Betjeman & Barton – French Luxury Tea Brand Arrives In Singapore

   

After taking a whiff at the tea leaves within the grey caddie, I sensed a light floral scent, along with a more distinct fruity aroma. The container is labeled ‘Thé Blue Mountain’. True enough, I felt like I was transported back to Sydney’s Blue Mountains with the fresh air of spring.

It was my first experience of such deeply scented Perfume Tea. The tea is from Betjeman & Barton, a boutique tea shop at Raffles City that originated from Paris. In fact, it was the first English tea house of its kind over at France which was established way back in 1919, when tea was mainly sold at groceries shops.

Betjeman & Barton is now leading brand in Europe, best known for its exquisite high-quality teas with over 200 varieties. The Singapore branch carries about 100 types, and brings in new flavours regularly.

I know ladies would walk into Betjeman & Barton, with the same feeling you may get as you open up a walk-in wardrobe. The tea shop may be small, but there are so many caddies containing tea, each containing an elegant themed design from colours of the rainbow, a British flag, checked designs to tiger prints.

The star of the shop, is of course tea. And you must request to smell some of the perfumed tea, which you would be so tempted to make your purchase after. There are many types of perfumed teas unique to this brand, enhanced by natural products such as flowers, fruits and essential oils.

My favourite as mentioned is Thé Blue Mountain ($13.00 for 50 grams), essentially China tea leaves scattered with cornflower petals, wild strawberries and rhubarb flavourings. You can choose green or black tea leaves, though the green will be most suitable to go with cakes and biscuits.

Betjeman & Barton’s signature tea is Thé Pouchkine ($13.00 for 50 grams), a green citrusy tea which is contained in a cute Russian doll canister.

According to the service staff, Thé Vert Lundi Light ($13.50 for 50 grams) is one of the popular perfumed tea in Singapore. This tea combines green tea and lemongrass from Mexico, which will be specially full-bodied and delightful when drunk with ice.

One of the co-owners of Betjeman & Barton, Ms Agnès Defontaine was in town to share how tea-drinking can be such a comfortable and exceptional experience, especially when you find that tea which suits the mood.

Here are also 10 tips from Betjeman & Barton on how you can better appreciate your tea.
1. For teapot, one that is made of terra cotta, cast iron or porcelain will be ideal.
2. Have one tea pot for classic teas, smoked teas and scented teas each to prevent conflict between flavours.
3. It may not be necessary to wash your teapot: rinsing it in clean water and drying after can be sufficient.
4. Use a strainer instead of tea balls and to give the tea leaves more room to swell.
5. It is okay to use tap water unless it is highly chlorinated.
6. If you have to, spring water is better than mineral water for teas.
7. Try not to use water filters as they tend to “flatten” the flavour of the tea.
8. The teapot should be warmed with boiling water before hand so that the tea will release its scent more freely.
9. The time to brew depends on the type of tea: 7 minutes for semi-fermented teas, 4 minutes for whole leaf teas, 3 minutes for chopped leaf tea, and 2 minutes for green tea.
10. Remove the tea and stir before serving.

Betjeman & Barton carries more than a hundred green, black, white, oolong, puerh and rooibos teas, sourced from China, Japan, India and Ceylon, including the superior quality Japon Gyokyro.

They make great gifts for the festive season, with tea that represents originality, elegance and history.

Betjeman & Barton Christmas Giveaway
Betjeman & Barton will be giving away 2 Gold Christmas caddies (each retailing at $45) to 2 blessed Daniel’s Food Diary readers.

All you need to do is to
Step 1: LIKES the FaceBook pages of Daniel’s Food Diary
Step 2: Share this post on Facebook
Step 3: Leave a comment below to name any one type of tea Betjeman & Barton is carrying
(Ends 17th Dec 2013)

Betjeman & Barton
#B1-33 Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Rd. Singapore, 179103 (City Hall MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am-10pm Daily
www.betjemanandbarton.com.sg

*This post is brought by to you by Betjeman & Barton. Get a 10% off for products online at www.betjemanandbarton.com.sg when you enter DanielFoodDiary as a coupon code. Valid till 28th Feb 2014.

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123 Responses to “Betjeman & Barton – French Luxury Tea Brand Arrives In Singapore”

  1. Phua Yue Jun
    December 12, 2013 at 2:28 am #

    Thé Earl Grey Detheine! <3 btw the link "Daniel’s Food Diary" in Step 1 is broken! :p

  2. December 12, 2013 at 2:28 am #

    Thé Earl Grey Detheine! <3 btw the link "Daniel’s Food Diary" in Step 1 is broken! :p

  3. Valerie Lee
    December 12, 2013 at 2:30 am #

    Japon Gyokyro

  4. Toh Evon
    December 12, 2013 at 2:35 am #

    Japon Gyokyro.

