What Does Bubble Tea Taste Like?

The taste of bubble tea varies between each boba or bubble tea flavor. Just like how different types of coffee have different flavors and distinct profiles (for example lattes vs iced coffees), bubble tea has the same. Each bubble tea flavor is unique in its own way. With more and more unique flavors coming out from modern boba cafes, you can expect more memorable flavors than ever before! We’re talking about strawberry matcha blends or even horchata inspired boba. 

When bubble tea was first introduced in the states and western culture, there weren’t that many flavors. You’d generally find the so called classic boba flavors such as Thai milk tea, taro milk tea, black milk tea and coffee milk tea. These classics are still really great today, since many modern bubble tea cafes make their bubble tea with all natural ingredients nowadays. Before, bubble teas used to be made with powders, it still is in some places but the move towards healthier ingredients is rapidly growing! 

It’s actually the standard nowadays. 

We’re sure you’re aware, we haven’t quite answered your question on what does bubble tea taste like just yet, but don’t worry. Talk Boba is the best when it comes to just talking about boba, it’s our motto! Plus, we didn’t build 20,000+ readers talking about something else… Continue reading and we’ll break down the flavor profile of bubble tea or boba for you. 

Let’s begin! 

What’s Inside Bubble Tea? 

Before we break down flavor profiles we have to understand what’s inside a bubble tea drink right? It only makes sense! 

There are 4 parts to any bubble tea drink (generally). In any bubble tea you’ll have authentic brewed tea (usually loose leaf), milk or creamer, sweetener and toppings. You’ll find that boba shops use loose leaf tea to brew their teas because this allows then to get a higher concentrate for tea, plus the taste is a lot better this way. If you were to use tea bags, you won’t get this deep of a flavor profile compared to loose leaf teas. For milk or creamer, generally you’ll find a variety such as oat milk, almond milk, regular dairy’s milk, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk,  soy milk and a few others. As for sweeteners, you’ll most likely find two; simple syrup or brown sugar syrup. Lastly toppings, you’ll find many of these. Some popular toppings include grass jelly, regular tapioca pearls, puddings, popping boba and a few more. 

What Does Bubble Tea Taste Like?
Pouring boba pearls into cup @riceandtravel

What Does Bubble Tea Taste Like?

Finally, now we can get to the answer you’ve been longing for. 

Bubble tea tastes like a well balanced and sweet milky beverage with a slight twist, boba pearls. Though sweet, it’s not overpoweringly sweet since teas counteract sweetness and creaminess of boba flavors. Generally boba cafes will make a concentrate of tea and use this as the base of their milk teas. Depending on what tea they use you’ll taste robust black teas, light green teas or even lighter jasmine teas. Sometimes there’s even herbal teas used in certain types of drinks. 

As you sip more and more, you’ll realize that the tapioca pearls might have it’s own distinct flavor too! Usually you’ll find many modern boba cafes soak their boba pearls in honey, simply syrup or brown sugar syrup. This is what gives them their taste (usually it tastes like nothing unless you soak it in something) with every chew and bite. Depending on the syrup used, it can be simply sweet each bite or you’ll be able to taste a malty deep honey flavor, both really amazing! 

If we had to describe the taste of bubble tea in 3 words it’d be balanced, creamy and addicting.

What Does Bubble Tea Taste Like?
Cute boba bear @teahutsf

Want to Try Bubble Tea Now?

Now that you have an understanding of the types of flavors you’ll experience when drinking bubble tea, will you give it a try now? Let us know in the comments if you’re willing to give this a try if you haven’t already! 

Trust us, it’s worth it! Try something new besides coffee or regular tea, it won’t do you harm we promise. If there’s over 20,000+ boba lovers here, you can be the next! 

If you’re still reading, first of all we love you for that, and second why not read another article? Read some of our favorite articles here like boba questions with Young Nala from Lion King or review some of our favorite recipes here! 

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