Gryphon Tea Company

September 03, 2016 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Gryphon Tea Company
Online Website Store

Selected Retail Partners

251 Pandan Loop (Office Headquarters & Factory, No Retail Store)
9am - 5pm Mon - Fri, Closed Sat - Sun


http://www.gryphontea.com/


Some pictures / images here in this post are sourced, and credited, to Gryphon Tea Company. I am an actual customer of this brand, and personally paid for several of the products listed here.


Artisan Selection Treasures Tea Box
Artisan Selection 'Treasures' Tea Box (SGD $18.50)



Unique, Artisanal Blend Of Gourmet Teas

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 9
Product Lifespan: Up to 2 years
Product Quality: 10
Value for Money: 8
Spent about SGD $20 per person.


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Established in 2006 by 4th generation tea merchant Lim Tian Wee, Gryphon Tea Company is a Singapore gourmet tea brand. A subsidiary of the family's tea-trading business Lim Lam Thye, whose history stretches back nearly 100 years, Gryphon Tea Company aims to make high-quality, gourmet teas accessible to discerning tea drinkers. The result; innovative artisanal gourmet tea flavours that tease and tantalise the palate.

The Artisan Selection range of teas by Gryphon Tea Company features a range of 19 unique, award-winning tea blends. Carefully handpicked by their master tea blenders, the leaves, herbs, and fruits are combined to create exotic, yet pleasing flavours. Hand blended in small batches which ensures quality, wrapped in translucent silken sachets, the tea blends span the range of black, green, white, rooibos, oolong, and herbal tisane; though pu-erh and fruit tisane are noticeably absent at the moment from the Artisan Selection range.

According to the master blenders at Gryphon Tea Company, a good cup of tea must fulfill 2 criteria. First, the tea leaves must be fresh and of good quality. Second, the water used must enhance, not overpower, the natural flavour of the tea leaves. Besides the 19 flavours in the Artisan Selection range of sachet teas, they also have other ranges of teas, including 57 flavours for the Gourmet Selection range of loose-leaf teas, 17 flavours for the Grand Cru Selection range of boxed teas, and 15 flavours for the Iced range of iced teas.

The Gryphon Tea Company retails their Artisan Selection range of teas in boxes, with each box containing 20 sachets, priced between SGD $17 - $22 per box. I personally find that each sachet can be steeped 2 - 3 times at most. Lifespan can be up to 2 years, though it's best to consume the tea before then. Gryphon Tea Company offers both local shipping within Singapore, as well as international shipping. A local delivery charge of SGD $6 applies for orders below SGD $60. They also offer free samples with each online purchase! Visit their online store here, promo code 'shopnow' gets you 10% off your 1st purchase.


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Gryphon Tea Company Logo
Gryphon Tea Company Logo



Upon its launch in April 2016, the Artisan Selection 'Treasures' Tea Box (SGD $18.50) quickly sold out both online, and in stores. This collection features an assortment of 10 types of black, green, white, rooibos, and oolong teas from the Artisan Selection. It's a nice starter sampler, a good introduction to gourmet tea, and also makes for a great gift!

Artisan Selection 'Treasures' Tea Box (SGD $18.50)


Artisan Selection 'Treasures' Tea Box


Range Of Teas, Source Credits



The Tomatino tea is a personal favourite of the founder, and stands out for its unique vegetal flavour. This caffeine-free rooibos tea blend is made with organic South Africa rooibos tea leaves, tomato, carrot, apple, beetroot, cinnamon, orange peel, and organic honeybush. It has sweet succulent top notes, then a luscious layer of mild sweet acidity with a hint of savoury resonance. The finish has a slight bitter citrus that quickly fades off the palate, while the vegetal flavour lingers on.

Tomatino


Gryphon Tea Tomatino
Tomatino



The Mogambo tea when translated from Swahili in polite language, means 'Passion'. This caffeine-free rooibos tea blend is made with organic South Africa rooibos tea leaves, apple, passionfruit, orange peel, pomegranate flowers, and organic honeybush. It has an strong floral fruity aroma that is tangy and juicy, with a moderate acidity that has a contrast of sweet and sour flavours. The finish is short, with sweet and tangy notes, and a slight lingering fruity taste.

