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Why drink pure tea?

Pure teas refer to any tea that comes from only one tea estate or garden. Also known as single-estate teas.

In the words of Mary Lou & Robert J. Heiss, “Single-estate teas are the “single-malt Scotches” of the tea world – unblended.”

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For those of us who have been around in the world of tea recently, we have taken note that the pure tea (a.k.a single-estate tea) movement is spreading fast in Singapore

How Is Pure Tea Different?

Pure tea (a.k.a single-estate tea) is different from blended tea (e.g. Earl Grey / Breakfast Tea) because pure tea leaves come from only one tea estate or garden while blended teas is a combination of various teas, flowers, herbs and spices. For pure teas, there is nothing added to the leaves and you get to enjoy everything that it has to offer, without the flavours of other “mix-ins” interfering, like as in a blended tea.

Now, if you’re wondering which is better: pure tea or blended tea, the answer comes down to preference. Think of it this way: blended tea is like a good mixed drink or for some, a good cocktail. You get to enjoy the flavours of various teas, flowers, herbs and spices in one, and they combine to create flavour notes that you might not be able to enjoy when drinking a beverage created with just one ingredient.

On the other hand, pure tea (a.k.a single-estate tea) is a pure experience (hence the name), experience the most natural and unique flavours created by each tea estate. Pure teas are also sometimes marked with the name of the teas estate on which they were grown (e.g. Assam Dejoo), allowing you to dig a little deeper to understand and learn about the history of the tea and its growing region.

The Benefits of Pure Tea

Pure tea has many benefits, so there’s no excuse to not add in a cup of tea to your daily regime. To name just a few:

  • Exercise: When consuming tea, studies have found that participants have increased endurance during exercise and have an improved ability to burn fat!
  • Heart: It's been shown in studies that drinking tea regularly can reduce the risk of heart attacks.
  • Antioxidants: Studies and research have shown that antioxidants in tea could help prevent many different kinds of cancers and other body issues.
  • Free Radicals: According to studies, tea helps fight free radicals, which lead to quicker ageing and damage to your DNA.
  • Hydration: Obviously, tea is a great way to get hydrated any time of day and take in a little more water.
  • Parkinson’s: Studies have shown that regular tea drinkers are thought to have a reduced risk of Parkinson’s Disease.
  • UV Protection: Studies have shown that it could be possible for certain things in tea to help protect your skin from UV rays.
  • Diabetes: According to research, tea is possible beneficial to those with Type 2 Diabetes, suggesting that compounds in tea can help them process sugars better.
  • Bones: Tea has been found in studies that drinking tea does improve bone strength and mineral density, leading to better bone health!

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Looksee Looksee - September Menu

Tea & Iced Gem Biscuits Pairing

Tea and biscuits is the most classic combination. This month, we've chosen to serve up our teas with Iced Gem Biscuit - simple, light, airy, crunchy and a little sweet to sweeten your tea time time! Iced Gem Biscuit is truly a classic Singaporean treat especially if you grew up in the 80s. But did you know that they did not originate from Singapore? 

They were in fact first made by Huntley and Palmer of Reading, Britain in the 1850s. According to NiceCupOfTeaAndSitDown.com the biscuits were an experiment at the time with the new biscuit technology - the icing was added in 1910. 

They're now common in many countries: Malaysia, Australia, Britain and Ireland. Interestingly, the colours of the topping vary by country. 

We hope you'll enjoy your tea-time with the selected teas along with one of our favourite childhood snack!

1. Earl Grey | Blended Black Tea
2. Peppermint | Herbal / Tisane
3. Chardonnay Tea | Wine Inspired Tea
4. Dark Chocolate Mocha Tea | Coffee Inspired tea
Teas are available hot or cold, depending on your preference.
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Iced Gem Biscuits
Ingredients: Wheat, Flour, Egg, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Milk Powder, Leavening, Egg Whites, Salt, Food Coloring

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At Looksee Looksee you'll find titles curated by the top thought leaders across Singapore's creative industries such as F&B, art and design as well as a selection teas and tea accessories for sale! 
Tea service at Looksee Looksee operates on a gratuity basis only. We depend on your generosity to keep the tea salon going! 
We hope to see you #looksee2 soon!
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Read our post on how to make great loose leaf tea at home here
Learn more about A.Muse Projects here
Check out our range of Alcohol, Wine, Coffee Inspired Teas here
Read more →

Looksee Looksee - August Menu

Tea & Biscotti Pairing

A classic pairing that never goes out of style: tea and biscotti. 

