My first TWG tea experience
I was expecting a box of Japanese green teas, but I was pleasantly surprised that my good friend Kim brought me a box of TWG Tea instead. She said that she was pressed for time this week that’s why she just grabbed this from the airport. I honestly thought that this was the same brand of tea that we ‘hoarded’ during the various trainings that we attended back in Cebu. But after a quick google search, I found that TWG Tea was miles apart from all of them.
The TWG (which stands for the Wellness Group) Tea website states that ‘it was established in Singapore in celebration of the island’s great history as a trading post for teas, spices and fine epicurean products.’ It traces its history to as far as 1837, when the Chamber of Commerce of Singapore was established.
I quickly tore open a pack and noticed that the teabag was made of cotton and was hand sewn too. This I gather, would allow the teas to develop their full and unique aroma and would give them ample room to expand during infusion. I regretted a bit in opening this small piece of luxury but I consoled myself with that the thought that the TWG bags would not produce any tea if I just kept on staring at its fancy packaging.
What I had by the way, was an English Breakfast Tea, which is characterized by its strong and full-bodied flavor. It had welcome light floral undertones that complemented its rich blend. The packaging states that this broken-leaf tea is ‘perfect for morning toast and marmalade.’ I had none of those this afternoon unfortunately, so I paired my tea with some leftover pastel(buns with filling from Camiguin in Southern Philippines) that my dad brought a few days earlier.
The pastel is not a chi-chi choice I should say, as most would have gone with their macarons and other exquisite pastries to go with their tea. But I enjoyed the pairing nonetheless, and was also about to enjoy it too much by taking in one more bun, if not for the image of my trainer that briefly flashed before my eyes. I thought that she’ll probably punish me with an additional set of mind-numbing crunches if I’ll pack more calories than I could burn. I then reluctantly returned the poor fellow back to its box.
But next time though, I’ll find myself a teapot and observe as well the proper tea preparation. I’ll probably have my next tea experience in the morning or right after a hearty breakfast. At any rate, I’m glad to have been introduced to TWG Tea, so thank you indeed Kim for this wonderful pasalubong.