“ Brand: Starbucks „
WHAT IS IT?
A Christmas coffee from Starbucks that is not available all year round. It is a mocha coffee flavoured with dark cherry syrup and topped with whipped cream and real chocolate sprinkles.
The coffee is nice but even though I love cherries I don't think the flavour goes very well with the quite strong coffee. It would be nicer with plain coffee I think but because this is a mocha coffee there are too many different flavours and they spoil each other. The cherry is quite sour but it is a natural sourness and that makes the drink taste like there are real cherries in it instead of it just being a Starbucks syrup. The mocha is sweet even without sugar and that's another thing that makes the cherry flavour taste like it should be part of a cake and not a hot drink.
WHAT I THINK
I hoped this was going to be a nice treat just before Christmas but I couldn't drink the whole cup because I didn't like the flavour of the coffee very much and after a few sips I thought it got very sickly and not very nice at all. There was too much cream on my coffee and that made it hard to drink because I had to finish off some of the cream before I could drink my coffee and that meant my drink went cool quick and then started feeling sticky and not very nice as I drunk it.
I thought the coffee tasted a lot like black forest gateaux but not as nice, the cherry flavour is very visible so I'm quite shocked that I didn't like it more. My husband tried this as well because he likes Starbucks coffee and drinks it a lot but he also said that the cherry did not make a nice flavour to mix with mocha coffee and that it seemed a funny choice when there are so many other flavours to choose from for a Christmas coffee.
I will not purchase this again even though I like to try the full Starbucks range every Christmas. I think their spiced coffees work best at this time of year and I cannot see how a cherry syrup could ever go with hot mocha but I might be tempted to try it again without the cream and in a standard Starbucks coffee.
2 Dooyoo Stars.
The arrival of the 'to go' red cups in Starbucks always signals the start of the festive season at Starbucks and the Christmas flavoured drinks, one of which is the dark cherry mocha.
The Starbucks dark cherry mocha is smooth freshly ground espresso with dark bittersweet mocha sauce, combined with dark cherry flavoured syrup and velvety steamed milk, topped with sweetened whipped cream and a sprinkling of dark chocolate pieces, or a drizzle of chocolate syrup.
I must admit that this is more like a dessert than a drink! If you have the whipped cream and the chocolate sauce or sprinkles then this tastes just like black forest gateau. It is absolutely delicious, but it is very filling, don't get a cake to go along with it - you certainly don't need it!
It is a perfect combination of flavours, you can certainly taste each one; the freshly brewed espresso, the bittersweet chocolate sauce, the flavour of dark sweet cherries, the steamed milk, the whipped cream and the chocolate topping. It is not too sweet at all, it is just the right combination.
As is typical for all Starbucks hand crafted drinks you can choose your size; tall - small, grande - medium, or venti - large. You can add extra shots of espesso, or even have it as a decaf version. You can choose your milk; regular, non fat or soy. And whether or not you want whipped cream on top. You can also choose more of less pumps of the flavoured syrup if you think that the drink is too sweet, or maybe not sweet enough.
The dark cherry mocha comes as standard with regular milk and whipped cream. I must admit that I find it to be too filling and creamy like this, I do always have the whipped cream, but I always have the non fat milk. It is much nicer this way, you do have the occasional indulgent treat of the cream, but by going for the non fat milk it is not as sickly and filling.
This is another flavour that I like to get as a frappuccino occasionally; just ask for a mocha frappuccino with dark cherry syrup, with or without whipped cream - your personal choice here - but I would say with, especially if you are wanting the full on dessert experience, and again with your choice of milk - I do go for non fat milk though - it is too much otherwise.
Starbucks may not be everyone's cup of tea (or should that be, coffee?) given their multinational brand and unmistakeable presence in high streets all over the UK, however the draw of their Christmas drinks are an irresistible draw to many, including me!
In the winter season, Starbucks introduce a range of special, limited edition drinks. These include much-loved favourites, such as the Gingerbread Latte, Toffee Nut Latte, Hot Apple Cider and Egg Nogg Latte and - to much delight - Starbucks introduced a new flavour for Winter 2009 - the delicious-sounding Dark Cherry Mocha.
The Dark Cherry Mocha is served in the traditional, festive 'red' Starbucks cups to fit the Winter celebration theme, adorned with pretty white stars, snowflakes and Christmas tree images.
The Dark Cherry Mocha comes in the usual sizes (Short - the smallest, Tall - standard, Grande - large and Venti - huge, about a pint!) and can be varied as with all Starbucks coffees, being made with whole, skimmed or soya milk and with or without whipped cream on top. A tall Dark Cherry Mocha with standard whole milk cost around £2.85 if I remember correctly, which is in line with the prices of the rest of the Starbucks range for hot drinks. There is also a iced, frappucino version of the Dark Cherry Mocha for those looking for a chilled treat.
As with most (if not all!) Starbucks drinks, they are best kept for an occasional treat, particularly if you choose whole fat or whipped cream options as these are high in calories. Nutritional information for the Christmas range is hard to come by, but I have been informed by the UK Starbucks nutritional team that a tall, skinny (that is, made with skimmed milk) with no cream contain around 215 calories - ouch! Definitely best kept as an occasional treat.
On taking the lid off of my Dark Cherry Mocha, the first thing you notice is a sweet, luscious cherry smell which smells absolutely gorgeous. I believe cherry syrup is used to create this sweet scent. The drink is made from a base of mocha chocolate, espresso and steamed milk to create a thick, creamy indulgent drink.
The flavour of the Dark Cherry Mocha is gorgeous and sweet, with flavours of a black forest gateau! The chocolate/cherry taste works really well - the chocolate flavour is dark and sumptuous and balances well against teh sweet, light cherry flavour, giving a gorgeous bittersweet taste. I would say that, given the drink is a mocha in essence , I would've preferred more of a chocolate flavour to balance the cherry as the coffee flavour does come through quite strongly but the drink is still gorgeous.
Overall, this drink is a delicious, once-in-a-while treat. I know that many people are quite snobbish about Starbucks (I completely agree that the drinks are not an authentic, Italian espresso experience but are more 'milkshakes for grown-ups'!) but the Dark Cherry Mocha, like all their drinks, is a sweet, creamy and flavoursome indulgence.
The Dark Cherry Mocha - even when made with skimmed milk - is relatively high in calories and is a little expensive for what is essentially a cup of coffee but, like the rest of the Winter range, it's not around forever so as a one-off treat it's definitely worth giving a go if you like dark, bittersweet flavours.
Brand: Starbucks / Beverages Type: Coffee