How does the earthy taste of oolong tea pair with fruity flavors?
Starbucks always has the most unique drinks, and wherever we go, we can’t help but want to try everything they have to offer. That’s why our Taiwan-based reporter Yui Imai was thrilled to see that Starbucks Taiwan is already diving headfirst into the summer with a new fruity tea drink: Strawberry Mango Oolong Tea.
With a combination of oolong tea, strawberry jam and mango jelly cubes, the resulting product has a lovely cloudy red-orange gradient, and of course, is topped with fluffy whipped cream. But does the crisp, earthy taste of oolong tea pair well with something like strawberry jam? And if so… what is the result? A super sweet drink? Something more refreshing?
Yui couldn’t help but wonder, so as soon as she had the chance, she stopped at a Starbucks and ordered it.
The drink certainly looked refreshing. The strawberry jam on the bottom, mixed with the mango jelly, makes very nice color transition when the oolong tea was poured. Orange and red made one think of a image of a beautiful warm summer day. The pure white whipped cream, contrasting with the orange, looked like a cloud in a sunset sky. It was so pretty!
Since Starbucks Taiwan’s previous limited-edition drinks have never disappointed, she couldn’t help but be thrilled to try it.
With just one sip, the crisp flavor of oolong tea and the fruity sweetness of strawberry jam burst into Yui’s mouth. Yui would never have expected such a combination to be so compatible. When blended well, the refreshing loam of oolong tea and the sweetness of fruit flavors thwarted each other in the perfect way.
The mango jelly, with its soft and fluffy cloudy texture, added great emphasis on drink. The jelly is made with mango juice, and the result was a sticky, sweet flavor that also complements oolong tea really well.
The drink is available in three sizes: Tall for 125 yuan (about 538 yen/4.27 USD), Large for 140 yuan (602 yen) and Venti for 155 yuan (667 yen). Yui ordered the Large size, which has 210 calories. Compared to many other Starbucks drinks of this size, it’s pretty low, so Yui was pretty happy.
Overall, with a slight sweetness and a crisp refreshing flavor, this seasonal drink is perfect when the hot weather starts to set in, as is currently the case in Taiwan. It’s a Taiwanese-only drink available for the summer, so if you’re lucky enough to visit Taiwan this summer, Yui highly recommends it.
By the way, Starbucks Taiwan also accepts EasyCard as a method of payment, so if you picked up this lovely EasyCard Sailor Moon Moon Stick that was released earlier this year, you can use it to pay for Strawberry Oolong Tea and the mango !
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