Today I am writing a post that is different and fun and a little scary at the same time.
I am nothing if I am not a creature of habit. My family will tell you I hate hate hate change, and trying new things especially new foods or drinks is something that is almost impossible to get me to do.
I started going to Starbucks years ago, on the morning I flew out with my mom and some friends for a cruise, and a White Chocolate Mocha has been my drink of choice ever since.
Sure, I have tried other things on the menu…a Frappuccino here, a different hot drink there…I enjoyed my Salted Caramel Macchiato. But at my regular store (back when I had a regular store in Richmond, Virginia) Logan, Jeremy, Mark, and Jon all knew that if I did not order a White Chocolate Mocha they probably should go ahead and make one in case I hated the drink I chose. More often than not I’d dump the first drink in favor of my White Mocha.
The other day I decided for whatever reason to browse the menu on the Starbucks website, and I found two tea latte drinks that caught my eye, and so I thought I would work my way toward my 300 Reward Stars and a Gold Card by trying them out and sharing my thoughts with you…see different, fun, and scary.
I think you’ll figure out what drew me to them in a hurry, their names are the Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte and the Iced Teavana® London Fog Tea Latte.
Here are the product shots from Starbucks:
I ordered ahead and paid with my phone as we pulled out of the driveway. I love this pay without even handing a human my card thing…and the order ahead thing is AWESOME. I would imagine, however, that you have to know how fast you’ll arrive and have a pretty good idea of how fast your chosen drink can “fall apart”. I think we got my timing just right, and we even parked an waited 2 minutes just to be sure that my second order would be ready. We told them that at the drive-thru that we had placed an order via the app and had paid ahead and either the guy just took a great first guess at my name (apparently the app submits that without my needing to input it) or I was the only app-based order he had at the moment.
Now, assuming that the Baristas at Starbucks labeled these correctly, here are my thoughts on these two drinks:
Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte
Okay I have to say this one was just…strange. It tasted like a milky tea (I am still not used to milk in my tea, for what that is worth) that had a splash of some really hard to pinpoint fruit juice mixed in. The major flavor is definitely “bright” and “juicy” like … well, like something I might drink at breakfast or after getting hot and sweaty in the yard (or walking to the car in this heat)….that is if it were not mixed with some milky tea.
This one ranks as a “maybe again someday” but I’ll need one of my barista buddies to clue me in on what it is I am tasting so that my brain does not work the whole 12 – 24 ounces trying to figure that out.
Iced Teavana® London Fog Tea Latte.
Now this one….this one is described on the website as :
Bright, citrusy spark of Italian bergamot blends with subtle hints of lavender meets vanilla syrup, milk and ice for this delicious reinvention of classic Earl Grey tea.
and what I can tell you is…my first two thoughts were “Oh my GOD, this is way way way too sweet…even for my sweet tooth” and “WELL, they got the Lavender and Vanilla right but they are in no way subtle…this thing tastes like my room deodorizer smells”. I tried to drink it, I really did. I could only manage maybe 4 ounces of the 12-ounce tall I had ordered. Before I tossed it I had one last thought, this would be GREAT reduced just enough to make it a thick glaze and poured over a fresh sheet cake or even pound cake. I’m not baking tonight or tomorrow so…down the drain it went.
My sweet (though strangely not as sweet as they used to be when Logan made them) White Chocolate Mocha, I won’t leave you again….not for a super long time! Oh who are we kidding? I ordered a Grande Iced White Mocha tonight as back up! I NEVER leave Starbucks without at least one…
Next time I venture out to the Starbucks that is a 5-minute drive even with traffic I think I’ll stick to trying out new stuff in the pastry case…there was this delicious little S’mores Bar that caught my eye…they can’t get marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers wrong.