Milton & Small - Maple Syrup Sweetened Cold Brew

5.4

Taste

5.0/10

Price

8.0/10

Ingredients

10.0/10

Availability

4.0/10

Versatility

0.0/10

Pros

  • Natural ingredients
  • Dark chocolate flavor

Cons

  • Limited coffee flavor
  • Wood flavor notes
  • Maple syrup flavor is subtle, at best
  • Very limited availability

The first time I reviewed a ready-to-drink cold brew from Milton & Small I was really impressed. So when I spotted the relatively new Maple Syrup Sweetened Cold Brew I knew that I had to give it a try.

Now, this is actually a cold brew that contains a bit more than the maple syrup that caught my eye on the label. This coffee “elixir” also consists of cacao and chaga extract as primary ingredients.

At the time of the video review I had no idea what the hell Chaga was, so forgive me for my ignorance. Turns out, it’s a type of fungus that commonly grows on birch trees. Apparently it has a vanilla-like flavor when consumed as tea, though I can’t say I tasted anything that remotely resembled vanilla in this drink.

Ratings

To learn more about how I rate RTD cold brew coffee, go here.

Taste

I was pretty disappointed with the way this cold brew tasted. The coffee and maple syrup flavors were virtually inexistant, while there were also wood undertones that I didn’t find particularly pleasant.

To the drink’s credit, it does have a strong dark chocolate flavor, but overall the natural sweetness was very limited.

Score: 2.5/5

Price

I don’t recall the exact price, but I do remember that it was pretty good value given the size of the bottle. Of course, value is pretty subjective.

Score: 4/5

Ingredients

Lots of natural, organic ingredients packed into this bottle of cold brew. No issues in this category.

Score: 5/5

Availability

Only available in select stores in the San Francisco Bay Area at the time of this review. Can’t be purchased online either.

Score: 2/5

Summary

I had pretty high expectations for this one, but in the end I was pretty disappointed. The cacao flavor dominated, while the coffee and maple syrup flavors were virtually nowhere to be found (according to my palate, at least).

While I would not get this specific “flavor” again, I would encourage you to instead try Milton & Small’s Medium Roast Cold Brew, which I really enjoyed.