On my personal Facebook page, I posted a question asking about Tiger Sugar. The question itself pointed at the long lines and, generally, how much sugar milk tea has. I asked if it was worth waiting for around 20 minutes (that’s how long the lines can get) to get a drink that probably not going to be beneficial to someone who is trying to cut down on his sugar intake. I also inquired if it was just the latest fad in the country.
Most people said that it wasn’t really worth it, especially based on the criteria I gave. That sort of clinched it for me but I was still curious why people were willing to waste precious minutes waiting for a sugary beverage that is, as one person who commented on my Facebook question, just “taho” (basically brown sugar syrup) mixed with milk. But, one day, I was just walking around Megamall and I noticed something. You could say it was a minor miracle. The Tiger Sugar stall had just 8 people in line! And since I was looking for something to write for this week’s I’ll Review Anything post, I became the 9th person in line.
I guess my impetuousness did get the better of me because, although I lined up, I never really bothered to check out the menu. I mean, I just knew Tiger Sugar was selling milk tea/milk drinks with little boba. What they actually sold and what was their most popular product, I had no real idea! So I sheepishly asked the lady at the counter to tell me what was the drink most people order. She promptly said it was the Brown Sugar Boba Milk with Cream Mousse. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? I didn’t bother repeating it because, well, I didn’t actually catch everything she said. I just said that I’ll have whatever she mentioned.
I have to comment on the service of Tiger Sugar. The lady at the counter was actually friendly but I did feel she was also rushing me. To be fair, the line was starting to pile up behind me and I really didn’t notice it. I do like that we’re shuttled to the side after ordering while we wait for our order, enabling the people at the counter to just concentrate on taking orders and not worry about serving people. It’s just much more efficient for everyone.
After waiting for a few minutes, I did get my Brown Sugar Boba Milk with Cream Mousse. I looked at it with dread somewhat. Remember when I mentioned that I have been trying to cut down on sweet stuff? Well, the Brown Sugar Boba Milk with Cream Mousse looked like it was swimming in sugary syrup! Also, I don’t know what a “cream mousse” is, but I couldn’t really see it in my glass.
One thing that the Tiger Sugar branch lacks, unfortunately, is a dedicated place where you can sit down and enjoy your order. I suppose they don’t really expect customers to do that and they expect them to walk around the mall while drinking. I would normally be doing that but, as this is a review and I like to write down notes and observations, I couldn’t exactly do that and give a real detailed review. Hey, this may be a blog that doesn’t make money or we just write here for fun but I take this seriously… somewhat. At least I like to pretend that this is serious business!
After some exploring, I did find a place where I could sit down, take out my notebook (yes, I still take notes on a piece of paper instead of my phone like a caveman), I took one more look at my Brown Sugar Boba Milk with Cream Mousse and it looked a whole lot different than when I got it. Most of the liquid brown sugar syrup have drifted to the bottom of the cup. Some were still clinging to the sides but most of them were now a puddle of goop way down the glass. I didn’t look unappealing in anyway but it wasn’t as visually pleasing as when I first got it. For those who are obsessed with posting the drink on social media, take that shot immediately once you get your order.
After shaking it more than the prerequisite 15 times as a lot of the sugar settled to the bottom of the cup, I plunged my straw through the plastic cover. I took a good, big swig of my Brown Sugar Boba Milk with Cream Mousse and I was surprised that it wasn’t the super sweet milk tea that I expected. The sweetness was actually pleasant but, overall, it did taste like sweetened milk but with just the right amount of sweetener added. Color me impressed! It also tasted silky and smooth. I’m not sure if I can attribute that to the cream mousse because, well, like I said, I don’t have a clue what cream mousse is supposed to be. But that is my best guess, anyway. Not like you’re going to notice it if you shake the cup really well as suggested, anyway.
I also slurped in a few boba with my initial swig. The boba was indeed chewy and fun to eat but, flavor-wise, nothing I haven’t had before. I do like that they don’t stick together like “cheaper” boba milk teas. After closer inspection, I did notice that the sizes of the boba were somewhat inconsistent. Some were just large enough to go through the straw while others were teeny tiny and those would easily get stuck inside the little ice cubes.
Actually, this is my biggest complaint. The ice cubes have little divots in them, essentially becoming traps for the boba. This, in turn, makes it difficult to get all the boba as you have to really dig into them or shake the glass a lot in the hopes of dislodging them from those tiny ice caves. It may not be a huge issue but, if you’re like me and you want to get every bit of boba, it’s terrible annoying.
I do have to return to my original Facebook question: Is it worth the long wait and the possible health issues from drinking a Tiger Sugar beverage, specifically, the Brown Sugar Boba Milk with Cream Mousse? For me, not really. I do see why Tiger Sugar has a lot of people falling in line but it’s just not for me. I do suggest not dismissing it just as a fad that people want to get into and, if you do see a branch that doesn’t have an absurdly long line, try one of their drinks. I personally think it’s good but it’s not something I’m going to be lining up for.
Have you tried Tiger Sugar’s Brown Sugar Boba Milk with Cream Mousse? What about other Tiger Sugar products? Let me know in the comments section below!