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Infusing flavours and wellness

Audrey Simon
Audrey Simon • 4 min read
Infusing flavours and wellness
TWG offers Haute Couture Tea and Grand Mode Tea Collection — a selection of edible flowers and fresh greens that add a new dimension of hues and tastes
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TWG offers Haute Couture Tea and Grand Mode Tea Collection — a selection of edible flowers and fresh greens that add a new dimension of hues and tastes

Although Singapore may not experience the traditional four seasons, we can still embrace their symbolic meanings. For instance, spring symbolises renewal, growth, and rejuvenation — a period when nature awakens from the dormancy of winter, embodying hope, new beginnings, and fresh opportunities. To immerse ourselves in this spirit of renewal, TWG presents its latest tea collections, perfectly timed for the season’s essence of revitalisation.

Flowers play a central role in the making of TWG specialty teas. After all, flowers have been valued for their healing properties across various cultures and traditions for centuries. For instance,  chamomile is known for its calming effects and is often used to relieve stress and anxiety, as well as promote relaxation. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and can aid in digestion.

At TWG, a variety of edible blossoms has been gracing dining tables, along with vibrant greens offering a spectrum of flavours. Among these are hibiscus, rose, violet, sunflower petals, and marigold blooms with their golden hues, while the celestial blue cornflowers delight with both their aesthetics and medicinal attributes. The attraction of edible flowers goes beyond the boundaries of the garden terrace — flowering trees like elderberry and cherry are filled with scents and tastes. Paired with the right tea, they possess the ability to please the taste buds.

For years, followers of TWG Tea have savoured and relished the natural splendour of floral blooms. Take, for instance, the picturesque landscapes of Provence, France, where the renowned town of Grasse boasts TWG’s prized rose gardens. Here, roses inspire tea artisans to explore a vast array of over 250 edible flowers for crafting innovative blends. While flowers traditionally serve to enhance a blend’s aroma or infuse vibrant hues into an infusion, skilled tea crafters often use them to impart distinct flavours, curating a truly unique experience in every sip.

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Consider the humble rose. Its petal’s soft blush not only lends a vivid visual appeal but also infuses Haute Couture Tea with the delicate sweetness of its blossoms, creating an unparalleled sensory taste journey.

While the ethereal azure hue of the French blue cornflower captivates the eyes, its flavour is equally alluring. With a raw, spicy profile, its delicate petals burst forth with a taste akin to clove buds. The delightful French Earl Grey — a fusion of black tea, zesty citrus fruits, and fragrant French blue cornflowers — offers a refreshing twist on the beloved classic.

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Meanwhile, marigold offers another delightful revelation. Often termed the “poor man’s saffron”, these flowers are favoured in gardens and landscaping for their appealing aesthetic and natural pest-repelling properties. Moreover, various species of marigolds find application in traditional medicine and culinary endeavours. With flavours spanning from spicy to bitter, tangy to peppery, marigolds lend a diverse spectrum to culinary creations. Skilfully combined with TWG’s premium green tea and ripe southern fruits, they contribute to the creation of Geisha Blossom Tea — a fragrant cup that gracefully embodies the essence of the season.

Experience the essence of Spring with TWG Tea this season with its exclusive 2024 Sakura! Sakura! Tea from the esteemed Grand Mode Tea Collection. Inspired by Kyoto’s revered cherry blossom season, this exquisite blend delicately harmonises pink petals with green tea, crafting a fragrant and refined bouquet. Infused with hints of Rainier cherry, this mesmerising concoction leaves a lingering floral sweetness, truly captivating the senses.

Sakura! Sakura! Tea from the Grand Mode Tea Collection, $50 (100g). The limited-edition tea is available on TWGTea.com and at all TWG Tea Salons & Boutiques in Singapore. 

Haute Couture Tea, French Earl Grey and Geisha Blossom Tea from the Haute Couture tea Collection, $48 each (100g). Available at all TWG Tea Salons & Boutiques and on TWGTea.com.

 

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