Our Honest Review of Starbucks New Lavender Drinks


We can feel the spring vibes slowly coming back. The sun is shining more, flowers are beginning to bloom and Starbucks has released two new drinks that have spring-like flavours written all over them. This spring it’s all about lavender at Starbucks. Read on for everything you need to know about the new Starbucks lavender drinks, our honest review plus learn about a former spring drink favourite that is making a big return.


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What are the lavender drinks at Starbucks?

According to Patrick Penny, a lead beverage developer at Starbucks, lavender has been a popular request from Starbucks partners. After a trip to a lavender farm in Washington state, the Starbucks beverage development team was inspired to create two lavender drinks, perfect for spring: the Iced Lavender Cream Oat Matcha and the Lavender Oat Latte. Starbucks says they are “introducing lavender to the spring menu as the latest innovation and unique experience that brings floral hues and delicate aroma with every sip.”

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Iced Lavender Cream Oat Matcha

Iced Lavender Cream Oat Matcha is a smooth and creamy matcha with oat beverage poured over ice and topped with the new lavender cream cold foam. Patrick says that “when creating the new Iced Lavender Cream Oat Matcha, [they] wanted to capture the uplifting energy of spring in a cup.” The visuals of this beverage are enough to do just that. The light green from the matcha and the pastel purple from the lavender cream cold foam resemble a field of lavender blooming. It is absolutely gorgeous but how does it taste? We must admit that before we tried this drink, we were not the biggest matcha fans. However, this spring bevvy has changed that! The lavender cream cold foam neutralizes the matcha a bit, making for a creamy and sweet sip. Sometimes lavender drinks can be super floral and taste almost soap-like, but that is not the case here. It’s sweet and refreshing! We would love to try the lavender cream cold foam on top of a cold brew or iced coffee.

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Lavender Oat Latte

The Lavender Oat Latte (which is available both iced and hot) includes the sweet lavender flavour with Starbucks Blonde Espresso and the oat beverage. Blonde espresso is also used in the Oleato (olive oil) coffee and the famous Brown Sugar Oat Shaken Espresso. It is smooth and sweet so it blends well with lots of flavours including lavender. This beverage is slightly more floral than the Iced Lavender Cream Oat Matcha but we still enjoy it! While we love an iced latte, the lavender does blend a bit better in the hot latte in our opinion. It melts perfectly with the oat beverage and it brings out the sweetness of the Blonde Espresso even more. We can definitely see ourselves sipping both versions of this sweet, creamy, floral latte all spring long.

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How much are the Starbucks Lavender drinks?

Depending on your region, a grande Iced Lavender Cream Oat Matcha or a grande Lavender Oat Latte retails for about $6.

Where can I find the Starbucks Lavender drinks?

You can order the Starbucks Iced Lavender Cream Oat Matcha and the Lavender Oat Latte in-store or through the Starbucks app.


Does Starbucks have any other spring drinks?

Starbucks is bringing back a fan-favourite spring drink, and it’s here to stay! The Iced Strawberry Matcha Oat Tea Latte has returned to the Starbucks drink lineup and will now be a permanent menu item, exclusively available in Canada. “It is clear customers love the taste of matcha and strawberry together as we add the Iced Strawberry Oat Matcha Tea Latte to Starbucks menus in Canada,” said Matthew Thorton, Starbucks senior product developer. “Combining the grounded earthiness of matcha, that first bite into a ripe, juicy strawberry with subtle notes of cucumber and a hint of lemon delivers a refreshing beverage that can now be enjoyed year-round.” A grande Iced Strawberry Matcha Oat Tea Latte retails for about $6.

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