Biscotti is an Italian word that literally means twice-cooked. The original recipe of biscotti (also known as cantucci or cantuccini) calls for the dough to be baked once as a whole and then sliced and baked again.

These unique Biscotti are offered by local artisan Chef Anson Goh, the Founder of bake&bake. With his 11 years of experience in hand-slicing techniques and meticulously creating the recipe these Biscotti are sure to be crunchy! We chose it because they elevate your tea experience to the next level.

1. Silver Tip | White Tea from Sri Lanka
2. Bancha | Green Tea from Shizuoka, Japan
3. Formosa Oriental Beauty | Oolong from Taiwan | Buy here
4. Classic Chamomile | Caffeine-Free Tisane from Egypt
Teas are available hot or cold, depending on your preference.
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The Biscotti are made with no butter/oil and less sugar.
Ingredients: Flour, Egg, Sugar, Almond.

Available in tubs @ Looksee Looksee S$20.00 (250g/est. 50pcs) or bake&bake (8 Telok Blangah Crescent, #01-159, S090008)

FB: Bake & Bake     
IG: bakeandbake_singapore

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At Looksee Looksee you'll find titles curated by the top thought leaders across Singapore's creative industries such as F&B, art and design as well as a selection teas and tea accessories for sale! 
Tea service at Looksee Looksee operates on a gratuity basis only. We depend on your generosity to keep the tea salon going! 
We hope to see you #looksee2 soon!
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Read our post on how to make great loose leaf tea at home here
Learn more about A.Muse Projects here
Check out our range of Alcohol, Wine, Coffee Inspired Teas here
Read more →

Looksee Looksee - July Menu

Tea & Pumpkin Crisps Pairing

This month we've paired four teas with the very creative Crisps.Pepita by Teadora.

"Everybody has an addiction, mine just happened to be crisps! - Teadora
Ingredients: sugar, glucose syrup, vegetable oil, skimmed milk powder, emulsifier soy, lecithin, cream (33% fat), sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds and lots of love.
1. Tie Guan Yin
2. FBOPF Extra Special
3. Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong
4. Auld Lang Syne (caffeine-free)
Teas are available hot or cold, depending on your preference.
Crisps.Pepita is available in 145g bottle at S$14 at Looksee Looksee or on www.teadora.co. Questions? E-mail: hello@teadora.co
Instagram: @_teadora

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At Looksee Looksee you'll find titles curated by the top thought leaders across Singapore's creative industries such as F&B, art and design as well as a selection teas and tea accessories for sale! 
Tea service at Looksee Looksee operates on a gratuity basis only. We depend on your generosity to keep the tea salon going! 
We hope to see you #looksee2 soon!
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Read our post on how to make great loose leaf tea at home here
Learn more about A.Muse Projects here
Check out our range of Alcohol, Wine, Coffee Inspired Teas here
Read more →

Looksee Looksee - June Menu

Tea & Ginger Cookies Pairing

This month we've paired four new teas with delicious Ginger Cookies by Amiral Atelier

Adding a touch of classical refinement to Japanese pastries, the oering at Amiral Atelier melds classic French pastry techniques with Japanese flavors, embodying Chef Takagi's own journey into the realm of French patisserie.
The ginger orange cookies have a delightful crunch accompanied by chewy bits of orange and crystallized ginger with caramelised honey notes and a harmonious blend of spices. Sure to awaken your palate!
1. Darjeeling Goomtee
2. Ripe Pu'erh
3. Cascara
4. Ginger Hibiscus (caffeine-free)
Teas are available hot or cold, depending on your preference.
If you are interested to purchase some these teas, be sure to head on to Looksee Looksee to check with our tea ladies.

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At Looksee Looksee you'll find titles curated by the top thought leaders across Singapore's creative industries such as F&B, art and design as well as a selection teas and tea accessories for sale! 
Tea service at Looksee Looksee operates on a gratuity basis only. We depend on your generosity to keep the tea salon going! 
We hope to see you #looksee2 soon!
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Read our post on how to make great loose leaf tea at home here
Learn more about A.Muse Projects here
Check out our range of Alcohol, Wine, Coffee Inspired Teas here
Read more →