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This milk tea was in the mini-fridge in my hotel room, which I’ve never had problems with before, but this one must have gotten too close to the freezer box because it was frozen almost completely when I took it out for lunch today. I love a good taro milk tea slush, but trying to drink it out of a bottle is impossible! It’s slowly thawing, so I’m now getting a nice mix of slush and liquid, but I kinda just want to drink it, heh. I guess it’s delayed gratification for my last taro milk tea!

Indigobloom

Have fun on the rest of your trip!! sorry your last tea didn’t work out :(

Angrboda

I’m still childishly amused by the name of this company. :D

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This is the fourth and final flavor of bottled milk tea from Wahaha. I’ve had it once before but didn’t review it then. As far as I can tell this isn’t a jasmine green milk tea, but rather a black milk tea with added jasmine flavor.

The jasmine is distinct but not overwhelming here, like most of the other flavors I’ve tried. It even tastes a bit “green” in spite of itself. It’s a kind of fresh jasmine flavor that I’ve encountered a lot in jasmine greens here in China, which is to say it’s slightly different from jasmine greens I’ve had in the States in a way I can’t really describe. It is very tasty, though. I can’t say I’d grab this one over the plain or osmanthus flavors, but I like them all about the same (but not the taro, of course. Taro wins everything).

TeaBrat

I just like saying “wahaha”

Dinosara

So do I!

DaisyChubb

Reminds me of Wario or Waluigi. mmm you have me craving taro over here, even with this review!

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91

Oh taro milk tea, you really are the best. In all the grocery stores I’ve been to around Beijing, I’ve only ever found it in the one inside Xidan Joy City, a big mall. I go past it on occasion, but not very often. Thus I haven’t had this in a while and I forgot how delicious it is. I wish taro was more common as a flavoring in the states!

MegWesley

What does taro taste like?

Dinosara

I always think of it as a little almondy, but not suuuper almondy. Haha, it’s hard to describe. Once I identify something as a particular taste it’s hard for me to break it down in terms others might understand.

MegWesley

That is interesting. In my bubble tea search last night I found places that sell taro powder to use as flavoring for it. I might have to put it on my list of tea stuff to try.

Dinosara

That taro powder is pretty much exactly the flavor of taro milk teas. I have a box of it at home and I love it!

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Ok Steepsterites, I finally made a trip yesterday to the Maliandao tea street! I wrote up a very long report over in my “Beijing Tea Travel” post on the discussion boards.

So why am I not drinking one of my new teas or at least using one of my new teawares? Well, I spent all day outside today and I am sunburned and I wanted a cold tea. So I grabbed this one out of my fridge. I bought this one recently because I do love floral things even though I’ve never really been head over heals for osmanthus. I find it to be a pretty subtle floral. That is the case with this tea, as well, which tastes mostly like the original flavor but then there is a light floral note. It’s rather pleasant, actually, though if I’m not paying attention I could almost miss it. But I often find that that’s osmanthus for you! At least it is for me.

Indigobloom

Osmanthus is very hit or miss for me as well! so far the only one I like is from Ten Rens. Ahhh, so exciting that you went tea shopping!!

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drank U-Yo Milk Tea by Wahaha
1850 tasting notes

I had a bottle of this once before but didn’t get around to writing a note for it then. This is the “original flavor” milk tea, that is, basically unflavored. I remembered that the last time I was in China on a trip (2004), almost all of our bottled water was from this company, Wahaha, and it said that on the bottle in letters (not just Chinese characters). I will always remember one of our Chinese colleagues one time saying “Wahaha… the sound of children laughing.” Oh, Wahaha, you take me back.

Anyway, I enjoy this milk tea a lot. Not quite as much as the taro but not much beats taro. Actually there is a flavor to this that is similar to the taro (not surprising, since that one should have the same base as this), but I had thought that it was not just black tea, milk and sugar. Either the milk is slightly flavored with something else or the black tea is really tasty. I will never know! Oh well, I can definitely say I will miss this when I leave China. But it’s probably good, because I would probably gain 500lbs drinking this sugary rich drink all the time. :D

Jillian

I don’t know about ‘children’ laughing – the name sounds more like an evil supervillan laughing over his plans for world domination. ;D

I’ve never actually had authentic milk tea – what all is supposed to be in it?

Dinosara

You know I don’t really know exactly, but it’s definitely very sweet, so perhaps something like sweetened condensed milk mixed with a black tea.

Spoonvonstup

Wahaha happy baby drink!!! That is some good stuff. As you say, both sad and glad it’s not available here.

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I discovered this bottled milk tea at the grocery store in Xidan Joy City the other day and snapped it up… I love love taro flavored anything, and especially taro milk tea which I usually get as a bubble tea. Maybe I’m overreacting but I am so in love with this bottled milk tea right now. I will be very sad when I can never get it back in the States. It’s milky and taro-y (which I always associate as kind of an almond flavor, but not quite), and the black tea (apparently a blend of Yunnan and Keemun) peeks through a little. I mean it’s not much but for me the star of the show is the taro so I don’t care. I have a bottle of regular flavor in my fridge so we’ll see how that goes, plus I found out that the green bottle is apparently jasmine so I am super excited to try that one too. When it comes to milk tea I am a girl obsessed, though I am sad to find that rose milk tea is not as prevalent around here as I had hoped (or at least, I haven’t found it yet).

At this point my sickness/allergies/reaction to pollution symptoms come in predictable waves… I have horrible coughing fits in the morning when I wake up, the middle of the day I often feel pretty good, and then night comes and my nasal passages close up completely and I feel generally like crap. Today I spent all day outside but a little ways outside the main part of the city, so hopefully the air was better there. Although I did pretty much confirm that the flowering trees are pretty much the only thing on the planet that I’m allergic to. Remind me to avoid Beijing in spring in the furture!

Indigobloom

ahhh! I loooove taro!!! so yummy. In fact, I had a taro bubbletea (my friends and I pm it as “bbt”) the other day. So good :P

Mercuryhime

I love sweet taro flavors as well. If you live by any Asian or Hispanic markets in the US, they usually have taro and you can make your own taro whatever. I particularly love the Chinese sweet coconut taro soup my grandma would make on occasion. It’s so simple. See this link:
http://userealbutter.com/2011/02/03/chinese-taro-tapioca-soup-recipe/

Also, Beijing air is terrible. I went several weeks before the Olympics so they had shut down the factories and restricted the use of vehicles for quite a while already, and still I developed this cough. Ugh. I totally understand why people are constantly coughing and hacking up phlegm right on the streets.

Dinosara

Awesome, thanks for the recipe Mercuryhime! My local grocery store in NY has taro root (it trends toward hispanic).

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