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The New Starbucks Holiday Latte Is Here: It’s Christmas-y and Not Overly Sweet

The New Starbucks Holiday Latte Is Here: It’s Christmas-y and Not Overly Sweet

Starbucks has just added a new holiday drink to their December menu: the holiday spice flat white

A new flat white concoction? Christmas came early.

It simply isn’t the holiday season without Starbucks stirring us into a caffeinated, Christmas frenzy with new limited-edition holiday drinks. Starting today, the new holiday latte concoction from America’s largest coffee chain will appear on Starbucks menus across the country: the holiday spice flat white.The holiday spice flat white is a cinnamon and nutmeg-infused offshoot of the Australian version of a latte that premiered in January this year at Starbucks.

The holiday flat white is made with ristretto shots of espresso; a spice mix of ground sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and tangerine sugar; and is topped off with steamed milk finished with the latte art “dot” that distinguish flat whites from other lattes.

The drink was inspired by mulled cider, and according to first tasters, is less saccharine than the coffee chain’s other limited edition holiday drinks, like the gingerbread or pumpkin spice lattes. It’s perfect for coffee fans who want to get into the Starbucks spirit without going overboard on the sugar.


The New Starbucks Lattes Are So Good You'll Actually Want To Order Them Every Day

The new Starbucks tea menu is in only available in Canada. Here's what's on it (tea lattes!), and what we'd order again.

By Amy Grief Updated February 27, 2018

It seems like Starbucks releases new, outrageous drinks every few months. From unicorn and zombie frappuccinos to sugary holiday bevvies, these over-the-top creations are one-time indulgences, not everyday pick-me-ups. Today, however, Starbucks introduced a new line of tea-based drinks you’ll actually want to order on the reg.

The new Starbucks tea menu

Only available in Canada, Starbucks’ new tea lattes are made with “finely ground premium whole tea leaves,” or tea leaf powder (think matcha powder) instead of tea bags. The powders are supposed to impart more flavour and a luxurious mouthfeel, which, according to a Starbucks news release, is akin to “cashmere.” (OK, then.)

The new tea lattes come in three flavours: matcha (Starbucks’ matcha is now sugar-free), black (it tastes like English breakfast) and rooibos (which is caffeine-free). If you order one straight off the menu, it’ll come with steamed whole milk and cane sugar, but you can always customize it with dairy-free, non-fat or lactose-free milk. Be sure to ask for it unsweetened (or lightly sweetened) if you don’t want a mid-afternoon sugar rush.

Along with its new tea powders, Starbucks is debuting a blossoming rose tea latte. Don’t get too excited because this isn’t a true blossoming tea, it’s just a cute name. The drink comes with rooibos tea, steamed milk and rose syrup (it’s flavoured with rhubarb bitters and strawberry so it doesn’t taste “perfume-y”), but you can also get it with black tea or matcha.

So how do Starbucks’ tea lattes taste?

While I normally gravitate towards matcha, the black tea latte was the beverage I craved hours after trying it, likely because I’m a sucker for overly sweet, milky tea. The matcha latte was also yummy the rooibos tea latte had an almost floral flavour — a nice option for those who avoid caffeine.

As for the blossoming rose tea latte, I appreciate that it didn’t taste like a perfume bottle and with floral flavours trending, it’ll likely prove popular. But just like with other flavoured Starbucks lattes, it was just too teeth-achingly sweet.


The New Starbucks Lattes Are So Good You'll Actually Want To Order Them Every Day

The new Starbucks tea menu is in only available in Canada. Here's what's on it (tea lattes!), and what we'd order again.

By Amy Grief Updated February 27, 2018

It seems like Starbucks releases new, outrageous drinks every few months. From unicorn and zombie frappuccinos to sugary holiday bevvies, these over-the-top creations are one-time indulgences, not everyday pick-me-ups. Today, however, Starbucks introduced a new line of tea-based drinks you’ll actually want to order on the reg.

The new Starbucks tea menu

Only available in Canada, Starbucks’ new tea lattes are made with “finely ground premium whole tea leaves,” or tea leaf powder (think matcha powder) instead of tea bags. The powders are supposed to impart more flavour and a luxurious mouthfeel, which, according to a Starbucks news release, is akin to “cashmere.” (OK, then.)

The new tea lattes come in three flavours: matcha (Starbucks’ matcha is now sugar-free), black (it tastes like English breakfast) and rooibos (which is caffeine-free). If you order one straight off the menu, it’ll come with steamed whole milk and cane sugar, but you can always customize it with dairy-free, non-fat or lactose-free milk. Be sure to ask for it unsweetened (or lightly sweetened) if you don’t want a mid-afternoon sugar rush.

