Quite recently, we had that tea-beverage-franchise-owner-vs-francisee-falling-out saga, then the Mouse Hunt thingy with a certain local re-branded-tea-beverage-chain giving out hint cards. These couple of events made me drink a lot more of such drinks than I would’ve like to. But as you people would’ve known, these tea or fruity beverages has add a lot of sugar and other additives to make it taste so nice.
Being a slightly health conscious person, especially with age being one that always moves forward, I would ask for less sweet like 25%? But anything below 50% sweetness taste bland, and that won’t make me happy spending money on a drink that makes me sad. Its counter-intuitive.
Health and sweet beverages just don’t match that well don’t they?
Well, we might have stumbled onto an answer to this question. Allow me to present: PARTEA, a spanking new shop offering high grade chinese tea beverages at an affordable price. Isn’t that a good enough reason for us to PARTEA? *cough* pun intended.
Well jokes aside, I’m serious when I say high grade chinese tea. Very often, we get tea ‘chips’ in cheap teabags that pass off as ‘tea’ in other places, or you pay big bucks to make your own chinese tea in a tea house. But hey, PARTEA is serious with their tea you know, they use whole tea leaves to brew their tea beverages. And freshness is high up in their priority, because stale tea leaves brew lousy tea, obviously. There are many tea choices to choose from, all whole tea leaves sourced from Taiwan. They are serious about their tea, I will shed more light on the tea choices below.
And fruit juices people, these fruit juice stalls are popping up in malls and people pay $4 and up for a tiny 300ml max cup of juice, which is usually 75% ice cubes and 25% juice. Sounds like a rather high profit margin to me. And they throw in sugar syrup to the mix, like as if the fruits aren’t laden full of carbohydrates already, they sweeten it further. Oh right, its mostly ice cubes yah? So the sugar were for sweetening the ice cubes right?
Goodness, whatever happen to health right? Check out PARTEA‘s offering though.
See that first cup? That’s a huge cup full of freshly cup fruits and tea. That’s good health in a ‘Big Gulp’ cup my friend. 1 litre worth of vitamins to fend off any flu bug, the best part is that it taste awesome!
Claire’s wide smile says it all, she loved it! Let’s start introducing them shall we?
Rainbow Tea 七彩茶
Can you see the amount of fruits in this cup? Its aptly named Rainbow Tea because rainbows generally have 7 colours, and there are 7 ingredients in this cup for you to chug to good health. It might not be as obvious as I would want it to be, but lemme just tell you. Its got big chunks of freshly cut fruits such as: watermelon, mango, strawberries, bits of passion fruit at the bottom, green lemon and lime. All of which infused its essence into the tea making it a deeply refreshing drink for the ‘perma-summer’ weather of Singapore!
And you get to choose from Green Tea, Black Tea, Sijichun (4 seasons) Tea and Gaoshan Oolong Tea. Need I say more about all the anti-oxidants and other good stuff that tea provides us with?
This cup you see here is brewed with the premium Gaoshan Oolong Tea (S$6.90). I have to mention that Claire and I, we were not really into tea. As a matter of fact, I’ve always been a coffee addict, but this tea is easy to enjoy, if you get what I mean. Even with all these fruits that also helps sweeten the tea naturally, I still can taste and smell the aroma of the Oolong tea. Its very robust and yet tasted smooth with none of the gritty acidity you get from leaving your teabag/tea leaves in your tea-tea-teapot for too long. The fruits helps of course, and one can see why its an immediate hit at the shop. I’m sure it draws a lot of attention with its huge volume and ‘insta-worthy’ look, plus the awesome taste, sweetened using natural source and/or diabetic-friendly artificial sweetener, if you need it sweeter than it already is, you naughty kid with a sweet tooth.
