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BBT Is Life

BBT Is Life

Featuring Kakuida's, HOLLIN (Suntec City), HEYTEA (ION Orchard), Tiger Sugar (Chinatown Point), Gong Cha (Takashimaya), Tea Tree Cafe (Fusionopolis)
Melissa Chee
Melissa Chee
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Changed up the foam order a little with taro milk foam. This was actually really good! The taste of taro is quite subtle but it’s pleasant and complements the foam and light black tea really well. 30% was also a good sugar level for this as without any sugar the aftertaste of the black tea might overwhelm the rest of the drink. This drink be a good foam beverage alternative for those who don’t like cheesy tastes!

Ordered this when we were unfortunately informed that the Salted Egg and Durian flavours were unavailable today.

The soft serve is pretty light in taste - I’m not sure if it’s supposed to taste like milk tea or something, but its taste is overpowered by the brown sugar pearls. The soft serve was a little too soft and melted too quickly for my liking though, so this cup needs to be finished pronto! Surprisingly the ice cream wasn’t too sweet despite the brown sugar, and I really enjoyed the boba which were a good balance of soft and chewy. If some strong tea flavours could be infused into the soft serve, this would be a great cup of bubble tea in ice cream form.

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A quick stab in the dark for a green tea-based drink when we reached the front of the queue before having a good look at the menu.

We got this with 25% sugar and it was so tasteless. The green tea is light, and the ice just dilutes it even further. Didn’t enjoy this.

I don’t like the fancy names at HEYTEA as it makes it so complicated to know what you’re actually ordering, but maybe that’s just me.

This seems to be an unpopular opinion among my friends, but I really enjoy the cheese foams on bubble tea so it was a no brainier to order a cheezo tea at HEYTEA.

Despite the queue, it moves very quickly, we barely had time to skim and take in the menu when the queue of 5 people ahead of us quickly moved along. With the pressure to order quickly, I pointed to one of the recommended items on the menu - the Cheezo King Fone and opted for 25% sugar.

The wait for collection is slightly longer, but it moves relatively quickly. I still have no idea what the King Fone tea is but it pairs very nicely with the cheese foam! The slightly bitter taste of tea, sweetness from the sugar, and the savoury taste of the cheese foam come together really well. I’ll be back to try the other ice cream flavours and cheezo BBT!

Originally ordered this because it was on the GrabFood $1 tea time deals. Sugar level is preset to 50% and there are no pearls in the drink, which is totally fine with me.

Actually legitimately very impressed with the milk tea at Tea Tree Cafe. The tea aroma was quite strong, and the roasted undertones were super delicious. Milk ratio to tea was good. $1 with no delivery charge is practically a steal! Might buy their bubble tea with less sugar if I pass by a cafe in the future :)

I’ve tried ordering from Tiger Sugar at Chinatown Point multiple times around 8.30-9pm and they’re usually sold out of boba and small pearls - never ordered because the pearls are like 90% of the drink right?! Today, the large pearls were out of stock but there were still small pearls available so we just ordered anyway.

The cashier was patient and recommended the cream mousse - saying it’s really really nice. There wasn’t much of a queue while ordering, and we only had 3 people waiting ahead of us for their orders so we had our cup in less than 10 minutes in all. It’s a nicely presented beverage - with the brown sugar coating the cup, it really looks like a tiger’s stripes! We were instructed to shake at least 15 times before drinking, but even after 15 shakes there was still some residual brown sugar coating the cup.

Now this was a really creamy, milky and smooth beverage. To my surprise, it wasn’t as sweet as I expected given the amount of brown sugar there was inside. The small pearls were also perfect for chewing on as and when you wished to, because they were also small enough just to swallow if you’re too lazy to chew 🤣 Their texture was impeccable, very well cooked and bouncy. Overall we really liked Tiger Sugar’s Brown Sugar Pearl Milk, and wouldn’t mind buying it again, but we wouldn’t queue for it.

Flavour of the tea was quite weak, not much oomph in it. Could neither detect much of the oolong leaves nor any roasted taste. Felt like we were drinking extremely watered down tea.

At least the highlight of this drink was supposed to be the Kurozu konyaku. Kurozu is actually black vinegar, and Kakuida’s version has been aged for 3 years and infused with real fruit extracts. I didn’t actually know this prior to drinking the tea, so I had an interesting sensory experience when I first sucked up the jelly bits! The jelly was vinegary and sour, but also had fruity sweetness to it. Very nice, and went well with the tea. The beverage was unique, super refreshing and I enjoyed every sip of it. Perfect to cool off on a hot day ✌🏻

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Ordered two sets of donut with straight tea using Burpple Beyond and our bill came up to $6.40. On its own, the Tie Guan Yin with Kurozu Konyakku costs $3.90.

I ordered the tea with 30% sugar. The tea is pretty fragrant, and 30% is good enough to mask any bitterness from the tea without being too sweet. What’s special about the tea here is the kurozu konyakku. Kurozu is actually black vinegar, and Kakuida’s version has been aged for 3 years and infused with real fruit extracts. I didn’t actually know this prior to drinking the tea, so I had an interesting sensory experience when I first sucked up the jelly bits! The jelly was vinegary and sour, but also had fruity sweetness to it. Very nice, and went well with the tea. The beverage was unique, super refreshing and I enjoyed every sip of it. Perfect to cool off on a hot day ✌🏻

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Another drink that we ordered a second time, the cocoa latte with 0% sugar and rock salt pearls (Sunday flavour) and thankfully, it was good both rounds unlike the matcha latte.

This is one of the crowd favourites according to the staff, but I doubt many people order it with 0% sugar. I did find it a good balance with 0% sugar as the cocoa (unlike matcha) has a slight natural sweetness to it so it doesn’t feel like you’re drinking a bitter cocoa drink. The latte milk also evens out any residual bitterness and leaves you with a smooth and chocolatey beverage to sip on. The pearls might also have helped with the sweetness but what I liked most about them was the unique salt flavour that surprisingly complemented the bittersweet cocoa latte well.

Would order this again at HOLLIN for sure :)

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Second time ordering the matcha latte with 0% sugar at HOLLIN, and unfortunately the standard is quite inconsistent between both orders. While the first time we ordered the matcha latte was a pleasant experience, this time we were served a diluted and milky drink. Despite the promising deep green colour of the beverage, the matcha taste was barely detectable.

Service has always been good at HOLLIN though, so I wouldn’t mind going back again especially with the Burpple Beyond deals. Just keeping my fingers crossed that their standards stay consistent with our first visit.

I had the HOLLIN Black Tea Rock Salt Macchiato with Rock Salt Pearls (Sunday flavour) at 25% sugar (Regular size $3.20 + pearls $0.70). This is one of their signature drinks, and was what the staff recommended. It is indeed a good recommendation!

The staff also recommended not to mix this drink, but to drink the macchiato milk out of the sipping hole, and using the straw to drink the black tea and pearls below. I love the salty macchiato milk on top, which is a HOLLIN exclusive that has rock salt. Sipping half a mouthful of the milk, and then gulping it down with the black tea was super delicious! It wasn’t too cloyingly sweet. Personally I don’t like my bubble tea that sweet, so 25% was a good balance for me but I am also tempted to try 0% the next time around. HOLLIN’s white pearls are just the right amount of chewy, and the rock salt flavour is really nice in my opinion! I have yet to try the matcha flavour but it’s hard to make a trip down on weekdays :( in all, I actually prefer HOLLIN over LiHo and Gongcha and this is a flavour I would order again!

Always biding my time to my next meal. Everything in between just serves to kill time.

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