    Looks like a great place to have a nice restful afternoon with tea!

  5. December 12, 2013 at 2:42 am #

    Japon Gyokyro.

  6. December 12, 2013 at 2:46 am #

    Thé Earl Grey Detheine

  7. December 12, 2013 at 2:49 am #

    The Blue Mountain

  8. December 12, 2013 at 2:51 am #

    Japon Gyokyro.

  9. December 12, 2013 at 2:53 am #

    The Blue Mountain

  10. December 12, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Thé Pouchkine

    Quite interesting tea! Can’t wait to visit Betjeman & Barton this weekend! 😀

  11. December 12, 2013 at 3:03 am #

    Thé Earl Grey Detheine

  12. Apple
    December 12, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    Thé Blue Mountain

  13. December 12, 2013 at 3:13 am #

    Japon Gyokyro.

  14. Jeslyn Leow Fon Fon
    December 12, 2013 at 3:14 am #

    Thé Earl Grey Detheine

  15. Koh Jess
    December 12, 2013 at 3:20 am #

    Japan Gyokyro

  16. December 12, 2013 at 3:23 am #

    Thé Pouchkine. I am a tea lover.

  17. Eunice Kong
    December 12, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Thé Pouchkine.

  18. December 12, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Thé Earl Grey Detheine

  19. December 12, 2013 at 3:32 am #

    Japon Gyokyro

  20. Renee
    December 12, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    Japon gyokyro

  21. December 12, 2013 at 3:40 am #

    Thé Earl Grey Detheine

  22. Lu Siu Ching
    December 12, 2013 at 3:43 am #

    Thé Blue Mountain

  23. December 12, 2013 at 3:49 am #

    The Blue Mountain

  24. Jerylene Xu
    December 12, 2013 at 3:51 am #

    The Blue Mountain

  25. esther
    December 12, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    The blue mountain

  26. Justin Chong
    December 12, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    Japan Gyokyro which is my favourite flavour!

  27. Jasmine
    December 12, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    Thé Blue Mountain (:

  28. Lim Jun Liang
    December 12, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    Thé Pouchkine!!

  29. Christina
    December 12, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    Thé Vert Lundi Light

  30. Rachel
    December 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    Thé Pouchkine

  31. Gibson
    December 12, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    Thé Cerise Noire

  32. Sylvia Ng
    December 12, 2013 at 4:57 am #

    Thé Pouchkine

  33. December 12, 2013 at 5:04 am #

    The Vert Lundi Light

  34. Madeleine Seah
    December 12, 2013 at 5:04 am #

    Thé Pouchkine

  35. December 12, 2013 at 5:07 am #

    The Blue Mountain

  36. December 12, 2013 at 5:09 am #

    The Blue Mountain 😉

  37. Ann Chen
    December 12, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    Thé Vert Lundi Light

  38. Frandy Goh
    December 12, 2013 at 6:00 am #

    Thé Earl Grey Detheine

  39. Ling Ming Jing
    December 12, 2013 at 6:13 am #

    The pouchkine

  40. Chandy
    December 12, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    The pouchkine :)

  41. Mona Koandi
    December 12, 2013 at 6:32 am #

    Thé Pouchkine

  42. Oh Lye Choon
    December 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    Thé Pouchkine

  43. December 12, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    Will love to try their Darjeeling Castleton. Hope they bring in some darjeeling first flush soon.

  44. Audrey
    December 12, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    The blue mountain ♡

  45. Yee Ling
    December 12, 2013 at 7:51 am #

    Thé Pouchkine

  46. Yeeling
    December 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    Thé Pouchkine

  47. Jessica
    December 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    Thé Earl Grey Detheine

  48. Victoria Leong
    December 12, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    Thé Vert Lundi Light. This delicate, calming blend of green tea and lemongrass has a reminiscent of summer meadows.

  49. Lianne
    December 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    Thé Pouchkine sounds like my kind of tea! :)

  50. Zhiting Chow
    December 12, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Thé Pouchkine :)

  51. Andrew Wong
    December 12, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    Definitely the Japan Gyokyro!

  52. December 12, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    Thé Vert Lundi Light.. I’m a tea person, I want!! =`)

  53. Sally Hw
    December 12, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Thé Vert Lundi Light, the tea looks interesting. : )

  54. Sally Hw
    December 12, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Thé Vert Lundi Light, the tea looks interesting. : )

  55. December 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    Thé Earl Grey Detheine

  56. Xinyi
    December 12, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    Thé Pouchkine

  57. Diana Soh
    December 12, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    oh I love tea and Thé C'est une belle Histoire looks interesting!