Along with its new tea powders, Starbucks is debuting a blossoming rose tea latte. Don’t get too excited because this isn’t a true blossoming tea, it’s just a cute name. The drink comes with rooibos tea, steamed milk and rose syrup (it’s flavoured with rhubarb bitters and strawberry so it doesn’t taste “perfume-y”), but you can also get it with black tea or matcha.

So how do Starbucks’ tea lattes taste?

While I normally gravitate towards matcha, the black tea latte was the beverage I craved hours after trying it, likely because I’m a sucker for overly sweet, milky tea. The matcha latte was also yummy the rooibos tea latte had an almost floral flavour — a nice option for those who avoid caffeine.

As for the blossoming rose tea latte, I appreciate that it didn’t taste like a perfume bottle and with floral flavours trending, it’ll likely prove popular. But just like with other flavoured Starbucks lattes, it was just too teeth-achingly sweet.


The New Starbucks Lattes Are So Good You'll Actually Want To Order Them Every Day

The new Starbucks tea menu is in only available in Canada. Here's what's on it (tea lattes!), and what we'd order again.

By Amy Grief Updated February 27, 2018

It seems like Starbucks releases new, outrageous drinks every few months. From unicorn and zombie frappuccinos to sugary holiday bevvies, these over-the-top creations are one-time indulgences, not everyday pick-me-ups. Today, however, Starbucks introduced a new line of tea-based drinks you’ll actually want to order on the reg.

The new Starbucks tea menu

Only available in Canada, Starbucks’ new tea lattes are made with “finely ground premium whole tea leaves,” or tea leaf powder (think matcha powder) instead of tea bags. The powders are supposed to impart more flavour and a luxurious mouthfeel, which, according to a Starbucks news release, is akin to “cashmere.” (OK, then.)

The new tea lattes come in three flavours: matcha (Starbucks’ matcha is now sugar-free), black (it tastes like English breakfast) and rooibos (which is caffeine-free). If you order one straight off the menu, it’ll come with steamed whole milk and cane sugar, but you can always customize it with dairy-free, non-fat or lactose-free milk. Be sure to ask for it unsweetened (or lightly sweetened) if you don’t want a mid-afternoon sugar rush.

Along with its new tea powders, Starbucks is debuting a blossoming rose tea latte. Don’t get too excited because this isn’t a true blossoming tea, it’s just a cute name. The drink comes with rooibos tea, steamed milk and rose syrup (it’s flavoured with rhubarb bitters and strawberry so it doesn’t taste “perfume-y”), but you can also get it with black tea or matcha.

So how do Starbucks’ tea lattes taste?

While I normally gravitate towards matcha, the black tea latte was the beverage I craved hours after trying it, likely because I’m a sucker for overly sweet, milky tea. The matcha latte was also yummy the rooibos tea latte had an almost floral flavour — a nice option for those who avoid caffeine.

As for the blossoming rose tea latte, I appreciate that it didn’t taste like a perfume bottle and with floral flavours trending, it’ll likely prove popular. But just like with other flavoured Starbucks lattes, it was just too teeth-achingly sweet.


The New Starbucks Lattes Are So Good You'll Actually Want To Order Them Every Day

The new Starbucks tea menu is in only available in Canada. Here's what's on it (tea lattes!), and what we'd order again.

By Amy Grief Updated February 27, 2018

It seems like Starbucks releases new, outrageous drinks every few months. From unicorn and zombie frappuccinos to sugary holiday bevvies, these over-the-top creations are one-time indulgences, not everyday pick-me-ups. Today, however, Starbucks introduced a new line of tea-based drinks you’ll actually want to order on the reg.

The new Starbucks tea menu

Only available in Canada, Starbucks’ new tea lattes are made with “finely ground premium whole tea leaves,” or tea leaf powder (think matcha powder) instead of tea bags. The powders are supposed to impart more flavour and a luxurious mouthfeel, which, according to a Starbucks news release, is akin to “cashmere.” (OK, then.)

The new tea lattes come in three flavours: matcha (Starbucks’ matcha is now sugar-free), black (it tastes like English breakfast) and rooibos (which is caffeine-free). If you order one straight off the menu, it’ll come with steamed whole milk and cane sugar, but you can always customize it with dairy-free, non-fat or lactose-free milk. Be sure to ask for it unsweetened (or lightly sweetened) if you don’t want a mid-afternoon sugar rush.

Along with its new tea powders, Starbucks is debuting a blossoming rose tea latte. Don’t get too excited because this isn’t a true blossoming tea, it’s just a cute name. The drink comes with rooibos tea, steamed milk and rose syrup (it’s flavoured with rhubarb bitters and strawberry so it doesn’t taste “perfume-y”), but you can also get it with black tea or matcha.

So how do Starbucks’ tea lattes taste?

While I normally gravitate towards matcha, the black tea latte was the beverage I craved hours after trying it, likely because I’m a sucker for overly sweet, milky tea. The matcha latte was also yummy the rooibos tea latte had an almost floral flavour — a nice option for those who avoid caffeine.

As for the blossoming rose tea latte, I appreciate that it didn’t taste like a perfume bottle and with floral flavours trending, it’ll likely prove popular. But just like with other flavoured Starbucks lattes, it was just too teeth-achingly sweet.


The New Starbucks Lattes Are So Good You'll Actually Want To Order Them Every Day

The new Starbucks tea menu is in only available in Canada. Here's what's on it (tea lattes!), and what we'd order again.

By Amy Grief Updated February 27, 2018

It seems like Starbucks releases new, outrageous drinks every few months. From unicorn and zombie frappuccinos to sugary holiday bevvies, these over-the-top creations are one-time indulgences, not everyday pick-me-ups. Today, however, Starbucks introduced a new line of tea-based drinks you’ll actually want to order on the reg.

The new Starbucks tea menu

Only available in Canada, Starbucks’ new tea lattes are made with “finely ground premium whole tea leaves,” or tea leaf powder (think matcha powder) instead of tea bags. The powders are supposed to impart more flavour and a luxurious mouthfeel, which, according to a Starbucks news release, is akin to “cashmere.” (OK, then.)

The new tea lattes come in three flavours: matcha (Starbucks’ matcha is now sugar-free), black (it tastes like English breakfast) and rooibos (which is caffeine-free). If you order one straight off the menu, it’ll come with steamed whole milk and cane sugar, but you can always customize it with dairy-free, non-fat or lactose-free milk. Be sure to ask for it unsweetened (or lightly sweetened) if you don’t want a mid-afternoon sugar rush.

Along with its new tea powders, Starbucks is debuting a blossoming rose tea latte. Don’t get too excited because this isn’t a true blossoming tea, it’s just a cute name. The drink comes with rooibos tea, steamed milk and rose syrup (it’s flavoured with rhubarb bitters and strawberry so it doesn’t taste “perfume-y”), but you can also get it with black tea or matcha.

So how do Starbucks’ tea lattes taste?

While I normally gravitate towards matcha, the black tea latte was the beverage I craved hours after trying it, likely because I’m a sucker for overly sweet, milky tea. The matcha latte was also yummy the rooibos tea latte had an almost floral flavour — a nice option for those who avoid caffeine.

As for the blossoming rose tea latte, I appreciate that it didn’t taste like a perfume bottle and with floral flavours trending, it’ll likely prove popular. But just like with other flavoured Starbucks lattes, it was just too teeth-achingly sweet.


The New Starbucks Lattes Are So Good You'll Actually Want To Order Them Every Day

The new Starbucks tea menu is in only available in Canada. Here's what's on it (tea lattes!), and what we'd order again.

By Amy Grief Updated February 27, 2018

It seems like Starbucks releases new, outrageous drinks every few months. From unicorn and zombie frappuccinos to sugary holiday bevvies, these over-the-top creations are one-time indulgences, not everyday pick-me-ups. Today, however, Starbucks introduced a new line of tea-based drinks you’ll actually want to order on the reg.

The new Starbucks tea menu

Only available in Canada, Starbucks’ new tea lattes are made with “finely ground premium whole tea leaves,” or tea leaf powder (think matcha powder) instead of tea bags. The powders are supposed to impart more flavour and a luxurious mouthfeel, which, according to a Starbucks news release, is akin to “cashmere.” (OK, then.)

The new tea lattes come in three flavours: matcha (Starbucks’ matcha is now sugar-free), black (it tastes like English breakfast) and rooibos (which is caffeine-free). If you order one straight off the menu, it’ll come with steamed whole milk and cane sugar, but you can always customize it with dairy-free, non-fat or lactose-free milk. Be sure to ask for it unsweetened (or lightly sweetened) if you don’t want a mid-afternoon sugar rush.

Along with its new tea powders, Starbucks is debuting a blossoming rose tea latte. Don’t get too excited because this isn’t a true blossoming tea, it’s just a cute name. The drink comes with rooibos tea, steamed milk and rose syrup (it’s flavoured with rhubarb bitters and strawberry so it doesn’t taste “perfume-y”), but you can also get it with black tea or matcha.

So how do Starbucks’ tea lattes taste?

While I normally gravitate towards matcha, the black tea latte was the beverage I craved hours after trying it, likely because I’m a sucker for overly sweet, milky tea. The matcha latte was also yummy the rooibos tea latte had an almost floral flavour — a nice option for those who avoid caffeine.

As for the blossoming rose tea latte, I appreciate that it didn’t taste like a perfume bottle and with floral flavours trending, it’ll likely prove popular. But just like with other flavoured Starbucks lattes, it was just too teeth-achingly sweet.


The New Starbucks Lattes Are So Good You'll Actually Want To Order Them Every Day

The new Starbucks tea menu is in only available in Canada. Here's what's on it (tea lattes!), and what we'd order again.

By Amy Grief Updated February 27, 2018

It seems like Starbucks releases new, outrageous drinks every few months. From unicorn and zombie frappuccinos to sugary holiday bevvies, these over-the-top creations are one-time indulgences, not everyday pick-me-ups. Today, however, Starbucks introduced a new line of tea-based drinks you’ll actually want to order on the reg.

The new Starbucks tea menu

Only available in Canada, Starbucks’ new tea lattes are made with “finely ground premium whole tea leaves,” or tea leaf powder (think matcha powder) instead of tea bags. The powders are supposed to impart more flavour and a luxurious mouthfeel, which, according to a Starbucks news release, is akin to “cashmere.” (OK, then.)

The new tea lattes come in three flavours: matcha (Starbucks’ matcha is now sugar-free), black (it tastes like English breakfast) and rooibos (which is caffeine-free). If you order one straight off the menu, it’ll come with steamed whole milk and cane sugar, but you can always customize it with dairy-free, non-fat or lactose-free milk. Be sure to ask for it unsweetened (or lightly sweetened) if you don’t want a mid-afternoon sugar rush.

Along with its new tea powders, Starbucks is debuting a blossoming rose tea latte. Don’t get too excited because this isn’t a true blossoming tea, it’s just a cute name. The drink comes with rooibos tea, steamed milk and rose syrup (it’s flavoured with rhubarb bitters and strawberry so it doesn’t taste “perfume-y”), but you can also get it with black tea or matcha.

So how do Starbucks’ tea lattes taste?

While I normally gravitate towards matcha, the black tea latte was the beverage I craved hours after trying it, likely because I’m a sucker for overly sweet, milky tea. The matcha latte was also yummy the rooibos tea latte had an almost floral flavour — a nice option for those who avoid caffeine.

As for the blossoming rose tea latte, I appreciate that it didn’t taste like a perfume bottle and with floral flavours trending, it’ll likely prove popular. But just like with other flavoured Starbucks lattes, it was just too teeth-achingly sweet.


The New Starbucks Lattes Are So Good You'll Actually Want To Order Them Every Day

The new Starbucks tea menu is in only available in Canada. Here's what's on it (tea lattes!), and what we'd order again.

By Amy Grief Updated February 27, 2018

It seems like Starbucks releases new, outrageous drinks every few months. From unicorn and zombie frappuccinos to sugary holiday bevvies, these over-the-top creations are one-time indulgences, not everyday pick-me-ups. Today, however, Starbucks introduced a new line of tea-based drinks you’ll actually want to order on the reg.

The new Starbucks tea menu

Only available in Canada, Starbucks’ new tea lattes are made with “finely ground premium whole tea leaves,” or tea leaf powder (think matcha powder) instead of tea bags. The powders are supposed to impart more flavour and a luxurious mouthfeel, which, according to a Starbucks news release, is akin to “cashmere.” (OK, then.)

The new tea lattes come in three flavours: matcha (Starbucks’ matcha is now sugar-free), black (it tastes like English breakfast) and rooibos (which is caffeine-free). If you order one straight off the menu, it’ll come with steamed whole milk and cane sugar, but you can always customize it with dairy-free, non-fat or lactose-free milk. Be sure to ask for it unsweetened (or lightly sweetened) if you don’t want a mid-afternoon sugar rush.

Along with its new tea powders, Starbucks is debuting a blossoming rose tea latte. Don’t get too excited because this isn’t a true blossoming tea, it’s just a cute name. The drink comes with rooibos tea, steamed milk and rose syrup (it’s flavoured with rhubarb bitters and strawberry so it doesn’t taste “perfume-y”), but you can also get it with black tea or matcha.

So how do Starbucks’ tea lattes taste?

While I normally gravitate towards matcha, the black tea latte was the beverage I craved hours after trying it, likely because I’m a sucker for overly sweet, milky tea. The matcha latte was also yummy the rooibos tea latte had an almost floral flavour — a nice option for those who avoid caffeine.

As for the blossoming rose tea latte, I appreciate that it didn’t taste like a perfume bottle and with floral flavours trending, it’ll likely prove popular. But just like with other flavoured Starbucks lattes, it was just too teeth-achingly sweet.


The New Starbucks Lattes Are So Good You'll Actually Want To Order Them Every Day

The new Starbucks tea menu is in only available in Canada. Here's what's on it (tea lattes!), and what we'd order again.

By Amy Grief Updated February 27, 2018

It seems like Starbucks releases new, outrageous drinks every few months. From unicorn and zombie frappuccinos to sugary holiday bevvies, these over-the-top creations are one-time indulgences, not everyday pick-me-ups. Today, however, Starbucks introduced a new line of tea-based drinks you’ll actually want to order on the reg.

The new Starbucks tea menu

Only available in Canada, Starbucks’ new tea lattes are made with “finely ground premium whole tea leaves,” or tea leaf powder (think matcha powder) instead of tea bags. The powders are supposed to impart more flavour and a luxurious mouthfeel, which, according to a Starbucks news release, is akin to “cashmere.” (OK, then.)

The new tea lattes come in three flavours: matcha (Starbucks’ matcha is now sugar-free), black (it tastes like English breakfast) and rooibos (which is caffeine-free). If you order one straight off the menu, it’ll come with steamed whole milk and cane sugar, but you can always customize it with dairy-free, non-fat or lactose-free milk. Be sure to ask for it unsweetened (or lightly sweetened) if you don’t want a mid-afternoon sugar rush.

Along with its new tea powders, Starbucks is debuting a blossoming rose tea latte. Don’t get too excited because this isn’t a true blossoming tea, it’s just a cute name. The drink comes with rooibos tea, steamed milk and rose syrup (it’s flavoured with rhubarb bitters and strawberry so it doesn’t taste “perfume-y”), but you can also get it with black tea or matcha.

So how do Starbucks’ tea lattes taste?

While I normally gravitate towards matcha, the black tea latte was the beverage I craved hours after trying it, likely because I’m a sucker for overly sweet, milky tea. The matcha latte was also yummy the rooibos tea latte had an almost floral flavour — a nice option for those who avoid caffeine.

As for the blossoming rose tea latte, I appreciate that it didn’t taste like a perfume bottle and with floral flavours trending, it’ll likely prove popular. But just like with other flavoured Starbucks lattes, it was just too teeth-achingly sweet.


The New Starbucks Lattes Are So Good You'll Actually Want To Order Them Every Day

The new Starbucks tea menu is in only available in Canada. Here's what's on it (tea lattes!), and what we'd order again.

By Amy Grief Updated February 27, 2018

It seems like Starbucks releases new, outrageous drinks every few months. From unicorn and zombie frappuccinos to sugary holiday bevvies, these over-the-top creations are one-time indulgences, not everyday pick-me-ups. Today, however, Starbucks introduced a new line of tea-based drinks you’ll actually want to order on the reg.

The new Starbucks tea menu

Only available in Canada, Starbucks’ new tea lattes are made with “finely ground premium whole tea leaves,” or tea leaf powder (think matcha powder) instead of tea bags. The powders are supposed to impart more flavour and a luxurious mouthfeel, which, according to a Starbucks news release, is akin to “cashmere.” (OK, then.)

The new tea lattes come in three flavours: matcha (Starbucks’ matcha is now sugar-free), black (it tastes like English breakfast) and rooibos (which is caffeine-free). If you order one straight off the menu, it’ll come with steamed whole milk and cane sugar, but you can always customize it with dairy-free, non-fat or lactose-free milk. Be sure to ask for it unsweetened (or lightly sweetened) if you don’t want a mid-afternoon sugar rush.

Along with its new tea powders, Starbucks is debuting a blossoming rose tea latte. Don’t get too excited because this isn’t a true blossoming tea, it’s just a cute name. The drink comes with rooibos tea, steamed milk and rose syrup (it’s flavoured with rhubarb bitters and strawberry so it doesn’t taste “perfume-y”), but you can also get it with black tea or matcha.

So how do Starbucks’ tea lattes taste?

While I normally gravitate towards matcha, the black tea latte was the beverage I craved hours after trying it, likely because I’m a sucker for overly sweet, milky tea. The matcha latte was also yummy the rooibos tea latte had an almost floral flavour — a nice option for those who avoid caffeine.

As for the blossoming rose tea latte, I appreciate that it didn’t taste like a perfume bottle and with floral flavours trending, it’ll likely prove popular. But just like with other flavoured Starbucks lattes, it was just too teeth-achingly sweet.