The Beau-tea in the Vernacular for Singaplural 2017 is our newest creation - No. 835, Seri Kaya. Crafted out of Victor's insatiable thirst for the aromatic Pandan, Seri Kaya is a blend of Japanese sencha, black tea, pandan leaves and coconut pieces.
The packaging label is designed by MessyMsxi. She went islandwide picking twigs and weathered leaves that we frequently overlook in our daily lives to give them a new beauty and purpose.
Seri Kaya (its namesake) is originally a coconut jam concocted by combining coconut, eggs, sugar and pandan leaves. Literally, Kaya means rich in Bahasa Melayu referring to the custard-like texture of the spread. Kaya is typically enjoyed with toast and a Teh Tarik or Kopi.
Pandan leaves has been one of Victor’s favourite ingredients in tea blending with Seri Kaya being ETTE TEA’s 6th Pandan edition.
La Mer Lion
The Merlion is a mythical creature with the head of a lion on the body of a fish. The icon was born to symbolise the origin of Singapore as a fishing village, when it was known as Temasek or "sea town" in Javanese. "Singapura" is the portmanteau of "Lion" and "City" in Malay, with roots in Sanskrit.
We have created 2 tea blends that represent this symbolism, with "Mer" that means the sea in French, and "Lion", the King of the Jungle.
La Mer is a mélange of Japanese sencha, bluepea flower, lemon verbena and natural flavouring. The freshness and natural turquoise will remind you of a beautiful day by the tranquil sea.
Lion - A potpourri that consists of dandelion leaves, rooibos, blackberry leaves, lemon verbena, liquorice root, lemongrass, sunﬂower petals, blue cornﬂower and safflower. This spiced and bold herbal tisane represents the spirit of the majestic lion.
The two blends are made to be combinable into one, which we call La Mer Lion. It embodies the crossroad nature of Singapore, a melting pot nestled between the East and West, multiple thrive harmoniously. This is a blend that merge both fresh and bold flavours into something that is unique and satisfying.
The pineapple tart is a bite-sized flat pastry that is topped by a sweet pineapple confiture, which also comes in rounded forms with the same filling. It is a favourite snack in parts of Southeast Asia, and is a must-have in all homes during the Lunar New Year.
The significance of pineapple is because the Chinese words for pineapple has a similar sound of "good luck coming", hence it is much welcomed during this festival that is full of tradition and symbolism. For the same reason, the pineapple is also a popular traditional feng shui symbol of wealth, fortune, and prosperity.
We present to you our pineapple tart in a cup, a festive blend for the season consisting of black tea, caramel, dried pineapple and marigold flowers. A sip of the pineapple tea will bring you all the flavours, but without the calories!
Welcoming this Lunar New Year is our imagination of Singapore's traditional favourite for the season; our latest blend No. 888, Bak Kwa.
Bak Kwa or Rougan (肉干) is a salty-sweet barbequed dried meat that is remarkably popular in Singapore & Malaysia, which is a key snack served during the Chinese festive season for family and guests. Usually goes well with tea, we now bring you Bak Kwa in a cup, minus the calories.
100% vegan, our Bak Kwa is a smoky blend of black tea, lapsangsouchong, fennel, cinnamon, black peppercorn, orange peel & safflower to render the flavour of freshly grilled sweet and succulent BBQ meat!
Gong Xi Fa [ Marsala ] Chai !