Thankfully Starbucks Canada responded to my question about the caffeine content via Twitter before I went to give them a shot. Only the Rooibos tea contains zero caffeine. Bummer because I much prefer black and even matcha over herbal but I was determined to give them a try.
My health has not been in the greatest shape but I did manage to get to a Starbucks and was inspired to discovered they had a blossoming rose tea latte to try!
Online it says “… Your choice of microground tea base, customized with layers of soft rose, rhubarb and strawberry notes, and a rosy sugar sprinkle.”
On the boards at the Starbucks we were at it said it was Rooibos and I mentioned needing decaf…
I was sad to discover this Starbucks location never received the rosy sugar sprinkles for this beverage! I also did not get a fancy glass for it so visually speaking it was a bit of a letdown.
Flavour wise? I was absolutely pleasantly surprised. It was way more delicious than I was expecting. You absolutely could taste the rose, rhubarb and strawberry notes without it being too perfume-y, thank goodness. It was extremely milky and not overly sweet for me but if you do not like sweet ask for half the sugar. If you do not like milk tea, you will not like this product. Me? I enjoyed every drop and was shocked that it was herbal tea.
The next day I woke up completely dizzy and had to spend the entire day in bed. I hope it is just a fluke and that they did not give me the black tea by accident. The last time I experienced this phenomenon was from a “decaf coffee” at Starbucks in Nova Scotia which clearly had caffeine. I will give the company the benefit of the doubt though and hope it is just a weird coincidence.
If you have issues with caffeine insist that you get the Rooibos version of this drink. If not, just get it. It tastes like a big mug of love, even without the rosy sugar sprinkles.
I give this product four out of five wooden spoons and must go back to bed before the room starts spinning again.