Known for its luxe teas, Basao finally opens its brick-and-mortar tea bar and teahouse on Moon Street this month. At this chic and modern space, in-house tea master Katherine, who is a certified tea artist and tea-art trainer, can tailor workshops, events and classes to your liking. Basao’s offerings of Asian teas are all single-origin sourced and grown from around the region. Try a sip of the Seaside Honey, an oolong cultivated in southern Taiwan’s warm and lush climates, for a pleasant flavour profile with hints of clover honey and white raisins.
The art of cultivating, brewing and drinking tea is indelible to Chinese culture. In Hong Kong today, tea is so important that to drink tea, aka yum cha, has become synonymous with beloved, dim sum gatherings filled with family and friends. But can you say you know the proper way to store and prepare tea, and the art to pouring and drinking tea? If you’ve answered no, we’re here to help with our pick of the best places to learn about and appreciate the art of tea drinking. By Yvonne Lau