FOR THE LOVE OF TEA

ITO EN, The 1872 Clip­per Tea Co. and their lus­cious tea lat­tes

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When you marry a lo­cal her­itage tea brand with a Ja­panese tea prod­ucts go­liath, what you get is a meet­ing of the minds. ITO EN and The 1872 Clip­per Tea Co. first worked to­gether when 1872 Clip­per Tea launched their milk teas on tap at their ION flag­ship out­let tea bar two years ago.

1872 Clip­per Tea liked how ITO EN’s matcha pow­der pro­vided a rich, herba­ceous flavour, and achieves a smooth, creamy tex­ture for their matcha latte ($5.80). This Septem­ber, they will col­lab­o­rate again—this time on a new ho­jicha latte ($5.80), us­ing ITO EN’s ho­jicha or roasted green tea leaves.

A spokesman for 1872 Clip­per Tea says, “We loved the earthy and toasty flavour of ITO EN’s ho­jicha tea leaves, and de­cided to use the same method we use to pre­pare our royal tea latte

($5.80), which is to cook the tea leaves in the milk. The flavours come out dis­tinc­tively, and we like how roasty and fra­grant the tea latte is.” The ho­jicha latte will be launched to­gether with other new tea lat­tes, in­clud­ing the Time­less Earl Grey latte and oo­long latte.

The two brands’ trusted qual­ity is a cul­mi­na­tion of their long his­to­ries.

The year 1872 marks the be­gin­ning of Clip­per Tea’s jour­ney, when their founder, Sri Lankan Balage Poro­lis De Silva set­tled in Sin­ga­pore. Keen to share his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Cey­lon’s finest teas, he opened for busi­ness at a jew­ellery shop along High Street. Since then, the brand has lasted five gen­er­a­tions and counts as Sin­ga­pore’s old­est tea pro­ducer, blender and re­tailer. To­day, apart from the flag­ship store at ION Or­chard, 1872 Clip­per Tea is also avail­able at key tourist cen­tric places such as Changi Air­port Dis­cover Sin­ga­pore Shops and Gar­dens by the Bay, used by renowned es­tab­lish­ments such as Lo & Be­hold Group and the Un­listed Collection Group, and avail­able in over­seas mar­kets such as Malaysia, Thai­land and the Mal­dives. Some of their most well-loved blends in­clude Clas­sic English Break­fast, made from pure Cey­lon black tea from Dim­bula re­gion, and their award-win­ning Re­fresh­ing Tea Break, a blend of black tea, green tea, pep­per­mint, lemon­grass, lemon peel and mint.

ITO EN on the other hand, es­tab­lished in Shizuoka in 1966, spe­cialised in green tea from the start, and un­til to­day calls this prod­uct its niche, de­spite branch­ing into other bev­er­ages such as cof­fee and veg­etable/fruit drinks. It pro­cures and pro­cesses its own tea leaves, cre­at­ing well-loved tea prod­ucts with­out any ar­ti­fi­cial colour­ing or flavour­ing. Their premium-grade matcha for in­stance, is made from shade grown tea leaves. Af­ter new shoots are har­vested and steamed, the leaves are dried and stone­ground into a pre­cious green dust that yields rich, umami flavours. Their ho­jicha, roasted at ap­prox­i­mately 200˚C and then im­me­di­ately cooled, yields grassy, toasty notes.

With their ex­per­tise com­bined, ITO EN and 1872 Clip­per Tea prom­ise lus­cious tea lat­tes to savour.

The 1872 Clip­per Tea Co. #B4-07, 2 Or­chard Turn. Tel: 6509 8745; clip­pertea.com.sg For in­quiries on matcha pow­der, visit itoen-global.com

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