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Drink Tea is a Taiwanese bubble tea brand. It is the only bubble tea brand selling roselle pearls in Singapore.
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unique and delicious bubble tea!
I am a bubble tea addict, and Drink Tea is my favourite bubble tea store in Singapore! Their pearls are a lovely pink because of added roselle extract, and not artificial colourings, I've been told! It is unique to Drink Tea and is cooked in honey, which gives it a more pleasant taste than typical black tapioca pearls.
There are a wide range of drinks available. My favourites include the plum jelly drink (slightly sour and very refreshing) and the hazelnut milk tea (a strong, fragrant hazelnut flavour, tastes better than that from Koi in my opinion). The relatively new range of soda drinks with ice cream are worth trying, too!
Don't forget to adjust the sugar levels whenever possible, or it may be too sweet! About 50% should be good for most
Pearl-fect Pink Pearls
I am a really big fan of bubble tea. What caught my attention from Drink Tea is the PINK ROSELLE PEARLS! Where can you find such pearls? It was so unique that I had to try it.
The first time I tried it was when the vendors came over to Meridian Junior College's open house. I saw the pink pearls and had the strong urge to try it. I bought the hazelnut milk tea with their standard 50% the vendors had. The hazelnut taste was really nice, not sweet (which is good), but strong and flavourful.
Now to the main attraction - literally, it is the pink roselle pearls! Definitely an interesting alternative to the normal black pearls we always see. In fact, not only is there colour difference but the pearls taste different too. It is really chewy, the pearl-fect texture of how pearls should optimally taste. It tastes less sweet than normal pearls, there is also a floral kind of aroma in the pearls. It is really unique and definitely worth the price!
So sad the remaining branches are so far from my house *Sobs*.
As a bubble tea addict, I have bought bubble tea from many different places and I must say that this is one of my favourite.
My standard order: Roast Milk Tea
I've tried the other flavours and found them to be relatively similar to the rest like Gong Cha (my favourite). However, Roast Milk Tea is unique to them, and I have yet to find one better than the one Drink Tea offers.
One can expect to be surprised by the strong smoky flavour that comes with every sip of the 'normal' milk tea - something that I really love about this drink. You can literally taste the 'roast'!
On an occasion when I visited the outlet in NEX, it was apparently 'no pearls day' so customers could choose any other topping for free. It was an interesting concept which I really loved, for I got to pick the more expensive options at no additional cost on my own.
I must say, the milk custard is really quite delicious. It combines the texture of the standard pudding but adds this sweet milky taste to it - if I were to compare it to something in the market, it'll be the White Rabbit Creamy Candy. A nostalgic taste in this new addition to the toppings.
The downside of Drink Tea will be the waiting time and the customer service. Many of the staff look disinterested when taking orders and take some time to make the drink even though there was no one before me.
Bad service, delicious milk tea
I was first brought to the Bedok branch by a friend urging me to try the milk tea there. He ordered Oolong milk tea for us both.
The milk tea there tasted significantly different from any other run-of-the-mill, a-dime-a-dozen bubble tea place. The taste was comparable to chains like KOI or Gong Cha. I especially liked the cute little pink roselle pearls. They were a refreshing change from the ordinary black pearls.
However, the service was rather slow, and the store attendants weren’t exactly friendly. In fact, they ignored our orders several times and were rather impolite.
The milk tea there is certainly worth a try though.
Only the pearls was special
The Roselle pearls was the thing that attracted my attention at Jurong East outlet when I tried it a couple of months ago. I ordered a normal red/black tea with the pearls as I felt that black tea was the most basic tea variant. If the basics are good, the rest would be too. They had many different variants there but I did not tried them out anymore. The reason is that the first time was also my last time as I did not find the drink nice.
I find the taste of the tea very bland and I was not sure what I was drinking whether it was black tea or just coloured water. The only thing unique is their pearls which was crunchy but otherwise nothing special. It does stand out from the competition from being the only stall that offers pink pearls since all other offer black pearls. But hey, the tea was supposed to be the bulk of the price not the pearls? I felt that more effort should have been made into making sure the tea was up to standard.