We were even provided with a fork so we can poke them fruits after we finish the fruity tea. We were having a little trouble finishing it in one go, for obvious reasons. So we started eating the fruits and were really surprised by the taste of tea-infused fruits. I mean, when you see this is a drink, you would think the fruits are just supporting characters. But the supporting characters are worthy of an Oscar in its own category too! Overall, this cup to us is like an adventure-in-a-cup that took our taste buds on a ride. This is a must-have drink in all Par-TEAS! *pun intended*
Sunrise Tea 霞彩茶
Sunrise Tea is actually a single fruit, ice blended beverage with a choice of adding awesome cheese on top. It uses Sijichun Tea with a top choice of blending with fresh mango, strawberries or Kumquat + Lemon.
Why use Sijichun Tea? Because its got that subtle bitter-sweetness of oolong tea and a vibrant aroma that matches well with ice blended fruits! Green tea goes well with fruits too due to its ‘under-whelmingly’ mild taste.
We had 2 cups, Mango (S$6.90 add cheese) and Strawberry (S$5.30 no cheese). And cheese was later added to the mango tea drink.
Why is the mango + cheese so awesome? It became one of my favourite drinks of all time, damned. The rainbow is close behind too, but this one beats it with the stirring nostalgia the mango gave me. That’s because of the saltiness of the cheese coupled with the sweetness of the mango that reminded me of how my mom used to prepare sliced mangoes by adding salt to it. I love it! Now living in my own apartment with Claire, we seldom buy fresh mangoes, so I can only eat them when I went to my mom’s place during mango season. Hence the nostalgia..
Here’s the strawberry version fruit + tea ice blended. Something I need to try at home soon, never thought of blending fruits with tea you know.
Fluffy Cloud Tea 云彩茶
The Fluffy Cloud Tea is basically Chinese Tea with Cheese. Sounded like an unlikely combination right? Well, be surprised. It offers 4 choices: Jade Green Tea (S$2,90), Jinfeng Tea (S$4.90), Ruby Black Tea (S$4.90) and Sijichun Tea (S$4.90). All with cheese on top.
We were recommended to try Jinfeng tea because its a well balanced oolong tea that was dubbed the ‘King of Tea’ in Taiwan.
We were told that the right way to drink cheese tea is to tilt it up to 45 degrees and gulp the cheese and tea down together, this is when you will taste the combined power of the creamy, savoury cheese topping and the bitter-sweetness of high grade tea. Best of both worlds IMO.
This is Claire’s favourite by the way, do note that this girl likes sweet stuff like a kid.
See how she gulp the tea like a kid. Sorry, I just can’t help calling her a kid.
There are also a Milky Mist Tea that are served with pearls, I’m sure its better known as bubble tea; And 3 types of cold brewed Chill Tea 手工冷萃茶. Both of which we didn’t get to try, because… 4 cups of tea is really too much for Claire and I to handle.. So we’ll probably have to try it next time we’re here. And trust me on coming back for PARTEA again.
It almost always have a long queue in front of the shop. But like the old saying goes: Good things are worth waiting for.
Whats better is that, compared to other tea beverage or bubble tea stalls, PARTEA uses all natural high grade ingredients at a reasonable price. HPB should slap a ‘Healthier Choice’ logo on PARTEA!
At the time of writing this, PARTEA offers delivery service with the office towers and tenants of Suntec City. Good for them, for they can have PARTEA in their pantry breaks. But I heard from them that they might wanna expand this delivery service or maybe become available on one of those third party food delivery platforms available locally! As the namesake implies, a party will be even more awesome if you add PARTEA into your party! What’s a party without PARTEA?
Ok its getting a little too lame here. Anyways, until they open an outlet near where I stay, I’m going to visit Suntec City more from now on. Do go check them out people, don’t say I bojio.
You can now redeem a voucher from PARTEA by
- Ordering the Rainbow Tea, follow PARTEA on their facebook https://www.facebook.com/parteasg/ OR Instagram https://www.instagram.com/parteasg/
- Share a photo with a short review
This is while stock lasts!
Suntec City Mall, North Wing, #02-470, S(038983)
Drink up, people.