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REVIEW: Taste from the Greens Milk Tea in Scout Torillo, Quezon City

It’s been a while since I tried a new milk tea source and I’ve been receiving a lot of requests of the milk tea drinks that I should try but fortoday, I’ll be reviewing a new milk tea source in Quezon City called Taste from the Greens.

Just a little background, TFG is originally from Pampanga and seems to be well known in the said place. It caught my attention because usually, the good milk tea sources are from another country but this one is from our very own. Their drinks are also organic and are homegrown.

They recently opened a branch in Scout Torillo, Quezon City just a few minute walk from the Boy Scout circle. Landmarks are Tramway, Steak 77 etc.

Me and my two other friends tried different drinks to review and assessed its quality but of course let me post my photo on their green themed place, lol.

Of course, I used metal straw because we want to reduce the use of plastic straws to save the turtles! Anyways, these are the drinks I tried.

1. Dark Chocolate w/ Pearl – Aside from milk tea drinks, I am a fan of chocolate drinks as well and TFG’s Dark Chocolate w/ Pearl and Creampuff is a good drink for me. I promise it doesn’t taste like Ovaltine, Milo or Nesquick! It’s a different chocolate that you cannot just buy from a mall or grocery but then I cannot say it’s the best chocolate milk tea drink I’ve tried either.

2. Choco Malt Creampuff – It’s one if their best sellers and I was expecting it to be somehow like Affinitea’s Milo Dino but then upon trying it out, I realized it’s more of Taste from the Green’s homegrown chocomalt. This one has a milk tea base but I think the chocomalt overpowers that so if you want a leafy tasting drink, this one’s not for you.

3. Cookies&Creampuff – This has to be my favorite since I’m a fan of cookies&cream or Oreo flavored milk tea drinks. The mixing of creampuff, cookie bits and milk tea just soothes my craving. If I were to go back, this is definitely the one I’m coming back for. Then again, if you’re looking for that leafy tea taste, then this one’s not for you but if you love Oreo flavored milk tea drinks? You’ll not regret this one.

They recommended these ones and said creampuff is one of their trademarks so me and my friends added creampuff to all our drinks.

I’m gonna start with the milk tea base since we’re talking about milk tea here. I’m gonna say that among the three milk tea drinks I tried, I really missed to have that green leafy tea taste on my mouth. The drink didn’t really have that much of the tea taste but I’m assuming it is because the creampuff and flavors are overpowering the whole milk tea base taste.

About the creampuff, all I can say is it’s definitely a good competitor of Affinitea’s creampuff series and Macao Imperial Tea’s Cheesecake and Pearl’s cream. TFG’s creampuff is thick and pure. It’s not just milk or cream, it’s really a cream puff. It’s perfect blandness and slight saltiness just equalize the sweetness of the flavored milk tea base. I really like their creampuff, no wonder why it’s their best topping. If I’m not mistaken, their creampuffs and creamers are HALAL certified so everyone can have a sip!

I also like to commend their wide variation of flavors because you have a lot of flavors to choose from unlike most milk tea sources that have a very few ones to pick from. It feels like there is always a new flavor to try with TFG.

About the flavors, it’s really flavorful and of quality. It’s not just some cheap powdered flavors they mix with the milk tea base for the sake of having flavors. It’s taste is distinct. You can also adjust sugar levels by request.

Packaging. The packaging is kind of plain. It’s not very amusing to me compared to the other milk tea cups I have seen but at least it’s not the milk tea cup with a smiley face on the top right? It’s not that bad for a local and starting milk tea business but I hope they improve and think of a better cup design in the future just like how nice their interiors are in their branches.

To sum it all up, TFG is a good one but it doesn’t really excel at this point. It is something I would go back to if I crave for that creampuff topping or I want a drink with creampuff again. Moreover, I’ll prolly continue supporting this milk tea source not just because its milk tea drinks are good but because they originated here in the Philippines. Kudos to Pampanga for this milk tea gem.

Have you guys tried Taste from the Greens? Tell me what you think about it on the comments below.

Summary:

Taste: 3.8/5

Price: 3/5

Packaging: 3/5

REVIEW: Yi Fang Taiwan Tea’s Pearl Milk drinks in Manila

I went back to trying milk tea beverages again and I have a new list of milk tea source to try and on my number one is the Yi Fang Taiwan Tea. I haven’t heard of this source since the middle of this year and now I’ve been receiving quite a lot of requests for me to try it.

Of course, as most people know, I’m a milk tea enthusiast and Yi Fang is known for their fruit tea so as early as now, I want to tell you guys that this review will just be about my thoughts on their milk, tea and milk tea related products. Here’s their menu:

It’s a rainy season and I don’t really have much time to go out so I ordered Yi Fang beverage through GrabFood.

I was confused of what to order from their menu because I wanna try their milk tea and I don’t know which one is more of a milk tea from their menu, is it the Brown Sugar Pearl Milk or the Brown Sugar Pearl Tea Latte?

The first one feels like just milk to me, it doesn’t have tea in its name and the second one gives me a second thought too because it has latte in its name, I’m afraid I’ll spend my P120 for a coffee tasting drink but how can we find out if we won’t try?

I ordered Yi Fang’s Brown Sugar Pearl Milk for P120 at medium size.

Packaging? It’s cool that their cup seal is not pure plastic but more of like paper/plastic hybrid? I think it decomposes faster than the pure plastic cup seal.

By the way, I no longer use plastic straws because I am one with the movement to stop using it to protect the sea turtles who get harmed for every plastic straw disposal that we do. Save the turtles!

Going back, I have tried quite a lot of Brown Sugar flavored milk teas and I must say that Brown Sugar flavor is basically arnibal of the usual street taho and Yi Fang’s Brown Sugar achieved the fine taste of arnibal. Kudos to that. The pearls of this drink are smaller than the usual milk tea pearls, it reminded me the taho’s little sago.

Moving on to the drink’s base, I must say that it’s pure creamy and pure milk. Imagine putting a California Sunshine fresh milk on a glass with pearl sago soaked in arnibal. That’s the Yi Fang’s Brown Sugar Pearl Milk.

On another day, I thought of giving this milk tea source another chance so I tried their Brown Sugar Pearl Tea Latte for P120 at medium size too.

I was nervous because I was expecting for the worst that it might taste like a coffee based drink but upon taking a sip of it I was shook because it was the taste I was expecting.

IT IS NOT COFFEE!! Yes!

I was relieved. Its base doesn’t taste like just milk anymore, it had that leafy taste and of course, their chewy sweet pearls that tasted like arnibal were still there. Yum.

Their milk tea base really had a legitimate leafy tea and I can guarantee that it is not just from a powder like the low quality milk tea sources. It’s an authentic milk tea so it’s a thumbs up for me.

However, I didn’t see anything special on their drinks and it’s not something that I would really recommend. It’s something I can describe as legit milk tea, chewy sweet pearls, cool packaging but it’s just okay. Nothing very special.

Anyways, their specialty naman is fruit tea which is I’m not a big fan of so if you’re a milk tea lover, I can’t really say Yi Fang is an amazing try but we all have our own taste, yah?

I’ll continue to try their other milk tea related beverage and update this post tho.

Tell me what you think about it on the comments below.

Summary:

Taste: 3/5

Price: 3.8/5

Packaging: 4.5/5

REVIEW: McDonald’s Milk Tea series

McDonald’s recently released their milk tea series in line with the milk tea hype in the Philippines. They brought out two milk tea flavors in the market namely: Classic Milk Tea and Wintermelon Milk Tea, both topped with their signature vanilla sundae available both for P49.

So for those who wants an honest review. You’ve come to the right place.

Classic Milk Tea

It doesn’t taste very leafy as to what normal milk tea does but it has a very slight hint. The creaminess of the base plus the vanilla sundae topping just overshadows the legit milk tea taste making it taste more like a tea flavored milk shake.

Wintermelon Milk Tea

Ever heard of Nestea’s wintermelon milk tea? Add a little bit more sugar, crushed ice and top it up with vanilla sundae and that’s McDonald’s Wintermelon Milk Tea in a nutshell. It’s too sweet for me.

Between the two, I prefer the classic milk tea. It’s creaminess is unique and hindi nakaka-umay. Despite that it might not achieve your legit milk tea cravings or your tongue that’s used to Chatime, Dakasi or Macao Imperial Tea’s original/classic/royal milk tea beverages, McDonald’s Classic MT might give you another unique taste of beverage.

Summary:

Classic

Taste: 2.5/5

Price: 4/5

Packaging: 2/5

Wintermelon

Taste: 2/5

Price: 4/5

Packaging: 2/5

REVIEW: Dakasi Milk Tea drinks

It’s a good day and here I am craving for milk teas again but then I wanna try something new so I looked over GrabFood milk tea places and saw Dakasi.

During my first order, I had their Okinawa Milk Tea for P140 (Large) and the Dakasi Bubble Milk Tea P140. I tried a lot of milk tea shops and I wasn’t really a big fan of Okinawa but man, Dakasi’s Okinawa Milk Tea can fight that. I super love their Okinawa. It’s milky yet you can still taste the tea flavor in it. Perfect blend. It’s like a better and more legit tea version of D’Cream Special more because you can still get that leafy taste unlike D’Cream special na very milky na. About the Dakasi Bubble Milk Tea, it’s a legit milk tea and I have to say it’s good but there’s nothing so special about it.

Below is their menu. (UPDATE: Prices changed and went a little higher)

On my next order, I tried their Roasted Okinawa Milk Tea and Oreo Milk Tea. I ordered Roasted Okinawa because I was impressed by the Okinawa drink but in my opinion, it’s not as good as Okinawa. Roasted Okinawa is like a dull tasting milk tea, not worth the price. Oreo Milk Tea is basically Dakasi Bubble Milk Tea with Oreo bits in it — I still prefer Affinitea’s Oreo Milk Tea with Cream Puff.

Moving on, I tried something new again because it happened that I tried Macao Imperial Tea’s Uji Matcha and it was heaven so I thought maybe Dakasi’s Creme Matcha Plumule is a good alternative so I ordered it.

Honestly, it’s taste is really really new to me plus the plumule is a rare and new topping to my drink. The beverage itself, you can taste the matcha and the milk but I think the milk and the plumule overpowers the matcha leafy taste. I can say that it’s a unique drink but I cannot say that everyone will like it.

I also tried their Chocolate Cereal Drink because I really like the old tea house’s named Qtea’s Chocolate with Love in Ermita (it’s closed now) and I thought maybe this may come close but then turns out I ordered a drink that has a texture of quaker oats with chocolate milk. Chocolate cereal drink nga naman, why am I surprised?

In a nutshell, the best drink to order here is Okinawa Milk Tea with Pearls.

Summary:

Taste: 4/5

Price: 3/5

Packaging: 3/5

REVIEW: CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice!!!

Have you noticed the long lines in CoCo? Milk tea lovers are quickly multiplying and I gotta say that I do hope they aren’t just hopping inside the bandwagon!

I’m not a big fan of CoCo even after I tried their best seller drinks but I was shook to ny inner milk tea loving core when I tried something out from their menu.

Are you ready to discover the best drink from Coco?

Salty Cream Milk Tea

Price:

P100 (Large)

P90 (Regular)

It cannot be seen under the Tasty Milk Tea menu but it’s under the Cream & Latte menu.

It has a tasty milk tea base and a nature salt & cream kind of topping. I previously said in one of my entries that Macao Imperial Tea’s Cheesecake & Pearl Milk Tea is the best tasting milk tea drink I’ve tried so far and I gotta say that CoCo’s Salty Cream Milk Tea goes in same level with MIT’s Cheesecake&Pearl Milk Tea. I think the only difference between them is that the cream in CoCo is more of a liquid, Macao’s C&PMT’s cream is more of creamy soft solid.

Macao’s C&PMT comes in a small cup for P120. I highly recommend CoCo’s Salty Cream Milk Tea if you’re craving for a milk tea drink that’s as good as Macao’s best seller + you’ll probably appreciate it because it’s way cheaper and bigger.

Normally, Salty Cream Milk Tea doesn’t come with pearls but if you want to chew something up while drinking you can put a Pearl add on to this drink as well. It’s good, imo!

In Summary:

Taste: 4.7/5

Packaging/Cup: 4/5

Price: 4.5/5

Will recommend? Yes!!!

Will buy again? Absolutely!

REVIEW: Milk Tea drinks from Happy Lemon

So I just ordered two milk tea beverages from Happy Lemon through honestbee PH app.

What did I order?

1. Milk Tea with Rock Salt & Cheese – P109

2. Milk Tea Dinosaur – P99

At first, I was amused because it’s kinda cheap for a milk tea drink but then upon receiving it, I realized it’s too small for a P100+ worth or beverage. Kaya naman pala mura.

Anyways, going to the drink itself, I think Happy Lemon milk tea are just fine. There is nothing really special about their classic milk tea but I appreciate their Milk Tea Dinosaur (Milo Milk Tea) because I love Affinitea’s Manong Dino Milk Tea (Milo MT) and Happy Lemon’s Milk Tea Dinosaur was able to topple my appreciation to one of Affinitea’s best seller drinks.

To think about it, it’s price is lower than the other milk teas out there which made me think baka di naman legit na milk tea? Baka di masarap? But turns out it’s actually good but the problem with Happy Lemon is their cup size is small.

I’m yet to try their best seller beverages soon tho and make a review about it again. I made this one because it’s my first time to try Happy Lemon out.

Check their zomato page out for their menu here.

In Summary:

Taste: 3.5/5

Packaging Cup: 3/5

Price: 4/5

Will go back again? Yes.

Will recommend? Sure.

REVIEW: Wintermelon Milk Tea from Fat Fook

As I was strolling around Robinsons Galleria while waiting for VP Leni’s event in Glorietta, one of my friends suggested for me to try the milk tea of Fat Fook. Fat Fook is actually a restaurant, not a milk tea house. They serve Chinese cuisine which I believe are good, will try it out soon!

It’s my first time to try their milk tea so I ordered the most common one, Wintermelon Milk Tea (P110) with Pearls (+P14) with 75% sugar level. You can pick your desired sugar level, it’s posted on their menus.

The drink didn’t disappoint me. The wintermelon is very tasty and the pearls are chewy and fresh but I would like to point out the pearls’ inconsistency. Some pearl bits aren’t chewy as the other, prolly some of it aren’t well cooked. The beverage itself is really good though, you can taste the perfect leafy sweetness of the drink.

Going to its packaging, I didn’t like its cup a lot. It’s not a plastic sealed cup so it can spill anytime unlike the other heated plastic milk tea cups. I travelled to Glorietta after purchasing this beverage and it was quite a struggle to keep my milk tea intact.

Will probably go back again to try their other milk tea choices since their Wintermelon didn’t disappoint me.

In Summary:

Taste: 3/5

Packaging Cup: 3/5

Price: 4/5

Will go back again? Yes.

Will recommend? Yes.

REVIEW: High Tea, best milk tea inside Malacañang compound

We just moved into an apartment unit inside Malacañang compound and every time I go to school, I pass by three milk tea shops: High Tea, Ersao and Happy Thirstday.

But I must say that after trying these three, the best shop that provides milk tea inside Malacañang compound is High Tea.

As usual, I started with their large Wintermelon milk tea (P85) plus Pearls (P10) to see how legit their milk teas are and this shop didn’t disappoint me. Their drinks tastes legit, it’s not just some powdered milk teas blended with milk and water and their pearls are chewy and sweet.

I have yet to try their other best sellers but their basic milk teas are a YES for me. I also like their prices because it’s not too high yet the quality of the beverage is great.

My top three drinks here would be:

1. Royal House Milk Tea + Pearls

2. Wintermelon House Milk Tea + Pearls

3. Oreo House Milk Tea + Cream Cheese

They also sell foods, one of their best sellers is their Takoyaki though I wouldn’t make a review about it here because I’m not a big fan of Takoyakis.

The staffs are friendly and they serve really fast. The only thing I didn’t like in this tea house is that it’s kinda small and hot inside, it’s not a good place to stay for long.

In Summary:

Taste: 4/5

Packaging Cup: 3.5/5

Price: 4.5/5

Will go back again? Yes.

Will recommend? Yes.

REVIEW: Chatime’s Milk Tea Drinks

I could count in my hands the number of times I tried Chatime’s milk tea, too few for me to remember how good their drinks are. Just this week, I tried their milk tea again.

I bought Pearl Milk Tea (Large) for P100 because that is how I initially judge a milk tea source, through their Pearl Milk Tea or their Wintermelon Milk Tea. Let me also point out that a P100 for a legit milk tea drink is worth it.

Upon buying their Pearl Milk Tea, I suddenly felt bad for not always buying here. Whenever I’m in SM Manila, I tend to buy milk tea from Coco when in fact, Chatime is better — the best milk tea that one can buy from SM City Manila, I should say.

Chatime > Coco > Gong Cha > Infinitea

It really disappoints me to try milk teas that tastes so much like the typical packed powdered milk tea powders but Chatime definitely has a legit milk tea. They’re not gonna serve you with those powdered milk tea sachets, it’s totally worth your money.

I will try their other drinks next time but for now, all I can say is that their Pearl Milk Tea and Wintermelon Milk tea were able to go in level with the goodness of Affinitea’s (my favorite milk tea source).

In Summary:

Taste: 4/5

Packaging/Cup: 4/5

Price: 5/5

Will go back again? Yes

Will recommend? Yes

REVIEW: Best Affinitea milk tea drinks

I have this huge obsession with milk tea. Milk tea makes my day, milk tea soothes me, milk tea gives me life, milk tea runs in my blood.

Ever since I had this calling for milk tea, I decided to try all milk tea houses I see and so far, I’ve gotta say that Affinitea is my favorite.

Affinitea has a lot of branches across Manila, you may check their branches online but the one closest to my place is their Legarda branch beside Mang Inasal and Chowking. I always drink here so halos lahat ng drinks nila na-try ko na lol! Here’s their menu:

Let’s now talk about the drinks. I’ll start with my top favorite drinks sold here:

1. Dino Milk Tea with Nature Salt & Cheese (P135) – has a premium milk tea base topped with milo powder and nature salt & cheese toppings. It’s a perfect blend of sweetness and saltiness. I usually take off its cap so I can eat the milo powder and chunks of NSC. The milo x NSC just brings a twist to the milk tea base that’s why I really like this one. I never tried any other tea house with such blend.

2. Oreo Milk Tea with Cream Puff (P125) – has a premium milk tea base then crumbs of Oreo as toppings na usually nagsisink down sa baba. It doesn’t have pearls but it has this cream puff that’s like all purpose cream with a thicker texture and tastes creamy. Its creaminess balances the smoothness of the milk tea base. I usually take the cup’s cap off to eat the chunks of the cream puff. I can say that this blend of Affinitea is also unique, there are a lot of Oreo milk teas out there but the cream puff in this drink just gives it a twist. This is Affinitea’s top one best seller tho!

3. Wintermelon Milk Tea with Pearl(P105) – just like your common legit wintermelon milk tea topped with the chewy sweet tapioca pearls. If you’re craving for wintermelon milk tea, this one’s for you.

4. Premium Milk Tea (P115) – this one is like wintermelon milk tea except that it’s leafy flavor is a little less than the Wintermelon milk tea. It’s like a milk tea with a higher content of milk. It also has these chewy and sweetened tapioca pearls that you can chew while you drink. If you’re a milk tea lover who loves legit milk teas, you’ll probably love this.

5. Milk Tea with Pearl (P105) – the most basic milk tea in this beverage house. It’s basically just like the premium milk tea, I honestly don’t taste much difference between the two so if you’re short by P10, you can get this one instead of the Premium Milk tea. It still goes with the tapioca pearls anyway!

Those mentioned above are my favorite drinks from this tea house. Y’all should give it a try!

Affinitea in Legarda has french fries (available in salted, sour cream and cheese flavor), nachos and burgers that you can munch while you drink your favorite beverage. Just recently, they started tk offer rice meals available for P99 though I can’t really recommend it because it’s not as good as their drinks. Last time I ordered corned beef with egg, I was disappointed because the egg felt so raw like it was cooked for 10 seconds and then got served, lol!

Moving on to the place, I haven’t tried visiting other branches of Affinitea so I’ll just describe their branch in Legarda.

The place is kinda small, it can only accommodate around 22 people in maximum. The staffs are very fast movers, you don’t have to wait for so long for your orders but what I don’t like is that they don’t smile a lot to the customers.

Affinitea has been my favorite milk tea source ever since and up until today pero ito rin yung isa sa pinaka-pricey na milk tea source because usually, the common budget for a cup of milk tea is around P90-105 pero dito it ranges P105-135.

In Summary:

Taste: 5/5

Packaging/Cup: 3/5

Price: 3/5 (Priciest milk tea I’ve had so far)

Will go back again? Yes

Will recommend? Yes