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Jelly and cheese at Royaltea 

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  • Griffin Swartzell

Royaltea, 6020 N. Carefree Circle, facebook.com/royalteaCOS

U.S.-based chains have expanded worldwide, and it’s been possible to find McDonald’s, Burger King and more around the globe for decades. But global expansion goes all directions. For example, China-based chain Royaltea opened up a Springs location this past June, offering a variety of bubble teas, fresh fruit teas and cheese teas.

We get a cheese cream London Fog tea from the menu, adding black tapioca pearls for texture. The tea comes topped with a thick layer of cream cheese-based topping that’s tangy and faintly savory, with a whipped cream-like consistency.

It’s nice alongside the unimpeded flavors of bergamot and black tea paired with subtle vanilla, and it adds a creamy texture to the milk-less tea. With chew from tapioca pearls, it makes for a fine and fun treat. We also try a butterfly pea milk tea, which has more milk than we’d like and no real flavor under the same cheese topping. We do add herbal jelly, also called grass jelly, which adds bittersweet grassiness.

Go for stronger-flavored teas, or try one of the many options made with fresh fruit instead.

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