The Whale Tea’s offerings are Instagram-worthy, but are they worth the calories?

Here’s our verdict.

The Whale Tea’s offerings are Instagram-worthy, but are they worth the calories?
The Whale Tea’s offerings are Instagram-worthy, but are they worth the calories?
26 Nov 2019

The Whale Tea’s offerings are Instagram-worthy, but are they worth the calories?

These days, it’s hard to keep track of all the bubble tea stores popping up across the island. Even so, our ears perked up when we heard of The Whale Tea, which hails from Nanjing, China, coming to our little red dot. As one of the trendiest beverage and dessert chains in the mainland, they’ve opened over 500 stores there in a little over a year.

It’s not hard to see why they are so popular - their creations are clearly catered to the camera trigger-happy bunch, as the beautiful colours pop on almost every single item. But do they taste as good as they look? We drank ourselves silly at their flagship store at China Square Central to bring you this review. Unfortunately, the brand’s soufflé series isn’t available at the outlet, so we’ll have to pop by its City Square Mall one day to try it out.

Read on for more.

The Whale Tea is located at Lot One Shoppers’ Mall, #B1-25, City Square Mall #B2-K7 and China Square Central #01-118. Outlets at Lot One and City Square are open daily from 10am to 10pm, and the outlet at China Square Central is open 10.30am to 8.30pm on weekdays and 10.30am to 6.30pm on Saturday.

Worth both the ‘gram and the calories
Worth both the ‘gram and the calories
26 Nov 2019

Worth both the ‘gram and the calories

Strawberry Smoothie ($5.80)

This was hands down our favourite drink of the day. Made with fresh strawberries, strawberry sauce, coconut jelly and topped with a whale-shaped mascarpone cream mousse, we couldn’t help but to squeal over how cute the little whale was.

Taste-wise, the strawberries were sweet with a tinge of sourness - just like real strawberries. We finished the entire cup in under five minutes. One word of caution, however. This drink takes a little longer to prepare - but good things are worth the wait.

Wuliangye Ice Cream (S$4.80)

The gold powder is a nice touch on the dark ice cream, but how ‘grammable the final product is depends on how the staff member prepares it. This milk chocolate soft serve with wuliangye wine only has a hint of alcohol, but we’re not complaining because their milk chocolate definitely hits the spot.

Worth both the ‘gram and the calories
Worth both the ‘gram and the calories
26 Nov 2019

Worth both the ‘gram and the calories

Passionfruit Lava (S$5.30)

Made with fresh passionfruit and kumquat juice, peach gum, lime and watermelon slices, this drink is a great thirst-quencher for Singapore’s weather. The generous amount of ingredients means that you’ll be in for a surprise with every slurp, and the variety of textures keeps things interesting too.

All of The Whale Tea’s fruit teas are made with Four Seasons Oolong Teas, and the milder teas with a subtle floral fragrance compliment this range of drinks.

Blue Whale Milk Tea (S$4.50)

The simple concoction of blue crystals and milk tea was another favourite. All their milk teas are made with black tea leaves, which give the drinks a richer taste that hits the spot. The chewy toppings are made with aiyu jelly and are also easier to chew on than pearls, which people regularly pair with milk teas.

Worth the ‘gram but not quite the calories
Worth the ‘gram but not quite the calories
26 Nov 2019

Worth the ‘gram but not quite the calories

Electric Sea Salt Ice Cream (S$4.50)

Despite its name, the sea salt soft is not as salty and "electrifying" as we expected. In fact, it got a bit jelak after a while. The pretty blue hue and rainbow popping candy topping keep things interesting, but by the time we got to the end of the treat, the candy was a tad soggy. We’d definitely opt for the wuliangye ice cream if given a choice.

Volcanic Sapphire Whale (S$4.50)

We had sky-high expectations for this drink as it’s oh-so-pretty, but ended up feeling like we were drinking a cup of coconut milk instead. The spirulina (a seaweed-based superfood) and peach gum (a natural resin from wild Chinese peach trees) were overwhelmed by the taste of coconut milk. 

Not quite ‘gram worthy but definitely worth the calories
Not quite ‘gram worthy but definitely worth the calories
26 Nov 2019

Not quite ‘gram worthy but definitely worth the calories

Cucumber Chia Seed Milk (S$4.80)

Green and drinks might not be the prettiest combination, but this might just be one way to get your kids to eat their vegetables. The concoction of Japanese cucumbers, fresh milk and chia seeds made us think that we’re doing our bodies a favour. If you’re watching your health but can’t do without bubble tea, this might be the drink for you.

Flaming Brown Sugar (S$6.80)

With a name like this, you would be forgiven for thinking you are getting a flambe drink. In reality, the brown sugar bubble tea is just likely torched, and there is no caramelised crust too. That said, the aroma and taste of the brown sugar, which is specially sourced from the mainland, more than make up for it.

Not quite ‘gram worthy and definitely not worth the calories
Not quite ‘gram worthy and definitely not worth the calories
26 Nov 2019

Not quite ‘gram worthy and definitely not worth the calories

Brown Sugar Boba Crush (S$4.80)

We’re sorry to say but this ice blended concoction looks - and tastes - like something we’d expect to find at a heartland bubble tea startup rather than a well-established brand. Visually, we were confused as to what it is. We felt like we were eating bits of crushed ice rather than the brown sugar boba, brown sugar crystal ball, brown sugar and milk which were supposed to be in the drink.

When we finally got to the boba, it was so hard that we gave up after a few chews. We definitely prefer our pearls soft and chewy. Skip.


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