Mogambo


Gryphon Tea Mogambo
Mogambo



The Templetree Lotus tea is an ambrosial floral tea fit for royalty. This modern oolong tea blend is made with mountain oolong tea leaves, young Indonesia green candied mango, cornflowers, and jasmine flower petals. It has a raw fruity aroma, with sweet top notes then segues gently into soft earthy tones. The finish is short, with a gentle tangy taste complemented by delicate floral. Calming and soothing brew.

Templetree Lotus


Gryphon Tea Templetree Lotus
Templetree Lotus



The Lily Of The Field tea is so fragrant and floral, it feels like you're drinking a sweet perfume. This modern oolong tea blend is made with 4 seasons oolong tea leaves grown in the mountains of Taiwan, white lily buds, eucalyptus leaves, and marigold flower petals. It has elegant, soft floral notes, with a full-bodied velvety texture, and a mild earthy tone. The finish is floral sweet and lingers delicately. Calming, aromatic, and sophisticated. Perfect for unwinding, this is my favourite tea blend.

Lily Of The Field


Gryphon Tea Lily of the Field
Lily Of The Field



The Nymph Of The Nile tea is delicate and floral, very ladylike in nature. This gentle white tea blend is made with organic white peony tea bud & leaves, Persian pink rose petals, rosehips, basil leaves from Egypt, and strawberry leaves. It has a gentle, elegant floral aroma, and a soft, creamy texture on the palate with a nice roundness. The finish has a hint of fruit, very delicate. Tantalising and lovely, this well balanced tea causes a yearning for more.

Nymph Of The Nile


Gryphon Tea Nymph of the Nile
Nymph Of The Nile



The White Gingerlily tea is light and soothing, perfect for relieving an upset stomach. This gentle white tea blend is made with organic white peony tea bud & leaves, galangal root from Thailand, lemongrass leaves, eucalyptus leaves, orange blossom petals, lily petals, and lavender petals. It has a strong aroma of herbs and spices with an undertone of floral, a rounded texture with a complex flavour. Notes of floral, spice, herbal, and earthy. The finish is clean and crisp, rather short. Pairs well with spicy food!

White Gingerlily


Gryphon Tea White Gingerlily
White Gingerlily



The Osmanthus Sencha tea is harmonious and soothing, suitable for any time of day. This well-rounded green tea blend is made with steamed sencha green tea leaves from Japan, and golden osmanthus flower petals. It has a floral sweet aroma, followed by a bright yet earthy base with a gentle sweetness. The ethereal floral fragrance coats the palate delicately, with a well-rounded feel. The finish has a lingering creamy texture, with a hint of earthy taste. Very zen brew.

Osmanthus Sencha


Gryphon Tea Osmanthus Sencha
Osmanthus Sencha



The Marrakesh Mint tea is uplifting and refreshing, a good pick-me-up. This well-rounded green tea blend is made with green tea leaves, peppermint leaves from Morocco, spearmint leaves, and lemongrass leaves. It has a fresh, minty aroma, with a cooling, refreshing sensation on the palate. Notes of earthy and herbal follow, good rejuvenating sensation. The finish is short and quick, yet the revitalising coolness lingers on. Nice, makes for a good nightcap or digestif.

Marrakesh Mint


Gryphon Tea Marrakesh Mint
Marrakesh Mint



The Contessa Grey tea is enchanting and melodious in its composition, calling to mind the classic Earl Grey tea, yet more complex in flavour. This robust black tea blend is made with darjeeling black tea leaves, shiso leaves from Japan, oil of bergamot, eucalyptus leaves, and orange blossom petals. There are aromatic notes of soft floral, a light touch of citrus acidity, with undertones of earthy garden freshness. The finish has a light touch of menthol, very elegant. Well balanced yet assertive and sophisticated.

