I’ve spotted the London Fog on North Kitchen and Bar’s ‘not coffee’ menu a few times and been tempted, but usually opt for the safer English Breakfast Tea option.
Last week, I took the plunge and ordered a London Fog to go – and have returned to order two more!
As I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of taste or texture, the first London Fog I tried was unusual. But it was easy to see the appeal! It’s an acquired taste, and once you know what to expect, you’ll never order a regular tea in a café again.
So I can hear you all asking, what on earth is a London Fog. The southerners (or extremely trendy northerners) reading this blog post may already know. For those of you who’ve never heard of one – it’s not as complex as it sounds. A London Fog is milk, earl grey tea, vanilla extract and maple syrup.
At North, you can get a whole range of milks from whole dairy, to soy and oat milk. Served warm in a transparent glass mug, the milk is steamed and creates a layer of foam on the top. It gives the drink body and texture, and below is the sweet and creamy blend of tea, syrup and vanilla. I had mine with soy milk, but I’ve been reliably informed that oat milk creates the creamiest London Fog.
The earl grey flavour isn’t overpowering, but just adds a somewhat sophisticated taste due to the bergamot orange. Now, I don’t claim to be a tea connoisseur, so I certainly suggest you try it for yourself – you’ll know just what I mean.
If hot drinks isn’t your thing, who knew you could simply serve the blend over ice instead? This beats my usual Starbucks caramel cream frappachino for sure.
An Iced London Fog is a totally different experience to its warm counterpart. It’s super smooth and tastes a little more like flavoured milk – perfect for a warm day.
How would you enjoy yours?