Packaged milk tea is the unsung hero of the supermarket beverage aisle. It’s a cheap and quick fix for when our milk tea craving strikes and there are no bubble tea shops in sight, or when we just don’t feel like shelling out over $4 for a drink. Packet or bottled milk tea may lack the bells and whistles of bubble tea — no toppings, few fancy flavours and, no, you can’t customise the sugar level for this. However, being packaged, they can be stowed for an extended period in your fridge and your bag for a quick swig on the go, and you can easily buy them from most supermarkets and convenience stores for under $2 a pop.

There are many brands out there that offer milk tea, from Japanese F&B giants like Pokka and Kirin, to smaller Taiwanese player Bifido (which produces the popular Chun Cui He line of milk tea and coffee), to Hong Kong beverage company Vitasoy’s Hong Kong-style nai cha.

With so many options, which one is truly worth stocking up on? 8days.sg went on a supermarket spree and bought 15 brands of packaged milk tea, both from brick and mortar stores and online. Then we sipped ’em and ranked ’em.

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