Shih Chen Foods Co., Ltd. Taiwan

Recent Tasting Notes

81

Okay, I know I’ve been on a tea buying hiatus, but as soon as I found a decent boba place in Boston, I moved all the way across the river from it. These sticky humid days have really made me crave a nice cold milk tea, so I caved and bought a box of these at an Asian supermarket. It’s not a perfect substitute for my beloved California boba, but this milk tea will do the trick well enough. I will say, though, that the black tea base can be overwhelmed by the added sweeteners, so if you’re looking for a tea that really stands up for itself, this is not your cuppa. If you love milk tea/boba/bubble tea/etc, this tea will do just fine when you’re in a boba desert.

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I was a bit skeptical about this tea at first. The mix of Tea and coffee sounded weird. But I have to say this was quite nice! It tasty roasty with a good mix of cream and sugar. Definitely a must try for coffee drinkers.

I would buy this again.

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72

Thanks to Hapatite for the sample. I’m really digging these teas. I like the creamy texture. I may pick some if these up on Amazon. I liked the original flavor best so far.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
hapatite

They have these at Asian groceries (I’ve only had luck with Chinese ones like Great Wall or Kam Sam), but I always stock up!

Sarsonator

Oh reeeeallly? I’ll bet I could find them here at our Asia Mall. They have the best Asian Grocery around… it’s actually more like a supermarket. I love it there.

I will look when I go. Thanks for the heads up!

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71

Thanks to hapatite for this sample! I really liked this one! I made the original for my BF this AM, and the roasted for me. I liked the original a little better, but both are good.

If you’re into milky sweet tea, this would be an excellent portable tea. It’s smooth and pleasant.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
hapatite

I don’t follow the steeping instructions on the bag — I usually do 10-12oz since the tea is quite concentrated.

Sarsonator

I never even heard of these bags before. Thanks for sharing!

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I’m not the biggest fan of rose in tea, but I’m absolutely in love with this. My newest tea cupboard staple.

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81

A sad sipdown. I finished off the last of these tea bags today. I depended on it for my quick fix when I couldn’t get good boba, but now it’s all gone. I received this box from a friend, so I don’t know where to get it and I’m feeling kinda too lazy to hunt it down. Maybe when it gets colder I will be more motivated to look. Farewell for now, I enjoyed it while it lasted.

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81

Ok, so I lowered my rating of this tea just a little because the sweetener in the tea leaves a bit of a sticky sugary aftertaste in my mouth (like after you’ve had some really sweet chocolate). This being said, it really hit the spot. I tried yet another milk tea/boba place in Boston that disappointed, so I had to remedy the situation today with this stand-in. Some people may think it’s too sweet, but my sweet tooth really enjoyed it on this cold, windy day.

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74

I don’t taste any rose, but I do taste the fruit… whatever fruit it may be. This isn’t a powdered mix, but rather a teabag with milk powder inside. I’m not sure if the fruit flavor comes from the milk powder or the tea. It is a little weak even if steeped for 5 minutes, so either use a small cup or two teabags. I like to add condensed milk or whole milk to make it richer.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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81

My friends know that it’s no secret that I love myself milk tea/boba. When I moved from an area where I could find at least 3 places to get boba within one block to an area where I can barely find good boba in the city, I was crushed. One of my generous friends sent me a little milk tea/boba care package that included this tea to satisfy my cravings. And I gotta say, I love this tea! Definitely very sweet and creamy, not bitter at all. I love it hot, I love it cold. It’s not as strong as other milk teas that I’ve had, but I’m pretty happy with it!

PS I posted the pic for this tea and it somehow came out sideways.. Sorry about that, not sure how to fix it.

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100

Tastes delicate and classy, especially when hot.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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