That was the only time I bought from them.
Small is literally small...
When I first bought a bubble tea from Drink Tea, I thought, hmm, the prices are similar to Gong Cha and KOI. It was my first time, so I asked for a small cup of pudding milk tea, to compare with Gong Cha.
To my surprise, I was paying $2 odd for a really small cup. At the outlet I was at, they only had the cup sizes for medium and large on display, so I assumed that the smallest cup on display was their small one. Not sure if they have it on display now, but I kind of felt cheated because it was so small.
Taste wise is nice though, comparable to Gong Cha (for the pudding milk tea, at least), but honestly, I would rather buy Gong Cha or KOI, because it is more value for money. But I guess if I were to buy bubble tea from here next time, I'll get the medium or large. After all, I think that they have flavours that Gong Cha or KOI do not offer, so would probably give them a try next time...
Drink Tea sure lives up to its name – their drinks are derived from freshly brewed tea in metal canisters. In other words, another store which follows the “Gong Cha” concept. Price wise, I would say that Drink Tea is just a tad cheaper than Gong Cha; not much of a difference, but nevertheless still cheaper.
I remember Drink Tea having a 1-for-1 promotion during weekdays – extremely worth it.
I would recommend Drink Tea over Gong Cha anytime. To me, the drinks from both stores taste the same – equally refreshing and thirst quenching, but Drink Tea’s is still slightly cheaper than Gong Cha; so why not save a few cents and go to Drink Tea?
However, Drink Tea’s service is not exactly commendable. Average, can-do service is presented, but do not expect much. I was there during a non-peak period; thus the service crew were chit chatting but they were entirely oblivious to my presence. One of them even glanced at me and ignored me!
To sum it all up, Drink Tea is just another bubble tea franchise trying to make money out of the bubble tea craze – nothing out of the ordinary. Of course, it is much healthier than other stores like Sweet Talk (whose drinks are made entirely out of sugar syrup), since their drinks are brewed from natural tea.
should have been more careful with the choice of sugar level.
So i brought home Drink tea's bubble tea today. Bought the Milk tea with free topping of Pudding at medium cup. I chose the level of 70% and I just carried it home.
Normally at Koi, I would buy my Milk tea with pearls at 70% level. If at Gong Cha, i would buy plum green tea at 80% level. I did the same for Drink Tea as well. Bad mistake. The milk tea is very sweet already and I should have ordered 50% instead.
Nonetheless, I love the pudding being bite size for my small mouth and I love the smooth texture of the tea itself.
Makes me feel like i'm making a healthier choice
I'm not sure if it's the way they've advertised themselves but I don't feel so indulgent and unhealthy when drinking Drink Tea! Perhaps it's because they use roselle pearls instead of the usual ones found in Koi and Gong Cha. Apparently these roselle pearls are healthier as they have health benefits and contain less fat than the usual pearls.
One good thing about them is that they offer three different cup sizes instead of the usual two. Here, you can choose between small, medium and large. Like Koi and Gong Cha, you can also choose your preferred sugar level and whether you want your bubble tea with or without ice. Although some might feel like having your tea without ice is more value for money, I've noticed that the drink does not taste quite as refreshing without the iciness. Perhaps that's something you might want to consider.
The flavours I recommend to try are the toast milk tea, the honey milk tea and if you'd like something different, you can try its honey camelia green tea. Be sure to order your tea with the roselle pearls (they come at no extra charge) as they definitely taste better than the usual pearls we're all so used to.
Love the Roselle Pearls!
The most significant special trait of Drink Tea would be their signature roselle pearls. I've heard mixed reactions about it but for me? I love it! It's chewy and complements the drink well and rumour has it that it's healthier than normal pearls. I'm not sure about that but they are known to have high contents of vitamin C.
I know that the price of their beverages is comparable to other bubble tea stores but one thing is you don't have to pay extra for the roselle pearls. Also there is wide range of creative mixes available, many individualistic.
My current favourite would be roast milk tea (with roselle pearls, of course!) as there is a hint of roasted aroma as you sip the smooth milk tea. Try it now!