REVIEW: It's Never Too Late to #sharejoy with Starbucks Holiday Blend!
Holidays are over, right? You are all on the "eating rice cakes" New Year's resolution stuff, paying credit card bills and feeling all depressed because January stinks. I myself am munching on a salad as I write, looking at a very cold and grey afternoon.
But I am a Catholic Italian, which means technically, holidays last until the Epiphany (January 6th). SO that's my story as to why I am still enjoying Starbucks Holiday Blend coffee this week, and you should too!
Well, and my blogger review box came kind of late....like, yesterday. But moving on....
SO I just first I want to say, I have always loved Starbucks. I am a brand loyalist through and through. And they are just a class act; from their products, to their culture to their marketing. And when I got this lovely box in the mail yesterday, I was taken aback by the presentation of their products to me. I felt very special, and you can tell they take such pride in their products and brand. It really showed.
But the proof was in the cup. So my hubby and I brewed a pot this morning. We usually switch around from Starbucks french roast to Costco private labels to Gevalia. We were excited to try this.
I first noticed when I opened the bag the aroma of cocoa and vanilla. It was very subtle and lovely. It doesn't taste like cocoa-but it smelled a little like it. My husband was surprised that it wasn't flavored. I guess he assumed it would be a funky holiday flavored coffee, and it isn't. All the nuance and flavor comes from the bean itself. That's the Starbucks way. (I tsked-tsked him!)
When I prepare coffee, I always clean my pot, the wire basket and the brewing basket. I always use fresh cold water and I always add a very light sprinkle of salt over the grounds. This is a trick I got wind of from a friend of a local chef who I cannot name (I wasn't supposed to tell anyone...whoopsie.) Also, though the directions called for 2 Tbsp. per 6 oz. of water, I threw in 5 Tbsp. for 12 oz. We like things a little punchier at our house.
My husband and I agree, though this is a pretty bold brew, it is not as bitter as their other blends. The play on the tongue initially is "spicy". I could taste cinnamon, clove and pepper notes. But then it smooths out to a creamy vanilla finish. It was pretty darn yummy. Full bodied but smooth.
Then decided to #sharejoy with my coworkers and brewed a couple of pots at work to see what they thought. These people are serious coffee drinkers. Below are some of their quotes:
"It's not as astringent and their other coffees. There is a light cinnamon note at the beginning. It is very much a bold, robust brew."-Addie
"It's spicy, I get spiciness with cinnamon and citrus notes!" -Jourdan
The good news, Starbucks Holiday Blend is now on sale 'cause its after the New Year! It's really just a great blend of beans with lovely nuance. I think that you can enjoy this brew well into January-heck we need SOMETHING to brighten such a boring and depressing month!
Let us know what you think! #sharejoy!