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Dazzling Beverages

Dazzling Beverages

On the hunt for some spectacular thirst quenchers...
Vanessa Kou
Vanessa Kou

Settling for an odd pairing as they were out of Chrysanthemum Pearls by the late evening; thus my first cup from Playmade was their Chrysanthemum Milk Tea with Black Sesame Pearls. On the sweeter end with a strong floral aroma, the tea at 50% sugar level was smooth and not too milky. The black bobas were chewy and quite distinct in flavour. Love the subtle nuttiness and earthy notes. Hence, while they didn’t necessarily match, the individual elements were pretty good.

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As always it’s just too much Monday and not enough coffee but with Hook Coffee’s drip bags, brewing your morning potion can’t get any easier. Simply tear the top of the bag, hook the handles over the edge of your cup and pour hot water right into the aromatic grounded beans. And with their limited edition National Day blend, you can savour a slight hint of biscuits in your cuppa joe. Subtly sweet with low acidity, the Singablend ($14/ 10 drip bags) is suitable to pair with light pastries in my opinion as it features a delicate yet creamy mouthfeel. Roasting for 4 weeks only, the upcoming roast is on September 8 and on each bag there is an illustration by super talented fellow Singaporean, Shawn See!

Of course, Hook Coffee have a wide array of other unique and delectable flavours and is also available in various packaging - whole beans, ground coffee, Nespresso compatible pods. Check them out at www.hookcoffee.com.sg and consider taking up their coffee subscription service so that you can greet everyday with a quality blend.

Thanks @hook_coffee for sending this over!

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Though the price is quite steep at $5.20/medium and $6.50/large, Jenjudan’s Brown Sugar Boba Milk ranks pretty high on my list. Warm, fragrant and not overly sweet, the signature concoction was on the lighter side and nicely balanced in my opinion. Served with chilled fresh milk, the brown sugar bobas were also more soft than chewy, which is how I prefer them to be.

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If you prefer rich flavours, Tiger Sugar's signature Brown Sugar Boba + Pearl with Cream Mousse is just the thing. Almost frothy in consistency, the bold mix of the mousse was a little jelat for me but I can certainly understand the hype as the cream was pretty fragrant. The pearls and boba were also distinct in sweetness and had a nice texture (chewy and soft).

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At a promotional price of $5 till tomorrow, Yifang’s newly launched Taro Latte and Taro Green Tea Latte ($5.70) comes with no added flavourings - no eye-catching purple hues here. Loaded with chunky mashed taro and fresh milk, both are available in medium size only as a large would be really heavy and filling. Fragrant and mildly sweet, every sip was a delight as you get bits of taro and smooth milk. Best of all, their rendition is a little frothy with their added cream which really enhanced the texture. And between the two, the Taro Green Tea Latte has that extra oomph from the aromatic tea flavour. Though, the refreshing touch does overpower the light earthiness of the taro towards the end. Recommended with no pearls or topping, the cups were essentially well-balanced, not too starchy and something I would go back for.

Thank you @yifangtea.sg for the warm hospitality!

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Many shops selling milk and fruit teas are popping up across the island, but YiFang Tea (一芳台灣水果茶) sets themselves apart with their aesthetics and customizable ice level in my opinion. Serving a variety of no-frills thirst quenchers, the popular Taiwanese franchise located at Orchard Gateway, is ideal for fruit lovers. Having the signature Yifang Fruit Tea sugar-free with less ice ($6.50/Large), the sweet-tangy medley of tropical fruits was certainly refreshing and great for the hot weather we are currently experiencing. And if that is not your thing, the Brown Sugar Pearl Black Tea Latte ($6.30/Large) was sufficiently good albeit on the sweeter side and weak on tea fragrance. I particularly enjoyed the soft and moderately chewy pearls that held a strong caramel-like note.

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A cup of Wicked - Signature Mint Mocha, to start the week.

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Riding on the persistent salted egg craze, the newest addition to Liho's Brown Sugar Pearl series is none other than their Golden Lava Brown Sugar Pearl Fresh Milk ($4.90/M, $5.90/L). Exactly like those enveloped in a fluffy soft custard bun, the thick and warm lava was more sweet than savoury. Balanced with a creamy flush of cold fresh milk and chewy slow-cooked brown sugar pearls, the taste was not bad though the overall textural combination was intriguing to say the least. A confusing blend, the salted egg lava and milk couldn’t completely mix, leaving slight salty lumps in the cup. But I can certainly see, salted egg fans enjoying it.

And for those like me who want to keep it safe, get your hands on the latest Salted Caramel Lava Brown Sugar Pearl Fresh Milk ($3.90/M, $4.90/L), which was launched just yesterday at 15 exclusive outlets.

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Delighting us with 3 new flavours, Liho’s exisiting Brown Sugar Pearl Series sees the addition of Brown Sugar Pearl Fresh Milk Matcha, Avocado and Chocolate!

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Be it sipping straight from the straw or after some good shaking, LiHo's latest Brown Sugar Pearl series offers sweet satisfaction with their slow-cooked brown sugar pearls. Infusing them with a distinct caramel flavour and fragrance, the chewy warm tapioca pearls is balanced with the creamy flush of cold fresh milk so you get that lovely hot and cold contrast.

Launched during the Michelin Guide Street Food Festival in April, the upgraded version of the Brown Sugar Pearl Fresh Milk, Brown Sugar Pearls Fresh Milk Party was also well-received and comes very much like a dessert in a cup. Topped with peanuts, oreo cookie crumbs, caramelized biscuit and creamy cheese foam; the layered treat had a nice depth and great textures which really enhanced the chewiness of their signature pearls.

And with plans to expand the series next month in June, keep your eyes peeled for new intriguing pairings of their warm chewy pearls.

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Giving the start of the long weekend a chocolatey boost with Curious Palette's Sea Salt Chocolate - a smooth concoction layered with bright citrusy noted and hints of salt.

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Hot Chocolate is a must for me every Christmas and who doesn't like to curl up with a warm cuppa of cocoa! Hence, being one of the best that I had of late, The Glasshouse’s Single-origin Chocolate was utterly delightful. I am no hardcore chocolatier but expect a well-rounded cup with the perfect balance of milk and lingering bittersweet chocolate finish. Not overly thick like drinkable chocolate, the concoction was also pretty decadent on its own with the unique, unmistakable aroma of cocoa.

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