I have a muse (or a dear friend rather) who I will turn into when it comes to tea suggestions. You would think with the season we’re in, that it wouldn’t be that difficult.
And it really isn’t.
But I’m grateful for ideas and suggestions, because that’s what tea and the love of tea is all about it, informing, sharing, educating, and most important of all, sipping.
So when my friend suggested I write about a couple of teas from Starbucks, I was intrigued and surprised.
I’m immediately thinking pumpkin this and pumpkin that. And while there is a pumpkin pastry included with my two teas, the pumpkin teas will return at a later time.
It’s all about chai and this is quite the chai my friends.
I was reminded that I may have had the Chai Latte before, when we used to frequent Starbucks on a regular basis. I know frequent Starbucks on a regular basis. I’ve become accustomed to local tea and coffee shops. It’s where my heart is and it’s the symbolic gesture I feel I need to be doing. Nevertheless, the Chai Latte is fine. It’s just what I remember, if this is what I had before. If you can get what I’m saying, it’s not that memorable. And I’ve grown to like Chai’s in the past few years, partially because of this blog, and because I’m all about expanding my horizons. This isn’t anything special.
The pumpkin cream cheese muffin that I had with my chai, either became tainted because of my chai or it wasn’t that great on its own. I love pumpkin and I didn’t get much pumpkin here.
And I love cinnamon, cloves, and milk. This screams fall and would hopefully scream success. I know many love it, and will love it if they haven’t tried it. To me it’s just a latte you could have anywhere, and not spend as much on it. It’s not that it’s even that sweet. It’s just that I’ve had better. And the black tea, which is the most important part of it for, seems to be lost in the shuffle with everything else. And it’s not like there’s too many moving parts. This would usually come together well in another setting.
And before you think I’m being hard on Starbucks…
Then there’s the London Fog. Oh my goodness, now we’re talking. I knew it was great before I even ordered it. And it’s because my friend told me that it’s not on the menu. She told me if you mention London Fog, they will know what it is. Now that’s a friend. And this is a tea. This is a tea latte. This is art.
The ingredients are here, and this take on Earl Grey is giving me chills after I write about it. It was a joy to sip and was so kind to my sense, my taste buds, and my spirit. I adore the way bergamot smells and tastes, and it’s the highlight for me even with the lavender, vanilla syrup, and milk thrown into the mix. They’re all perfect complements of each other that enhance the Earl Grey.
You can see why I prefer this more. The integrity of the tea remains intact while everything plays its part perfectly. This paired perfectly with their Caramelized Apple Pound Cake. A match made in tea and autumn heaven.
I will gladly come back and order the London Fog a couple more times before the season changes. And this is something you can have through the winter, so there’s plenty of opportunity. I highly recommend it if you’ve never had this before, and it’s a different take on a classic tea. Tremendous.
In the past I’ve mentioned that Earl Grey was likely the first tea I ever sipped. And knowing myself, I appreciated the simplicity of it. I’m not big on adding anything to my tea. If a tea is that good it doesn’t necessarily need milk, honey, cinnamon, or anything to overcompensate for a tea, whether it’s good or bad. But that doesn’t mean I won’t try or embrace teas with those same additions. I’m all for trying something new. I’m happy the London Fog worked out.
More to come as I feel rejuvenated and have so much more in the world of teas to talk about. It just keeps on getting better.
Peace be with you.