On Starbucks’ New Tea Lattes
[Images courtesy of Starbucks.com]
On days like these (read: pending below zero temperatures, blizzard warnings and all-together crappy winter conditions), it’s hard not to want to cozy up to a nice warm beverage. Of course, it’s even harder to justify going outside and getting one, but luckily, the window of opportunity where the snowy winds gave us a break just happened to occur during lunchtime. Not to mention, a Starbucks gift card in my wallet gave me that extra incentive to pick up a nice and steamy beverage. Enter: the tea latte.
Honestly, it’s been awhile since I’ve been to Starbucks. I don’t think I’ve been since they changed over to Pike Place Roast coffee. I don’t drink coffee nearly as much anymore and I don’t really see the point in spending a lot of money on tea. But today was the day I decided I would try their new tea lattes. I had a gift card so I thought, what the heck!
I tried the “London Fog”, a blend of vanilla syrup, steamed milk and earl grey tea. Here’s their description:
“Full leaf black tea with citrusy Italian Bergamot and a hint of lavender. Sweetened with vanilla syrup and topped with steamed milk and velvety foam.” – Starbucks.com
The water, syrup and milk are blended and the tea bag steeps in the combination of the three. It was delicious! I’m a huge tea person but I’ve never had tea with milk before (which I do realize is common practice) so this drink really enlightened my taste buds. Starbucks hit the jackpot with this one – now they can appeal to coffee and tea drinkers alike.
I’m now a huge believer in the Tazo Tea Lattes (or at least the London Fog variety) but not a huge believer in buying one everyday or often at all. I hope to be able to replicate the recipe at home (I suppose I will have to buy some vanilla syrup) with my own Earl Grey Tea. But I’m very appreciative to Starbucks for the idea!
My barista was very impressive as well. I simply asked how the London Fog was and she listed off all the ingredients and why it was so great. Her encouragement definitely led me to try the drink. She was very helpful when instructing me to let the tea bag steep for 2 more minutes after she handed it to me. I let it steep the whole time, actually. I don’t mind my tea strong so when I make regular tea, I often just leave the tea bag in.
On a separate note, I want you to know that in no way, shape or form has Starbucks contacted me to write about their new tea lattes or bribed me with any coupons or freebies of any kind. I am writing about their Tazo Tea Lattes plain and simply because I like them.
The nutrition facts on the London Fog Tazo Tea Latte aren’t terribly upsetting either. I hope to use a more sugar-free vanilla syrup when I replicate that will cut the existing 4 g of fat and 150 calories down a bit further.
But if it’s coffee lattes you’re craving, you can always replicate those at home too. I’ve got you covered: