After our trip to the Harry Potter Exhibition, we got hungry and decided to have – lunch? dinner? – at the Marina Bay Sands food court. After we had all polished off our meals, Gelle was still craving for something to cap it off, so we decided to take a look around the mall for a dessert or coffee place.
Our first choice, a lovely cupcake place, was full, so we kept looking till we found ourselves standing in front of the TWG tea salon and boutique.
“I’ve always wanted to try going there,” Gelle mused.
“Well, why not?” I said, leading the way into the shop. “Shall we have tea?” I asked in an awful British accent. “What a British afternoon!” Joey remarked with a laugh when we had found ourselves seated inside. Harry Potter, after all, is British.
After expressing our admiration of the place, we flipped through the menu and decided to share one order of the tea time set since we were not hungry.
That was easy enough a choice. The next part was the difficult part – choosing one flavour for our pot of tea, as there were literally hundreds of kinds of tea that we could choose from.
We got a bit dizzy from looking at the menu, so we decided to do ourselves a favour and call the waiter over so I could ask my famous question: “Which is your bestseller?”
He recommended the Grand Wedding or the Silver Moon. I preferred the latter, because the first one was supposed to be black tea and I don’t like those. Actually, I don’t like tea, usually.
After a while, the waiter came back with our order and placed a couple of scones, a chocolate macaron, small saucers filled with tea jelly and whipped cream, and a very pretty golden teapot.
He poured tea into each of our teacups and as he did so, a most delightful aroma of mixed berries and vanilla wafted to our nostrils, and we could not help but express our awe at the scent. It was love at first whiff, at first sip, for me, and I knew that from this moment on, I would be a tea-lover, if only for this tea.
I thought the macaron was nice, but a tad too sweet. I loved the scone and its fixings. One pot of tea wasn’t enough for three people, though, so we ordered a second pot, of the Geisha Blossom flavour. It wasn’t as good as Silver Moon, and it was bitter too.
As we sat there enjoying our high tea, I perused the menu and saw an interesting piece at the front. I decided to read it aloud to the two, doing so in my awful fake British accent. I enjoyed speaking in fake British, actually. I love their accent so much!
After finishing off our food, we walked outside to the tea shop where I proceeded to buy a tin of Silver Moon tea and a tea infuser. TWG’s tea come in loose leaf form so one needs a tea infuser to prepare it, or some other form of strainer, I suppose.
I’ve been drinking this tea everyday ever since. Sometimes I take it with a spot of milk, but never with sugar. Also sometimes when I’m too busy to prepare a cup, I just crack the lid open and take a deep breath of the potpourri-like tea leaves and that alone makes me feel better already. It’s definitely tea-rapeutic. 😀
I’ve realized though, that the tea itself doesn’t really taste all that different from your typical green tea, but its scent makes it seem more delicious. You know how in elementary, we were taught that our sense of taste actually depends on our sense of smell? Well if you needed proof for that, this tea is all you need.