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A Tea-rapeutic Afternoon with TWG Tea

Aug 27 2021 - Blog

When it comes to pampering yourself after a hectic week or for a mid-day respite, an indulgent afternoon tea with elegant teapots and savoury treats served in a gilded tiered stand is one way to refresh your soul.

Ask any seasoned tea lover for an afternoon tea spot recommendation and you’re likely to find yourself in the refuge of TWG Tea. So, we made a visit to TWG Tea Salon & Boutique at Swissotel The Stamford and boy, did we fall in love!


TWG (The Wellbeing Group) Tea was founded in 2008 as a luxury concept that incorporates unique and original retail outlets, exquisite tea rooms and an international distribution network.

Hailed as the finest luxury tea brand in the world, TWG Tea owns the world’s largest collection of exclusively handcrafted tea blends and fine harvests from 45 tea-producing regions. These include even the rarest and most precious collections from far-flung locations such as Hawaii, New Zealand and Malawi, Tanzania and Papua New Guinea.

With the creation of new tea varieties every season in collaboration with the world’s most renowned estates, TWG Tea is internationally recognised as a true innovator. The brand thoughtfully caters to the tastes of modern tea lovers by blending essences, fruits, flowers, spices and even chocolate and caramel with different tea varieties. With them, you’ll also find exquisite teaware and delicate tea-infused sweets and savouries.


An oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, it’s hard not to get swept off your feet inside the TWG Tea Salon & Boutique. Its exquisitely appointed concept embodies the history and warmth of the tea tradition while keeping in sync with modern-day lifestyle.

The boutique’s interior is decked out with old-world opulent nostalgia – crisp linens, fine bone China, brass weighing scales, Russian samovars, Italian marble floors and hard wood tea counters. The exotic Southeast Asian touches, such as the brightly hued exotic blooms and vibrant packaging, remind customers of TWG Tea’s Singaporean roots.


The extensive menu includes breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner specialties, as well as trendsetting tea beverages and cocktails. Tea is woven into every aspect of the meal – an unmistakable nuance that deliciously enhances each dish. With over 800 varieties of tea to choose from, it’s natural to get dizzy from looking at the menu. So we got TWG to show us a few signatures – because who doesn’t like to order the bestsellers, right?

Tried, tested and tasted, here’s what we recommend you cosy up with… starting with a personal favourite of ours.


1837 Black Tea

A timeless classic tea blend created by the founder, with graceful notes of fruits and flowers from the Bermuda Triangle. Fit to please the finest palate, it leaves a lingering sweet aftertaste of ripe berries, anise and caramel. Its refreshing and palate-cleansing quality makes it an excellent pairing choice for a heavier meal.


Singapore Breakfast Tea

This noble blend is evocative of Singapore’s sophisticated harmony. Boasting a natural blend of green tea, black tea, rich vanilla and rare spices, the tea yields a complex flavour with a sweet and lingering aftertaste.


Silver Moon Tea

For a sophisticated afternoon pick-me-up, this is your best bet! As one of TWG Tea’s bestsellers worldwide, this exclusive tea blend is created by TWG Tea’s President, CEO & Co-Founder of TWG Tea, Taha Bouqdib, when he first arrived in Singapore to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival in 2008.

The delicate blend of green teas is accented with a grand berry and vanilla bouquet. Suave with just a hint of spice, it carries a lighter scent compared to the 1837 Black Tea and Singapore Breakfast Tea.


Afternoon Tea Time Set Menus

Complete your high tea with their delectable Tea Time Set Menus. The splendid 1837 Tea Set includes:

  • A standard choice of hot or iced tea; and
  • A choice of two freshly baked muffins or scones served with TWG Tea Jelly and whipped cream, or a patisserie from their trolley.

The underrated TWG tea-infused jellies are hands down one of the best pleasures to eat with scones and muffins!

In the mood for more sweet treats? Jazz up your spread with a choice of three TWG Tea Macarons and a choice of sandwich from the Fortune Tea Set (like we did)! Or, go for an assortment of tea-infused finger sandwiches from the Chic Tea Set, featuring:

  • Crab meat tart infused with Black Nectar Tea
  • Brioche with Thai basil chicken infused with Savannah Dawn Tea
  • Warm toasted sandwich with roasted portobello mushroom and white truffle béchamel sauce infused with Emperor Pu-Erh

While savoury treats are the highlights of any high tea session, leave some space for the innovative tea-infused mains at TWG Tea because they will just surprise you with just how delicious they are. 


Lobster Avocado Timbale

For starters, unless you’re allergic to lobsters, ordering this dish is a must. The ingredients are what bring out its distinctively refreshing taste. With chilled Maine lobster served on a bed of avocado seasoned with spicy citrus and honey dressing, the dish is accompanied by artisanal pickles and baby spinach drizzled with 1837 Green Tea-infused vinaigrette.


Weekly Set Menu

Popping by on a weekday? Opt for their super-worth-it Weekly Set Menu which includes a choice of main course and tea at only S$32. We went for their pan-roasted Canadian scallops served with green curry emulsion. Fresh, soft, sweet and lovely, complemented with crunchy seasonal vegetables infused with White Passion Tea. Just look at that appetising golden-brown sear!

Note: The set menu changes every two weeks, so don’t be disappointed if you don’t see this on your next visit!


The crea-tea-vity continues with their desserts. You’ll be happy to find a good variety of sweet treats meticulously handcrafted daily for any craving – think rum-soaked cake, chocolate profiterole with ice cream, mousse, crepes, pancakes, tea-infused macarons and more. Yum!

P.S. Crepes and pancakes are only available at TWG Tea at Swissotel The Stamford.

Singapore Surprise

Try TWG Tea’s signature dessert – a much beloved crème brûlée on a Vanilla Bourbon Tea-infused crust dotted with firm fresh raspberry, a theine-free South African red tea blend, topped with a thin caramelised sugar crust.  

This is a timeless favourite you’d absolutely fall in love with; from the caramelised crust, soft tart and sweet layers of raspberries to the crunchy base. If you can’t get enough, there’s also a tea version of this!


Darjeeling First Flush Harvest

Regulars of TWG Tea should know of the brand’s highly anticipated yearly Darjeeling First Flush Harvest Collection… and 2021 is no exception.

Hailed as the Champagne of Teas, the tea leaves are carefully handpicked, processed and handcrafted in the most natural and artisanal fashion to produce an exceptional cup of Darjeeling First Flush tea. With outstanding notes of ripe fruits and nuts, its rich floral aroma and unique peachy muscatel flavour takes you on a magical journey to Darjeeling.

Now available for a limited period on TWG Tea’s website and mobile app, and at TWG Tea Salons and Boutiques in Singapore.


At TWG Tea, they believe there is a tea for everyone and every occasion. Tea has a unique grounding effect; having a cup of tea is synonymous with becoming present.

“Tea is as universal in its appeal as it is a private expression of individualism. It is like perfume, very personal, and everybody can find what suits their tastes.”

TWG Tea reminds us that tea is an art de vivre – THE GOOD LIFE – not just destined for a specific clientele, but to be enjoyed by the young and the old, the fashionistas, the connoisseurs, the foodies, and anyone in search of a bit of magic in their teacup...


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TWG Tea at Swissotel The Stamford is located at 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882. For more information, please visit TWGTea.com


Opening Hours

Swissotel The Stamford: Daily 10am – 10pm


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