A friend and I managed to taste test a few of Starbucks new tea lattes. Here are their discriptions from the Starbucks site:
- Vanilla Rooibos Tazo® Tea Latte A caffeine-free South African botantical carefully blended with vanilla and spices.
- London Fog Tazo® Tea Latte Delicate, floral earl grey tea with Italian bergamot, vanilla and lavender.
- Black Tazo® Tea Latte With a bold, invigorating aroma, black tea has hints of dark caramel, malt and black cherries.
- Berry Chai Tazo Tea Infusion A handcrafted blend of berry juices, Tazo® tea and exotic spices.
- Apple Chai Tazo® Tea Infusion Crisp apples meet black tea and exotic spices.
Overall, they’re good but sweet. And the infusions can be sickly sweet once you get to the bottom of the cup if you don’t keep stiring it while you’re drinking it. So if you don’t like your drinks too sweet, ask for it without syrup.
Right now, my favorite is the Vanilla Rooibos Latte. The London Fog is good too (so glad they went with the traditional name rather than the Earl Grey Misto that they were testing here in Vancouver.) I order my teas half sweet or with no syrup at all. The rooibos tea has enough sweetness itself for me and doesn’t need the extra syrup. You also have to be super careful how you order the teas because they can pack a calorie punch. (You can calculate the calories for each on the Starbuck site or by following the links above.) So for me it’s a tall, non-fat, no syrup, Vanilla Rooibos Latte.