Not sure I’ll be going back to the hot chai any time soon… this summer is suddenly way too hot (after a very late start).
I forgot to log this tea yesterday when I picked up a giant cup at Starbucks. I felt exhausted and needed some kind of refreshment! The nice thing about this drink is that it tastes familiar and just about the same no matter which Starbucks I visit. The chai is sweet and not too spicy. (It seems less sweet to me than its hotter version – and that’s a good thing! Sometimes the hot Tazo chai lattes can be a little too sweet.) I tend to get a sour note on the tail end of some sips. I honestly don’t believe that it’s from bad milk, but that it’s just the way it is. This is a solid drink to have when you’re not in the mood for a rich espresso drink or plain tea. While this isn’t my favorite thing to have from Starbucks, it was very fitting yesterday in the afternoon.
Today is my best friend’s birthday. She lives 1800 miles away so I can’t celebrate w/ her, but went to SBUX (she is, after all, from Seattle) in honor of her. Grande blended chai, half non fat milk, half ice, w/ mocha and caramel. I don’t like the concentrate. When I get this hot I always get it w/ the sachets, but sadly I just can’t figure out how to do it w/ the iced version. The only thing I can come up w/ would be to have the milk and water heated then steep the sachets in it, and when it’s done add the ice and blend… but that would just result in a luke warm, watery drink (as the ice would melt before it blended)… The chai spices are too strong when I order the concentrate version… they almost completely hid both the mocha and the caramel which is a MAJOR shame since chai, chocolate, and caramel (and espresso shots if you like coffee) are an amazing combo.
Drank one of these this morning from Starbucks. It’s way too cold for it to be iced, so I drank it hot. I expected to hate it, but it ended up being ok. Pretty sweet, but not bad considering it was from a concentrate. Since giving up coffee, I haven’t been to a Starbucks in probably 3 years or more. It’s nice to know I have something decent to drink (other than a tea bag) the next time I go with friends.
I love Tazo Iced Chai Latte’s from Starbucks, they’re my absolute favorite. As much as I enjoy the hot chai latte, the iced goes down smoothly and tastes a bit sweeter to me. This is my favorite drink during the summer, which living in Florida lasts for quite a long time!
So I work at a Barnes and Noble cafe, stopped by work today to check my schedule. Totally picked up an ice chai, unlike starbucks we don’t add water for our chais, which makes it spicier and tastier. I also add usually one pump of sugar free vanilla syrup to it giving it a nice blend of sweet and spicey. If you have never tried soy milk, I would suggest trying it with an iced chai, pretty fantastic.