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.”
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!
Learn how to make a Rose Moscato Tea Cheesecake with very simple equipment and ingredients. No baking is required! If you make it at home, snap a picture and tag it #BAKEbyamuseprojects - we want to see your creations.
- Mixing bowl
- 8-inch spring form pan
- Whisk or hand mixer
Ingredients for the cheesecake base:
- 200g Essential Waitrose Digestive Biscuits
- 1 tsp Rose Moscato Tea (Grinded to powder)
- 65g Unsalted butter, melted
Ingredients for the cheesecake filling:
- 400g Emborg Cream Cheese, room temperature
- 80g Granulated sugar
- 2 tsp Rose Moscato Tea (Grinded to powder-like)
- 400ml Emborg Whipping Cream
- Lemon juice from 1 lemon (approx. ¼ cup)
- ½ tsp Vanilla extract
- 2 tsp Powdered gelatin
- 2 ½ tbsp cold water
- Rose Moscato Tea (Grinded to powder-like), for dusting (optional)
Let's start with making the base of the cheesecake.
- Mix together the following
- melted butter;
- crumbled digestive biscuits; and
- rose moscato tea (Grinded to powder-like)
- After mixing the ingredients, press them into the bottom of an 8-inch spring form pan. Place the pan into the fridge while you make the filling next.
Next, let's prepare the filling.
- Place cream cheese in a bowl and beat until smooth.
- Add the rose moscato tea and sugar until well combined.
- Add whipping cream, lemon juice and vanilla extract and mix until smooth.
- Mix gelatin and water in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.
- Add gelatin to the filling, and mix together until fully combined.
Now that the base and the filling are ready, pour the cheesecake filling into cake pan and return to the fridge to chill until set (approx. 3-4 hours or overnight).
Once the filling is set, gently remove the cake from the spring form pan by running a flat utensil (or sharp knife) around the edges of the cake allowing seperation of the cake and sides of pan. Gently release the sides of the pan and carefully slide off the cake.
You can now finish off the cheesecake by dusting some rose moscato tea powder over the entire cake.
Buy Rose Moscato Tea here.
Have you ever gotten blank stares from friends when you gift them a tin of loose leave tea? Well, we have.
This is why we have decided to dedicate a post to guide your friends and you on how to make great loose leaf tea at home. It's simple, we promise. You won't need any fancy equipment.
Here's what you need to make a great cup of tea:
1. Loose leaf tea
3. A tea infuser and a cup or teapot with internal infuser or disposable tea bag
Step 1 - Boil water
Boil water in a kettle. We won't recommend heating water in the microwave as you have no control over the temperature
If you're a tea aficionado you would know that different types of teas will require different temperature and steeping time. Here's a guide to steeping temperature and brewing times.
White tea - 75° ~ 85°; 3 - 5mins
Green tea - 70° ~ 80°; 2 - 3mins
Oolong - 80° ~ 95°; 3 - 5mins
Black tea - 85° ~ 95°; 3 - 4mins
Pu'erh - 90° ~ 95° Herbal - 100°; 4mins
You might be wondering how would you bring water temperature down to exactly 80° for your green tea if your kettle only boils to 100°. Don't worry, here's what we always do - let water boil to 100° in our kettle, pour water into our cup or teapot and let it sit for about a minute or two to cool down before putting our tea in.
Step 2 - Put tea in the cup or teapot
The recommended quantity is 1g of tea to 100ml of water. Your mileage may vary, depending on the type of tea and how strong you like it.
As a guide, we'll recommend 1 teaspoon full per standard 8oz. cup (236.6ml). However, do note that teaspoons are not precise measurements since one teaspoon can fit 1g of white tea or 3g of oolong. Thankfully, tea is an art rather than a science so you can judge for yourself how much tea is enough for your favourite cup.
You can use a tea infuser similar to this one, disposable tea bag, teapot with internal infuser like this or our personal favorite: BREW Bottle. Whatever tool you decide to use, remember to allow space for the tea leaves to expand.
Step 3 - Pour the water and brew
Fill your cup or tea pot with hot water and put your tea leaves in. Brewing time goes from 2-5 minutes depending on the type of tea and your personal taste. You may refer to the guide above as reference.
You can usually find brewing temperature, steeping time and other instructions on tea tins / tea packagings.
Step 4 - Enjoy your tea
Once brewing time is up, remove the tea leaves and enjoy your tea. We like our tea with no lemon, milk (unless it's a breakfast tea), or sugar added!
We hope this brief guide puts an ease to mind and motivates your friends and you to try brewing loose leaf teas.
If you're still not convinced, we also package our tea in practical tea bags. Our teabags use the exact same loose leaf tea and we use the best materials to package it. Check them out here: https://amuseprojects.com/products/brew-teabag
If you have questions for us, simply click on the "Message Us" button on the bottom right of this page and we'll be happy to help you!
We've put together a list of our favourite teas in July: with so many teas to choose from, we know how hard it is to make a decision!
1. Silver Needle (Single Estate - White Tea)
This tea can only be gathered in a handful of days in early Spring as it is made with shoots that have not opened yet. July is the perfect month to enjoy it because of its mild sweetness and nutty flavor. If you like white tea but prefer blends, you can opt of our most loved Riesling tea from our Inspired collection or one of our newer blends, Asian Sunset.
Also called "Popcorn Tea" because of the toasted rice flavour, this tea is very commonly drank in Japan. It is made by blending unpolished brown rice with tea. It's perfect on its own, as a relaxing drink.
Also known as Iron Goddess of Mercy, a very special tea from the Miaoli County of Taiwan. It's a half-fermented tea, roasted on charcoals following the traditional method of processing tea. The fresh woody aroma is perfect to keep us going through grey afternoons at work.
This blend of Ceylon, Indian and Chinese tea is the perfect energy kick you need to start your day. It goes well with milk and sugar as well as on its own.
With notes of hibiscus, pineapple, apple and honeybush - our July favourite was definitely this Pina Colada blend. Inspired by Puerto Rico's official beverage, a rum based cocktail, it's a taste of beach holidays in a cup of tea. Did we also mention that it's caffeine-free?
What tea did YOU enjoy the most in July? Tell us on Instagram.