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Worst Starbucks experience ever
I’m at the St. Louis airport, & I have a routine when I fly of getting a Starbucks soy chai.
So… They’re out of soy milk…
So…can I have a hot black tea?
As I’m walking away with my cup, I catch a whiff & she gave me earl grey.
So…I return the tea, the girl starts saying, “well, you didn’t specify…blah blah”
Are you kidding me?
Turns out they are out of Awake, except as iced tea.
Then another chick who works there starts bitching at me….
They were all glaring at me, like I was wrong.
I hope she didn’t spit in my tea…
Very strong scent of bergamot. Its a heavy tea, not one to drink to relax. I don’t particularly like the flavour, but some people seem to like it, so if you like Earl Grey it wouldn’t hurt to give it a shot. If you do, drink it in the morning.
Flavors: Bergamot, Heavy, Lavender
Yesterday I had the bagged version iced. It was good for the moment. Today we left home early and on the way out of town I grabbed one of these full leaf sachets iced at Starbuck’s. Iced tea seems to confuse them. That amuses me. I ended up with one iced tea and a cup of hot tea. The iced was nice and citrusy floral with lavender notes. Once I finished it, I grabbed the now cooled hot cup and yeah, I couldn’t drink it. I made a scrunchy face that lasted several minutes. I very seldom complain of astringency but this was like hyper astringent.
Huh. Much maltier than I was expecting for an English breakfast, but luckily I’m getting used to maltier teas and accepting them as something I don’t quite dislike. Aside from the maltiness it was pretty plain, and while it wasn’t bad I probably won’t reach for it again. As always breakfast blends are a little boring to me.
My earlier Tazo EG post was from yesterday. I am sitting at Starbucks again today downloading a cad program so I can draw up a porch for our home. We hope to finally build it this summer after 23 years.
The kind folks behind the counter are new and they don’t seem to get tea – imagine that at a coffee shop. I asked for iced, I am pretty sure they forgot and just prepared it as a hot tea as they gave me a leftover cup. The iced cup has no ice – it melted, so they gave me a cup of ice. This is very bitter. I kind of get the whole blergamot thing. What a difference a day makes. I took it in stride. It amused me and it is my fault for expecting s small town coffee shop to get tea right.
I know I have posted on this tea before but I don’t feel like digging through the archives to figure out under what listing – anyway, from Starbucks, iced. Not my favorite EG but it is pretty good, especially from the full leaf sachets. For years people rated Tazo EG much higher than I did. I thought they, like Sil, must hate blergamot as she calls it. I never got any wonderful bright citrus notes out of it. All I was getting was wimpy plain tea. Maybe I always got an expired bag or one stored in direct sunlight. Whatever the reason I was not impressed. Same goes for Harney Supreme EG – I did not get bergamot from it so it did not speak to me. Fortuitously, ordering this Tazo EG in house results in a pretty good cup. Makes me happy I did not give up trying.
A breakfast tea to attempt to get me up and going this morning! We had an ice storm last night and I did not want to leave my cozy bed to go out in the yucky-ness. Unfortunately, I had to so here I am with a cup of tea in one hand and keyboard keys at the other. This is really very good. No astringency or bitterness in the base and a nice color. This could really lend itself to pretty much anything but then, I suppose that it the point of breakfast teas. This has done its job so I guess I ought to go do mine!
At Starbucks because I wanted to read a bit and I knew I wouldn’t if I stayed home. The Seahawks vs 49ers game is on and I’m kinda keeping up with it. My team, the Patriots, already lost this afternoon. Oh well. Next year.
This tea, despite 3 packets of sugar, is still somewhat bitter and I don’t know that I want to put any more in it. It also has more than its fair share of half & half because I forgot to tell them to put milk in it. I can’t say I like it much but I don’t feel like getting my whole thing from the car and setting it up. So swill it is. Perhaps the second steep will be better.
Today’s trip to Starbucks began with a tall Americano with long shots. Pretty simple and pretty small, since I knew that I’d be lingering around for refills—I was meeting a friend visiting from out of town.
For my first refill, I finally decided to put the Earl Grey full-leaf sachet to the test. I had already tried the Tazo Earl Grey filterbags (in the dark purple envelopes), and also the older version of loose leaf, which came in a cylindrical yellow can. In fact, I believe that I may still have a bit of that on hand…
I have been pretty happy with the Tazo Earl Grey, and was wondering whether the sachets would be better, since they feature large leaf pieces. My first observation was that the sachet is generously loaded with leaves, which is important to me because I do not drink black tea weak, especially not Earl Grey and Assam, since I prefer to add cream. So the sachet in a tall (12 ounce) cup was a good match for me, though the same sachet is used for customers who order a grande tea (16 ounce). For me, that might be too weak, but the resultant liquor in the tall cup was nice and dark golden brown.
I added half and half, and the brew tasted pretty good, but interestingly enough, it was not as strong on the bergamot as I remembered the filterbag and loose leaf (non-sachet) to have been. The quality of the black tea seemed just okay—a little scratchy, but that may be because I have become spoiled by Earl Grey Blanc (also Tazo), which includes a dollop of delicious vanilla.
All in all, my first Tazo Earl Grey sachet experience was not bad, but I feel that I have to do this again before attaching a number to this tea.
heavens! if you seek to perfume your viscera, this is most certainly your tea!!
i understand earl grey is a classic, beloved by many, i’m just not understanding why, given what i am tasting at this particular moment. is this for real? granted, i think Tazo did a good job sourcing quality tea & ingredients (they most certainly are what they are- and unashamed, at that!), i just think they’re rather cacophonous when put together.
when i first smelled this through the peephole, i was immediately hit with a blast of astringent bergamot that became increasingly metallic by the minute. i’m not sure if it’s the lavender that’s causing me to think i’m tasting a metallic, herbal quasi-citrus, as i’ve never tasted bergamot on its own, nor have i smelled it, though i do know it’s frequently used as a top note in perfumes.
anyway, i got a cup of this as an experiment, simply because i wanted to learn what earl grey tastes like (apparently i’ve never had it!) and my, was it memorable. this one is quite tinny & medicinal…very perfumey. i think that’s really the lavender speaking. the Earl is distinctive & ribald, a thoroughly pungent character! any feelings toward him are strictly black or white: i can’t imagine it’s possible to experience him in shades of grey! a necessary pun, i’m just sorry.
in this tea’s defense, i know i can’t stand lavender as a fragrance, and i’m sent running at the slightest hint of it, so it stands to reason that i wouldn’t like its taste. it truly makes me recoil. that may have been this particular earl’s downfall. for me it’s like clove: all or nothing, love or hate. quite remarkable then, that i managed to ingest it! Tazo’s EG reminds me of pine needle, or something akin to the monstrous patchouli in Thierry Mugler’s Angel. it doesn’t just flavor the punch, it spikes it with a vengeance. this is quite simply, potable cologne.
way harsh, tai.