Ever since its opening in April 2013, I have heard so much about this Market. I heart this Farmers’ Market because it’s some good features packed into one. Stepping into Pasarbella, one would experience the (a) traditional marketplace ambience of rusticity. Even though it’s a marketplace, it’s built to suit the today’s needs – (b) air-condition. Opened from 9.30am – 7pm on a daily basis, it’s basically and needless to say, a superlative spot for (c) groceries-shopping with the freshest of fruits, meats, seafood and vegetables, coffee and tea-sipping with your fellow tai-tai, and people-watching.
I have to thank The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. for the kind invitation, as that forced me to finally drop by the much-raved about Marketplace. I had thought that it was the most inaccessible place to be, what with it tucking itself at the heart of Bukit Timah. Little did I know (also due to my lack of research done) that shuttle services are provided, and free-of-charge.
Why is it called Clipper (pronounced as the normal Clipper and not the US Basketball Team L.A. Clipper way) Tea you ask. Heard of B.P. de Silva jewellery? Yes, it’s that same young chap who brought in the Clipper Tea, to enhance his customers’ appreciation of jewellery with tea, elevating tea from a simple beverage in Singapore to what is today, a ritual of relaxation and pamper. The teas were shipped to Singapore in the historic Clipper Ships (the one on the logo) – the then fastest ship, which also meant freshest tea on board. That also explains the nautical concept the brand adopts. Yeah, no, if you were relating the Clipper Tea to the nail-clipper kind of clipper, you know now, at least.
(Hot) Healing Garden ($4) :: One of my favorites, the Healing Garden is a herbal infusion of ginger and lemongrass, complemented with flavors of the citrusy orange peel. The first few sips of this tea were forgettable. However, after a while, the pleasant flavors of the ingredients stayed. I got addicted to it. Well, with healing motives, it is aptly caffeine-free.
(Hot) Milky Wave ($5) :: If you’re not as much a risk-taker, they have it covered with their own brew of Teh Tarik. When I drink Bubble Tea, Milk Tea is almost always my safe and only option. But when I’m tea-indulging, my temperament changes and become more adventurous. Milky Wave also comes Iced.
(Iced) Blissful Berries ($5) :: Another caffeine-free concoction. This time a bery berries one, including raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. Slightly different from the rest, this iced beverage is skewed toward the refreshingly sour kind.
(Iced) Summer Passion Fruit ($5) :: My favorite Iced version of Clipper Tea. Passionfruit always gives this rejuvenating and sweet flavor that not many can resist. I can safely say that this tea here smells just as strong as it tastes, a double-treat. It’s brewed with a Black Tea base.
The establishment only recently unveiled a new extension into tea snacks, desserts and confectionery they call ‘Tea Escapade‘.
Earl Grey Tea Cookies (5 pieces) ($5) :: It was unanimous, the entire table loved the Earl Grey Tea-infused Cookies. They were soft, smooth, buttery and heavenly Earl Grey-infused. Plus, cookies are a common tea companion. Get this to go with your tea.
Alcohol Fruit Cake ($3.50) :: I thought it was brilliant to pair it with the recommended 1872 Tropics Black Tea range, as the strong oxidized flavors of black tea counterpoise the otherwise rather sweet alcoholic taste of fruit cake.
Mini Choco Cup ($4 for 1 / $10 for 3) :: Love this. The crunchy chocolate-coated almond flakes adds much bite to the snack. You’ve the liberty to pick your favorite between white, milk and dark chocolate coatings.
Tea Snack + Hot Tea Set ($12 for 1 set / $18 for 2 sets) :: Absolutely worthy especially when 2 sets are ordered. C’mon, it’s no challenge dragging a friend along for this indulgence. Additional $1 to switch up for an Iced Drink, and $2 for a scoop of Ice Cream on your drink.
The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. only recently ventured out to having their own retail store + tea bar. Save for Pasarbella, you can also enjoy Clipper Tea at restaurants like Spizza @ Bukit Timah and La Nonna @ Holland Village. Merchandise comes in loose leaves and in sachets. There are also specially decorated ones, for gifts. Some goes as affordable as $12.
Tea Indulgence Corner :: This hands-on section of the Retail Store cum Tea Bar is adorable. If no one is actually watching, I can spend half the day plucking out the porthole cap (and enjoying the air suction sensation), scooping up the loose tea leaves and smelling them like a trained dog. It’s such a treat to the senses. But really, it aids in your purchase decision.
From 2 – 25 August 2013, The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. has concocted a limited edition of their interpretation of Chendol Tea. It consists 1872 Clipper Black Tea, Coconut Milk, Gula Melaka and Chendol Jelly. I had a sneak preview of it and I thought it was familiar yet inspiring. Give it a shot, be patriotic in celebration of Singapore 48th Birthday.
DO YOU KNOW?
Be it Green Tea, Oolong Tea, Black Tea or White Tea, they all come from the same plant, a shrub. Green Tea is the least oxidized, while Black Tea is the most. White Tea, on the other hand, comes from the bud of the plant instead of the leaves.
I love talking to people who actually know tea – because I love tea, but I’m almost clueless of their origins and stories. Tea appreciation sessions are thus (Y).
In the mean time, participate in this contest. You gotta love the Vintage Tea Chest. They take much pride in packaging their tea sets. Remember to tag #clipperteasg. I’ll be sure to drop by myself and give you a like!
Special gratitude to Jacintha, Elaine, Jessica, Victor and The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. team for the hospitality and hosting the invited tasting event.
Address (In Context): 200 Turf Club Road, #02-06, PasarBella – A Farmers’ Market @ The Grandstand (click here for the shuttle service schedule)
Opening Hours: 9.30am – 7pm (Daily)