Milk Beard is a very special little shop that exclusively sells homemade soft-serve ice cream. They produce small batches once or twice per week using fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Each day they only offer four flavours, three of which are limited small-batch creations. Only their signature flavour, whisky honey, is available every day. The boss has great taste and comes up with all kinds of fun, creative specialty flavours like fresh-ground wasabi, rose salt with black sugar, chocolate strawberry, whisky honey, and lavender. She also makes pure fruit flavours according to what kind of produce is in season, including locally-grown bananas and strawberries. They post each day’s limited-edition special flavours on their Facebook fan page – you can go check it out if you want to know what’s on tap today.
Tucked away in the small alleys of trendy Zhongxiao Dunhua shopping district, Milk Beard is basically a street stall, tiny and simple. I prefer this type of small shop because they place their emphasis on the product instead of the decor. The shop doesn’t have any indoor seating, just six little chairs on the porch where you can sit down while you eat. You can also just take it with you and enjoy your ice cream while strolling the little lanes full of hipster cafes and boutique shops.
Today’s limited-edition flavours were Baileys coffee, banana and chocolate (banana and chocolate could be ordered separately or mixed). The banana-chocolate combo looked super good and I really wanted to try it, but in order to get a better sense of this particular shop I decided to go with their signature flavour, whisky honey.
I was afraid it would be too sweet, because I’ve eaten several over-sweetened liqueur ice creams, but it was fine. The sweetness was quite suitable – I could still make out the delicate honey and whisky flavours, which were well-balanced. The whisky content isn’t high – if it were, the ice cream wouldn’t freeze properly – but it’s enough that you get a kick of boozy heat with the cold ice cream. The whisky matches well with the honey, since both have a subtle fruitiness with becomes more apparent when mixed together. I asked the owner if they used Taiwan’s famous local Kavalan whisky, but she said no, she uses Japanese and Scottish whiskies. As tasty as it was, I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed that it wasn’t local Taiwanese whisky!
The texture is very smooth and creamy, but the butterfat content doesn’t seem to be too high – it’s quite clean and light, and doesn’t coat the inside of your mouth and leave a greasy feeling like many soft-serve ice creams do. I don’t eat a lot of soft-serve because I often find it too heavy, and moreover the portion sizes are generally larger than for regular ice cream, so it’s usually too much for me. But not at Milk Beard – their soft-serve went down quite easily!
The ice cream is garnished with a pretzel coated in coarse salt. The salty, crunchy pretzel is a perfect contrast for the sweet, creamy ice cream, making it even more flavourful and delicious – a very clever pairing!
So my first trip to Milk Beard was a delicious experience – I can’t wait to go back and try the owner’s lovingly handmade creation of the day! 所以，我第一次去白鬍子就如此美好，很期待下次去吃吃看老闆娘用心手做的新創作!
Milk Beard Fresh Milk Soft-Serve Ice Cream |白鬍子鮮奶霜淇淋專賣店
Address: No. 8, Lane 29, Alley 205, Zongxiao East Road Section 4, Da’an district
Phone: (02) 2711-0286
Hours: Mon-Thurs 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Friday 3:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Saturday 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sunday 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Transportation: MRT Zhongxiao Dunhua Station
營業時間：周一~四 15:00~22:00; 周五 15:00~22:30; 周六 14:00~22:30; 周日14:00~22:00