Exclusive new tea drink debuts at Starbucks in Canada


Even if coffee isn’t your thing, Starbucks hates to leave anyone thirsty, which is why the multinational chain has been focused on expanding their beverage lineup in recent years. Now Canadians can smugly sip a new tea latte exclusive to our market: the Teavana Black Sesame Tea Latte.

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Photo courtesy Starbucks Canada

The new tea, milk, and flavouring bev hits Starbucks Canada Tuesday, March 5, and the drink marks the first addition to the Teavana tea latte line-up that debuted in Canada last year, promising a “hug in a cup.”

Starbucks says the drink “packs global appeal” thanks to its use of a black sesame sauce paired with steamed milk (or non-dairy milk) and black tea. The flavour, says the coffee chain, was “inspired by black sesame ice cream and halva,” – two trendy global flavours and iterations of sesame fused here as one boost to a tea drink. They finish the drink with a black sesame praline on top, made of black sesame seeds and caramel bits.

Curious? For those who want to shake up their ‘bux routine, it’s on the menu now in Canada only.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom