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Top Branded Milk Tea Sources in PH 2019

Since like 2015 I’ve been drinking different kinds of milk tea from different sources, even before milk tea was a thing. I started with Ochado in Cavite, idk, if you guys know that milk tea source.

Anyways, just today, I felt like I have to make this “top” milk tea blog post to guide those newly milk tea lovers out there.

I wrote this impromptu so I MIGHT forget some other milk tea brands on my list but more likely they’re not that good because if they are, I will remember.

So after years of tasting, these five sources made it to the top of my list.

1. Dakasi

2. Macao Imperial Tea

3. Affinitea

4. CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice

5. Happy Lemon

6. I Love Milk Tea

7. D’Cream

8. Tiger Sugar

9. Chatime

10. Gong Cha

11. Moonleaf

12. Zentea

13. Serenitea

14. Infinitea

15. Happy Cup

But of course, I won’t just list it down for y’all. Let me share a little commentary about those branded milk teas listed above.

1. Dakasi – God tier milk tea source. Their Okinawa Milk Tea is the mother of milk teas. The perfect blend of creaminess and leafiness. Hindi nakakaumay sa tamis. They have wide variation of milk tea flavors and drinks too.

2. Macao Imperial Tea – Another God tier milk tea source. Sinong milk tea lover ang hindi nasarapan sa Cheesecake and Pearl Milk Tea nila? Nobody. Their CPMT is just so unique, they’re the first one to put out this flavor. Trademark. Their other drinks are legit too. You can taste the brewed leaves from their milk teas, dahon kung dahon. Quality drinks and wide variety of flavors available. If you don’t like it then raise your standards. Char.

3. Affinitea – Top tier milk tea source. Their Dino Milk Tea with Nature Salt & Cheese, Oreo Milk Tea with Cream Puff and even their basic milk tea called Premium Milk Tea are just perfect. They have so many rare unique flavors and that’s what makes them make it to the top tier list. Their milk teas are also of good quality. Dahon kung dahon never powder.

4. CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice – Another top tier milk tea source but I won’t say it’s because of their Panda Milk Tea or 2 Ladies drink which goes usually in front of their menu list. Their best drink is Salty Cream Milk Tea, a unique milk tea mix that equalizes the saltiness, leafiness and creaminess at the same time. I have to say that they might be the mother of all salty cream/rock salt cheese/cream topped milk teas. Just smooth.

5. Happy Lemon – This is where the mid tier begins. Happy Lemon has wide variation of milk tea flavors and their milk tea bases are also of good quality which enables them to fight but I have to say that they’re blends aren’t that catchy to my tastebuds compared to Affinitea’s variants.

6. I Love Milk Tea – Still a mid ties to me. They have quality milk tea bases and wide variation of drinks that I’ve tried but nothing convinced me to keep going back to them.

7. D’Cream – Also a mid tier to me only because of their D’Cream special that reminds me of Dakasi’s Okinawa Milk Tea (slightly) because of it’s creaminess though I honestly think it’s too creamy that I don’t taste the tea anymore. I believe their tea aren’t that concentrated, that’s why. Their variation of drinks are also limited so yeah.

8. Tiger Sugar – An overrated mid tier milk tea that earned audience because they launched their first branch in the Philippines during the peak of milk tea’s bandwagon and trend. I have to say that their milk tea base are quality and they are the first one to have the brown sugar milk tea as their front flavor but there’s nothing really special about it. Quality milk tea though.

9. Chatime – They have quite a lot of milk tea flavors but I feel like they all taste the same. Their basic milk teas are quality but nothing is really special here.

10. Gong Cha – Low tier. Sorry. Another hyped milk tea source only because they have a lot of branch and most bandwagons and starters start here. Their milk tea base feels like a blend of diluted tea and milk tea powder to me. It’s not a real tasting milk tea (idk how to explain it) but try to taste their basic milk tea (Milk Tea and Pearl Jelly) and compare it to Affinitea’s Premium Milk Tea or Macao’s Black Pearl Milk Tea, walang panama.

11. Moonleaf – Low tier again. Only made it to the top 11 because it’s branches are always around university belts. It’s drinks are just a so-so. Not too quality drinks but pwede na.

12. Zentea – Low tier. Just like moonleaf.

13. Serenitea – Shit tier. I thought it would at least serve drinks with quality milk tea bases like Chatime despite it’s boring variety of flavors but man, their teas taste weird. Sure it’s made of brewed tea leaves but it feels like all the bases are from Earl Grey milk tea plus their flavors are so weird, have you guys tried their Black Dragon? Kill me.

14. Infinitea – Shit tier. A lower class of Gong Cha. If Gong Cha milk tea bases feels like diluted milk tea + milk tea powder to me then Infinitea is purely milk tea powder. A lot says it’s good because they have a lot of branch and starters start here and call themselves milk tea lovers. Not legit milk tea. Sorry lol.

15. Happy Cup – Shit tier. Trashy powdered milk tea hyped by its celebrity owners. Sorry.

These are all my honest reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to comment down. If you have suggestions and violent reactions then ok sure, Jan.

For more info, check out my other blogs about my milk tea reviews and recommendations. Thank you! Mwa!

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: 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