Contessa Grey


Gryphon Tea Contessa Grey
Contessa Grey



The Straits Chai tea is tantalising and appetizing with its exotic spiced fragrance. This robust black tea blend is made with Indonesia black tea leaves, cardamom, anise, orange tangerine peel, fennel, cinnamon, black pepper, and safflower. Best paired with frothed milk, it has a complex, alluring aroma of spices, with a full-bodied palate of sweet and earthy. The finish has a firm structure, quickly dropping off. Comforting yet heady with its intense spice aroma.

Straits Chai


Gryphon Tea Straits Chai
Straits Chai



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The Lemon Ginger Mint tea is refreshing yet soothing, a nice and bright invigorating brew. This uplifting herbal tisane tea blend is made with peppermint leaves, ginger root from China, galangal, lemon myrtle leaves from Australia, and lemongrass leaves. It has a light coppery body and a lively minty profile, harmoniously paired with a zesty kick. The finish has a hint of lemon citrus and warm spice, really lifts the spirits.

Lemon Ginger Mint


Lemon Ginger Mint



The Chamomile Dream tea is a delicate, floral arrangement that has a soothing softness. This uplifting herbal tisane tea blend is made with chamomile flower petals, lemon verbena leaves, marigold flower petals, lavender flower petals, and lemongrass. It has a light body, and a soft, nuanced aroma with notes of floral sweetness, a hint of lemon citrus, and acacia honey. The finish is calming and delicate. Best paired with a spot of honey.

Chamomile Dream


Chamomile Dream



The Pearl Of The Orient tea is a layered, highly aromatic brew that easily captivates the senses. This well-rounded green tea blend is made with jasmine green tea leaves from China, and Morocco rose flower petals. It has a light body, subtle delicate notes of floral jasmine rose sweetness, and a mild earthy undertone. The finish is short and clean, with a lingering aroma of a garden in full bloom. Lovely, the tea just caresses and embraces the palate.

Pearl Of The Orient


Pearl Of The Orient



The Hanami tea is a thing of beauty, like the eponymous flower that lends its name to this delicate brew. This well-rounded green tea blend is made with steamed sencha green tea leaves from Japan, and blush cherry blossom flower petals. It has an earthy leafy taste of tea leaves and a light body, perfumed by the floral sweet fragrance of cherry blossoms. The finish has a hint of soft fruity strawberries and vanilla, with a slight astringent texture. A beautiful taste of spring time!

Hanami


Hanami



The Azteca D'Oro tea calls to mind the mysterious Aztec culture, and their love for cocoa, said to be the food of the Gods. This caffeine-free rooibos tea blend is made with organic South Africa rooibos tea leaves, caramel, cacao nibs, and cacao shells from Madagascar. It has a rich, luscious body, bitter sweet with notes of milk chocolate, followed by an undertone of toasted peanuts. The finish is creamy and lingering, with flavours of sweet toffee. Little wonder this 'xocolatl' was favoured above gold!

Azteca D'Oro


Azteca D'Oro



The Coba Cabana tea is like a tropical Caribbean summer brew, inspired by fruity cocktails. This caffeine-free rooibos tea blend is made with organic South Africa rooibos tea leaves, lemon myrtle leaves, candied mango, candied pineapple, peppermint leaves, lemon peel, basil leaves, and raw greenbush rooibos tea leaves. It has a medium body, playful and tangy with fruity notes of banana, mango, pineapple, lemon, and coconut, being earthy and sweet in taste. A light acidity keeps it lively. The finish is distinctly herbal and refreshing, a hint of basil and mint, zesty and uplifting. Boldly unconventional, but so good!

Coba Cabana


Coba Cabana



The Earl Grey Lavender tea is a true, elegant, timeless classic blend, good for any occasion. This robust black tea blend is made with Ceylonese black tea leaves from Sri Lanka, Provencal lavender flowers from Provence, France, and Calabrian oil of bergamot from Calabria, Italy. The light body has bold floral top notes, followed by vibrant citrus, then earthy undertones. The rich herbal floral flavours is delicate, enveloping the palate in a gentle caress. The finish is strongly perfumed with bergamot. Soothing and relaxing. I notice this tea blend also tends to steep the quickest in hot water.

Earl Grey Lavender


Earl Grey Lavender



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