Thursday, September 19, 2013

Basil Seed Drink with Honey - SunSengMarket : Pennsauken, NJ

Basil Seed Drink with Honey - SunSengMarket : Pennsauken, NJ
I bought this drink because it received favorable reviews from my favorite foodie Youtubers, EmmyMadeinJapan and CultMoo. (To be fair, CultMoo said it wasn't really good, but not truly bad either. Not a really favorable review, but they seemed interested in it.)

Right off the bat I have to say that I hate this packaging.

The label uses visually appealing complimentary colors and the images aren't bad, but that text is awful. It looks like a default font, but the major negative was the pull-tab style cap. It's interesting and it looks convenient, but it would NOT open. The pull was made of really thin metal which cut into my fingers as I tried to peel it back. I yanked on it until it broke and then I had to get pliers to finish the job. As if that wasn't enough, this bottle isn't resealable. Maybe I got a busted cap, there was a scratch on the silver foil, but I can't imagine that would hinder the opening process. Unless this stuff is insanely yummy, the packaging alone is enough to make me never want to buy this again.

After I got this thing open I could smell this sweet, nutty aroma. In EmmymadeinJapan's video she mentions that this smells like pandan, and it does. Pandan comes from the pandanus amaryllifolius plant. The leaves are ground into a paste and mixed with sweeteners and a bit of green colorant. I have some pandan paste in my cabinet, I used it to make the green tunic for my pixel Link cake, and it has a similar nutty aroma. 

I like the smell, but I absolutely hate the taste. This drink is a mixture of banana runts, pandan, and artificial honey. The best part of this drink was actually the little basil seeds. They had a similar texture to tapioca pudding which was really pleasant and it was like drinking a mini boba.

The bottle can't be resealed, and this stuff is way to sickeningly sweet for me to drink. This might be a bad brand to have started off with, but I don't think I'll be trying anymore basil seed drinks in the future.
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