Tea has evolved to become an everyday indulgence in people’s lives. From mass market options to high-quality tea bags, loose tea and tea leaves sourced from single estates, the appreciation of fine tea has increased over the years. The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. launches its flagship standalone retail store at ION to cater to this rising demand, and to make tea readily available for tea drinkers.
With a space of 743 square feet, the new ION store not only includes a retail space, but also boosts a first-of-its-kind in-store tea bar. Besides serving a variety of hot teas from the Essentials, Herbal & Blossoms, Tropics and Luxuries range (tea bags and loose teas available for retail), this takeaway retail concept would also include a range of speciality teas and tea-infused pastries and desserts.
Serving Ceylon’s finest black tea since the founder’s early days in 1872, the experienced tea tasters at 1872 Clipper Tea’s factory in Sri Lanka taste more than 2000 cups a week to ensure the quality and consistency of its tea leaves. A novelty in itself, the single-origin cold brew pure Ceylon black tea used in the speciality teas is stepped for more than 24 hours and served straight off the tap. This creates a sharper mouthfeel, delivering a cleaner taste profile. Combined with different home-made syrups with natural ingredients, a variety of iced tea mocktails and iced milk teas are created.
Quench your thirst with hot favourites; Apple Pie which combines cold brew tea with fresh apple slices, cloudy apple juice, cinnamon syrup, and the Lemongrass-ginger which pairs cold brew tea with candied ginger and lemongrass syrup. For something milky, opt for the Gula Melaka Tea Latte which uses fragrant gula melaka and crème. All specialty teas are priced at $6.50.
Pick from a myriad of tea blends available, and be impressed by the Alpha Dominche Steampunk machine as it prepares the perfect cup of hot brew. This innovative machine blends artful craftsmanship with state-of-the-art engineering to produce a quality and consistent brew from cup to cup. From classic flavours to fruit-flavoured tea and caffeine free herbs and blossoms, the 1872 Clipper tea has all kinds of tea blends that is suitable for all types of tea drinkers. Don’t forget to try the signature blends, Timeless Earl Grey and Cranberry Sunrise, winners of the Great Taste Awards.
If you’re feeling peckish, pair the tea with a variety of pastries, including the zesty Lemon Yuzu Eclair ($7.50), Matcha’misu and indulgent Earl Grey Truffle (5 pieces) priced at $8.50 each. Customers can also revel in a high tea set, which included a choice of pastry and a Hot or Cold tea drink, priced at $12 and $14 respectively.
On the retail end, the 1872 Clipper Tea launches its Singapore Destinations range, which features the most luxurious teas that are hand selected across 10 key destinations around the world. All selection are single-origin tea leaves that are indigenous to each of their beautiful gardens. The teas are weighed and dosed in store, allowing customers the flexibility to select the quantity they require. Some notable flavours include Yunan Silver Tips, Milk Oolong, Gyokuro, Finest Darjeeling, Nuwara Eliya. Information on the region and estate where the tea leaves are sourced from can be found on each individual packaging.
Besides this luxurious collections, 1872 Clipper Tea continues to provide a myriad of teas from its different ranges: Essentials, Herbals and Blossoms, Tropics, Travel and Heritage. A selection of tea ware and accessories are also available for purchase.