Lin
Whatever you have planned, here are eight brews from local tea brands to top off your Valentine’s Day together.
1. Have breakfast in bed.
But skip the coffee and whisk up some Morning Matcha from Inner Matcha ($30 for 30g tin). This robust matcha (finely milled green tea powder) blend uses the finest leaves, or ceremonial grade quality, and has up to 10 times more nutritional benefits than regular green tea.
Morning Matcha (Photo: Inner Matcha)
2. Revisit the place of your first date together
…and sip the classic Timeless Earl Grey from 1872 Clipper Tea Co. (from $16 for 120g pouch). Updated with cream and cornflower, this bestseller recently received a star at the prestigious UK-based Great Taste Awards (also known as the Oscars of the food world).
Timeless Earl Grey (Photo: 1872 Clipper Tea Co.)
3. Take a drive to your favourite park
…and imbibe A Hint of Rose, a blend of Earl Grey tea and French rose petals, from Collaboration Tea ($14.50 for 12 sachets). Or get the Rosalia Gift Set (from $49 for 20 sachets). It comes with a one-of-a-kind trinket designed by local jewellery maker Erynk.
Rosalia Gift Set (Photo: Collaboration Tea)
4. Hubby forgot to get flowers again this year? Relax
…and soak up the floral blend of Amuse Projects’ The Bouquet ($18 for 30g tin) instead. This caffeine-free sweet tea has organic rooibos, vanilla and red and pink rose petals – the favourite flower of the Roman goddess of love, Venus.
The Bouquet (Photo: Amuse Projects)
5. Prepare a picnic basket with a fancy lunch
…and For Him & For Her Mon Cheri and Ma Cherie tea blends from Gryphon Tea Company ($30 per set for eight sachets in each flavour). The oolong tea with red fruits and pomegranate is for him, and white tea with rose, jasmine and spices for her. Best paired with sexy dark chocolate desserts.
For Him & For Her Mon Cheri and Ma Cherie (Photo: Gryphon Tea Company)
6. Give the cinema a miss and screen an old movie at home
…while having The Moon Represents My Heart from Ette Tea (from $18 for 50g pouch). Inspired by the classic Chinese love song, this blend includes milk oolong, coconut bits and forget-me-not blossoms.
The Moon Represents My Heart (Photo: Ette Tea)
7. Cook your partner his favourite dishes.
Then, end the romantic meal with Sweet Nothings from Allerines Premium Tea ($17 for 20 tea pyramids). This caffeine- and calorie-free rooibos and vanilla tea blend goes well with desserts.
Sweet Nothings (Photo: Allerines Premium Tea)
8. Spending time in different continents? Pen a letter
…and pack in this dreamy black tea, Valentina from Tealy ($15 for 50g pack), which comes sprinkled with dreamy red sugar hearts. Totally instaworthy by the way.
Valentina (Photo: Tealy)