In full disclosure, I’m not really a tea drinker. I’ve always been a coffee addict. However, I have a new-found appreciation for tea and tea-based drinks. For starters, I can’t resist a good iced tea. I also love tea-based cocktails—if you haven’t tried one yet, I suggest you do next time you hit a craft cocktail bar. Lately, I’ve also been drinking hot tea, if only to help with my digestion after over-eating yet again when I’m supposed to be on a strict wedding diet.
My favorite is the Starbucks Teavana Emperor’s Clouds & Mist Green Tea, which has light, toasty-sweet notes. I don’t even add honey to it. It soothes me, so I like drinking it before bed.
I’m glad Starbucks finally launched Teavana in Asia last year, bringing its modern tea experience brand to Asia for the first time. And now, at least for a limited time, we can also all enjoy the new Starbucks Teavana Frozen Teas.
These refreshing, icy-smooth handcrafted beverages combine the finest Teavana teas and botanical blends with premium ingredients like Kyoho “giant mountain grapes”—a popular variety from Japan known for its distinctive sweetness and generous size—and pomegranate pearls, and are packed with antioxidants. Starbucks Teavana Frozen Teas have been developed exclusively for customers across Asia.
Commenting on the growing interest in frozen beverages, Davina Patel, global food and drink analyst at Mintel, the global market intelligence agency that follows food and beverage trends in Asia, said: “Our research shows that consumers in Asia continue to gravitate toward beverages with textural and visual appeal, which has led to a growing interest in frozen products. Moreover, consumers are increasingly exploring the world of tea through flavor and variety, with preference shifting toward botanical teas such as herbs, fruits, and spices.” Well, I also think it’s because it’s so hot and humid here, especially in Manila, no matter what season!
Starbucks Teavana Frozen Teas are available in two flavors, as well as in Iced Shaken format, for P150 (Tall), P165 (Grande), and P180 (Venti).
Starbucks Teavana Frozen Hibiscus Tea with Pomegranate Pearls
The Starbucks Teavana Frozen Hibiscus Tea with Pomegranate Pearls combines floral notes of hibiscus flowers and rose petals with the tropical flavors of papaya and mango, enhanced with hints of cinnamon and lemongrass. The beverage is topped with glistening, jewel-like pearls of lightly sweet and tart real pomegranate juice that burst on the tongue.
Starbucks Teavana Frozen Chamomile Tea with Kyoho Grape and Aloe
There’s also Starbucks Teavana Frozen Chamomile Tea with Kyoho Grape and Aloe, made with soothing chamomile tea that’s blended with honey white grape puree and bits of aloe to deliver a cool, lightly sweet taste. The beverage is generously topped with skinned and pitted whole Kyoho grapes for a distinct texture and visual appeal.
Ham and Cheese on Dutch Crepe
Both drinks will go perfectly with two new savory food items from Starbucks: Ham and Cheese on Dutch Crepe (P165), a mouth-watering marriage of different flavors brought by the soft, chewy, and sweet Dutch Crepe filled with ham and cheese; and Tuna Melt on Croissant Baguette (P170), made with cheesy tuna on croissant baguette, topped with melted cheese. I liked Starbucks’ Dutch crepe with bacon, and I always enjoy any tuna melt sandwich, so these two versions are shoo-in faves.
Tuna Melt on Croissant Baguette
And you know what you should use to purchase all these from the Starbucks branch nearest you? The new Maple Leaf Starbucks Card that comes in four colorful options: vivid shades of red, orange, green, and purple that all enhance the assorted maple leaf design of the Starbucks Card. It’s available for an initial activation amount of P1,000 per card.
For more information about these new items, visit starbucks.ph.