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Friday, July 27, 2012

a week of tea :: allerines

i was extremely pleased when wyna contacted me and introduced her online tea store - allerines
knowing that i was an avid fan of teas, she generously sent me a sample of her selection of loose-leaf teas in gorgeous sounding blends and flavors.

prettily packaged & she even threw in a cute tea bag holder too!
their signature style pyramid tea sachets & loose tea leaves...
they smelt amazing even when i was snapping this picture.
but tea sampling is no fun alone.. 
so i recruited the ladies over at ohmyomiyage to join in the fun...
thing is... they really step things up to yet another level. 
so we're not affected by the name and description on the label, 
we decided to do an anonymous taste test!
how pretty are the colors!! 
we also chose a bunch of them to make batches of iced tea, which was most appropriate in the crazy muggy tokyo weather. here are some tips from their website on how to make a perfect jug of iced tea.
naturally, we had to have a palate cleanser.
some home-made japanese plum gelato!!
and here are our top favorites!!
"enchanting green" :: the initial whiff was fruity with a little bit of tart but it tasted floral and aromatic. not in a overwhelming way but more of a summer afternoon sip punctuated by a generous fruityness. perfect for a slow chat on the patio, an evening warm drink with a touch of dessert. or as jen says, something you'd like to sip before bedtime so your breath smells good in the middle of the night.
"strawberry shortcake" :: this one was a no-brainer for me. even when i read the label, i KNEW i'd be utterly in love with it. it smelt light and vanilla-y like a fresh dessert. i love the delicate after taste like a strawberry shortcake, light and (somewhat) guilt-free. perfect for a quiet breakfast or post-brunch treat with your girlfriends over some peonies & good conversation.
special mention to bohemian raspberry cos i loved the name!
hop on over to allerines (or their facebook page)if you're keen to give their teas a try! if you reside in singapore (lucky u!), they provide free shipping. and otherwise, they ship internationally too.  drop them an email at for shipping details.
we had enough tea to keep going for the whole afternoon while watching "under the tuscan sun", snacking on cherries and gelatos! thanks for the delightful treats, wyna! 
Credits to Zhing - Little Projects in Style