I love a good tea latte – whether it’s a chai tea latte or a London Fog tea latte – I feel they make a wonderful afternoon drink. With just enough caffeine to perk you up, but gentler on the stomach, they are the perfect compliment for a coffee heavy morning.
Today, I’m sharing all about the Starbucks iced London Fog tea latte – what’s in it, what it tastes like, how it compares to their chai tea latte, and much more. So, if you’ve been looking for a sign to go get yourself an iced or hot London Fog, this is it: GO GET YOU ONE.
Seriously, we support you.
What Is a London Fog Tea Latte:
A London Fog tea latte has a strongly-brewed earl grey tea base, mixed with either cold or steamed milk, vanilla syrup or extract, possibly some simple syrup if using extract, and ice (if iced). Easy!
A lot of variations also incorporate a honey syrup or even lavender. It’s easily customized to taste, too!
How Much Caffeine is in a Iced London Fog Tea Latte?
Yes, the London Fog tea latte is caffeinated (otherwise, we probably wouldn’t write about it!). You’ll get a gentle kick from 40mg of caffeine in a grande. One cup of plain coffee offers you 95mg of caffeine, so you’re looking at a little less than half of that in our fog.
In comparison, an 8oz. cup of green tea has 40-60mg of caffeine, so it’ll be similar to the slight buzz you’ll receive from a cup of green tea, with a more soothing flavor.
How Does a London Fog Compare To a Chai Tea Latte?
The main difference between the two tea lattes is the use of the warming spices in the chai. Chai has a very specific, unique flavor, thanks to the combination of spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and more. You can even add coffee for what is called a dirty chai (read the dirty chai taste test here).
The London Fog has a much softer taste, using soothing notes of vanilla, earl grey tea, milk or milk substitute, for a tea latte similar to a milk tea.
Because of these softer flavors, the London Fog is often infused with additional flavors like lavender or honey, which are also delightful.
What Does It Taste Like?
The London Fog tea latte is my drink of choice whenever I’m feeling a little under the weather, because it has a soft, soothing flavor with a creamy texture. According to the Starbucks website the flavor is, “Bright, citrusy spark of bergamot blends with subtle hints of lavender and mixes with vanilla syrup, milk and ice to create this delicious reinvention of a classic Earl Grey tea.”
If you are a fan of vanilla based drinks, you will love the London Fog latte. Hot or iced, they are both delicious. I just prefer iced drinks, since I live in the land of eternal sunshine (California).
What are the Nutritional Facts for a London Fog Tea Latte?
Starbucks shares the nutritional facts based on the grande (473ml) sized drink.
- 140 calories
- 2.5 grams of fat
- 25 grams carbs
- 4 grams protein
How To Order an Iced London Fog Tea Latte:
Good news, this is on the actual menu. No need to get crazy and break down the entire ingredient list for your barista. Just order your hot or iced London Fog Tea Latte.
Substitute your milk type if you prefer something other than 2% milk, which is used in drinks where milk is not specified. I prefer oatmilk now, so I order everything with oatmilk. Check out the oatmilk latte taste test here.
Or, you can ask for a different syrup, if you don’t like vanilla, such as a honey syrup.
We love London Fogs over here – either hot or iced – and think they’re a great drink to order when you want something light, refreshing and comforting. You can make them at home, too, for a lot less just using two tea bags, our homemade vanilla syrup recipe and a milk of your choice.
Have you had an iced or hot London Fog? What did you think? We’d love to hear your comments below.