Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Kirin's White Chocolate Milk Tea

Treasures abound in supermarkets. I found this flavored milk tea in the supermarket beside my hotel during my last visit to Tokyo. I've been disappointed time and again with flavored milk tea, but decided to try this since it's made by Kirin. 

The Kirin White Chocolate Milk Tea is a perfect blend of milk tea and chocolate. The flavor was well balanced, neither too milky, too chocolate-y or bitter (because of the tea). It was a different kind of yummy beverage and I liked it. I wish Kirin would eventually export it to Singapore too...


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Kirin's Limited Black Tea Floral Cherry Blossom Royal Milk Tea

My good friend Uzuki-san gave me two bottles of milk tea before I left Tokyo. One was the Kirin cherry blossom milk tea and the other was the Kirin chocolate milk tea. I luckily found some bubble wrap and managed to bring it back to Singapore safely.

I'm always anxious with trying out new things, so I dilly-dallied for a week before I tried the drink. I had sampled the Kirin chocolate milk tea when I was in Tokyo and absolutely loved it. I found it at a supermarket while I was looking for some Japanese ingredients to bring back home. I didn't know about the cherry blossom variant until Uzuki-san surprised me with it at work.

Because the packaging was pink I had expectations that the drink may taste a bit like strawberry milk. I had no clue how it might taste. After taking a tentative sip I was surprised to discover that it tasted very fresh. The usual milk tea I have makes you sober. The Kirin cherry blossom milk tea gave me a refreshing buzz. I tried to prolong finishing it, but I gulped it down in no time since it tasted really good. Oishii!

How I wish Kirin will make it available in Singapore!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Colorless Milk Tea by Suntory

I tried the colorless Suntory Milk tea a few months back when I went to Japan. I was ecstatic to find it in the convenience store at the arrival area in Narita and promptly got a bottle. Took a few photos just before I boarded the bus to Tokyo.

I was only able to sample the clear milk tea when I got back from work that evening. I was thinking at the back of my mind that maybe when I pour it in a glass it will magically turn into its usual light brown color. It didn't. Here's a video when I sampled the drink.

Anyway, maybe I expected too much from the drink, but I was a bit disappointed with how it tasted. It did taste like milk tea but there was something missing and I couldn't put my finger on what it was. I just thought that maybe something was lost when it was processed to be clear. I'm also not too comfortable with the idea that there were additional processes made to achieve its colorless state.

It was a fun experience for me though and I had other family/friends try it out too. Their assessment was the same though -- something lacking.

*Suntory Premium Morning Tea

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Kirin White Chocolate Milk Tea

Kirin White Chocolate Milk Tea is my latest discovery in Tokyo. I always make it a point to visit a supermarket/grocery/convenience store whenever I travel. This is where I usually find interesting milk tea. It's usually a hit or miss, but I always remember the better ones and come back to it when I get to visit the country again.

So far Kirin's selection of milk tea beverages have been a hit with me. I like the Premium Milk Tea the best and oftentimes have some stock in my fridge. We have the Royal Milk Tea available in the office so that's my staple milk tea drink whenever I'm at work. Yesterday I went to the supermarket near my hotel to check out if there was anything new and found the Kirin White Chocolate Milk Tea.

I've been hesitant in trying flavored milk tea because oftentimes they don't blend very well (check out the post before this). After my first sip I knew that this variety would be good. The white chocolate and milk tea blended perfectly. It wasn't distinctly chocolate nor milk tea. It was a well-balanced blend of white chocolate, milk and tea. In pasta terms it would be described as al dente.

I will definitely have the Kirin White Chocolate Milk Tea again when I visit Japan next time. I hope they'll import it in Singapore too. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Lipton Green Milk Tea

I always scout for new ready to drink milk tea at 7-Eleven. I got excited when I spotted the Lipton Green Milk Tea the other day. I thought it would replace my craving for Pokka's Green Tea Milk Tea which 7-Eleven used to sell years ago. I couldn't even find it in Japan now, so I've been just drinking matcha at Nana's Green Tea.

I always like to pour ready to drink milk tea in a glass with ice. That's what I did when I got home. I had a lot of difficulty opening the bottle. Even my trusty rubber band couldn't get it open. I finally wedged it open and poured half of the content into the glass. Immediately tried it and memories of Bali came pouring in my mind. A decade ago my brother bought bottles of tea to drink. The drink tasted like we drank flowers. Lipton Green Milk Tea tasted more like flowers than green tea with milk. I guess they meant by green = garden/nature/flowers. We only finished the bottle because I tricked my son to finish it hehe. 

Lipton Green Milk Tea is best for people who have a palate for flowery stuff. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Haagen Dazs Green Tea Crispy Sandwich

During my last visit to Japan I vowed to try different types of milk tea everyday. My plan got derailed when I chanced upon the Haagen Dazs Green Tea Crispy Sandwich at Lawson's. I just had to try it.

Back at the hotel I quickly tried out the ice cream sandwich. It was delicious, like drinking green tea frap while eating biscuits. I made a mess though since I didn't go back to the hotel immediately. I tried again the next day and ate it while the ice cream was still firm. It was a better experience.

The treat reminded me about my favorite Singapore ice cream sandwich which you can get from Orchard Road. I like the biscuit better than ice cream on bread. It's quite filling too, so if you're trying it out make some space in your tummy! 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Milk Tea in Hong Kong

I was told by some friends that the best milk tea in the region can be found in Hong Kong. I had my misgivings since my favorite teh peng is in Singapore. Eventually found myself in Hong Kong a few months ago and immediately looked for milk tea made in Hong Kong.

The first encounter was in our office. I squealed when I saw that we actually had milk tea available in the fridge. I drank one during a meeting and I couldn't help but comment that it was really good. In Singapore/Malaysia most of the milk tea has strong tea flavor, in Taiwan it has more milk, in Hong Kong it was a well balanced blend of milk and tea. It made the drink more smooth, so I really liked it. The person I was meeting said that the one I tried was just a sample of what Hong Kong milk tea is. He suggested I try one that's freshly made.

After work I got my hubby to look for Ten Ren Tea with me. Another friend told me that it was the most popular (and best) milk tea in Hong Kong. He cautioned though that lines were usually long. We finally found the branch that was inside a bookstore. I was immediately taken by the ice cream!

In my mind the ice cream was glistening and singing to me hahaha. It's the best ice cream of its kind. It's been several months since I've been to Hong Kong and I still think about it.

I also tried the milk tea. It was fresh and flavorful, but I must admit that I spent more time enjoying the ice cream. And I completely forgot to take a photo of the drink! I wanted to go back to the shop the next day, but I got so busy at work and had to run to the airport after my event. I guess I'll need to go back to Hong Kong for another chance to drink Ten Ren Tea's milk tea.

I've been trying to get a friend from Hong Kong to buy me Vitasoy milk tea. Luckily the supermarket across our place stocked on them last September so I managed to buy some. Too bad though they ran out after the huge promo they did. Now I have to go searching for it in Singapore again...

And yes, Hong Kong milk tea is the best!