  58. Velvet Wu
    December 12, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

    Thé Pouchkine

  59. William Foong
    December 12, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    Thé Pouchkine

  60. Sally Soh
    December 12, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Thé Pouchkine

  61. Cheryl Teo
    December 12, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Thé Pouchkine

  62. December 12, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    Thé Blue Mountain

  63. December 12, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    Thé Vert Lundi Light

  64. Faith
    December 13, 2013 at 6:52 am #

    Thé Vert Lundi Light.

  65. Ashley Shin
    December 13, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    Thé Blue Mountain 😀

  66. T.f. Ong
    December 13, 2013 at 2:31 am #

    Thé Vert Lundi Light

  67. Su Lynn
    December 13, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    Thé Pouchkine

  68. December 13, 2013 at 2:47 am #

    Thé Earl Grey Detheine

  69. Jerald Tang
    December 13, 2013 at 2:59 am #

    Japon Gyokyro!

  70. December 13, 2013 at 3:21 am #

    Thé Pouchkine

  71. Yean Yean
    December 13, 2013 at 4:01 am #

    Thé Pouchkine

  72. December 13, 2013 at 4:13 am #

    Oolong tea 😀 <3

  73. December 13, 2013 at 7:06 am #

    <3 The Blue Mountain 😛

  74. Nian Tse
    December 13, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    Thé Blue Mountain

  75. Tris JiaQi Heng
    December 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    The Blue Mountain

  76. December 14, 2013 at 12:39 am #

    The Blue Mountain <3

  77. December 13, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    Darjeeling Castleton

  78. Belle Cher
    December 14, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    Thé Blue Mountain

  79. December 14, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    Thé Pouchkine

  80. December 14, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    Thé Vert Lundi Light ❤

  81. December 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    "Thé Pouchkine" sounds interesting!

  82. December 14, 2013 at 11:21 pm #

    Great, pls you try them for me

  83. Dian Angraini
    December 15, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    Thé Blue Mountain

  84. Dave Ng
    December 15, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    The blue mountain

  85. December 16, 2013 at 4:41 am #

    Thé Blue Mountain; always love the colour blue! =)

  86. Koh Peng Jek
    December 16, 2013 at 6:12 am #

    Thé Vert Lundi Light. Green tea and lemongrass together should be delightful taste!

  87. December 16, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    Answer: Thé Earl Grey Detheine =)

  88. Irman
    December 17, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    Thé Pouchkine. I like citrusy tea!

  89. Suling Li
    December 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    Thé Vert Lundi Light :>

  90. Suling Li
    December 17, 2013 at 5:07 am #

    Thé Vert Lundi Light

  91. Jane Chua
    December 17, 2013 at 5:07 am #

    I would love to try Japon Gyokyro 😀

  92. Stephen Tan
    December 17, 2013 at 5:15 am #

    Thé Blue Mountain!

  93. Ruth
    December 17, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    The blue mountain

  94. December 17, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    Thé Blue Mountain

  95. Desmond Lim
    December 17, 2013 at 5:27 am #

    Thé Vert Lundi Light

  96. Zhou Zhijuan
    December 17, 2013 at 5:27 am #

    Thé Blue Mountain!

  97. Leena Soh
    December 17, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    The Blue Mountain

  98. Christine Tang
    December 17, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    Thé Vert Lundi Light :))

  99. December 17, 2013 at 5:39 am #

    The Blue Mountain!

  100. Juliana Sng
    December 17, 2013 at 5:47 am #

    Thé Blue Mountain!

  101. erica sim
    December 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    Blue Mountain

  102. Meow Ling
    December 17, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    The Blue Mountain

  103. December 17, 2013 at 7:11 am #

    Japon Gyokyro

  104. December 17, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    I like most black tea ♡

  105. Justin Chong
    December 17, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    Thé Earl Grey Detheine – Love it for its comforting and soothing properties!

  106. Patrick Yong
    December 17, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    Assam Keelung would be a perfect gift for me ^^

  107. megan
    December 17, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    The pouchkine:)

  108. Chia Liping
    December 17, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    Thé Blue Mountain

  109. Elaine Tai
    December 17, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    Love the blue mountain

  110. Alexial Fang
    December 17, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Il Etait Une Fois Noel

  111. 蔡玲
    December 17, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    Thé Hanami

  112. Shirley Lee
    December 17, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    Thé Blue Mountain

  113. geraldine
    December 17, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    The Pouchkine

  114. Jiayu Chelza
    December 17, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    Japon Gyokyro

  115. Xiao Ning
    December 17, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    Thé Blue Mountain

  116. Chi Rebada
    December 18, 2013 at 12:32 am #

    Thé Cerise Noire

  117. December 18, 2013 at 12:51 am #

    Thé Vert Lundi Light.

  118. Eugene Chen
    December 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Thé Pouchkine

  119. Ann Ang
    December 21, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    The Blue Mountain

  120. See Sze Ping
    November 3, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    Japon Gyokyro

  121. November 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

    Thé Pouchkine

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