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Starbucks Black Sesame Tea Latte Review

Starbucks has just launched an exclusive new drink to Canadians only: the Starbucks Black Sesame Tea Latte. This is the first addition to the popular Teavana Tea Latte line-up introduced in Canada last year.

Starbucks Black Sesame Tea Latte Review


According to the company, the Starbucks Black Sesame Tea Latte was inspired by black sesame ice cream and halva (dense, sweet confections made with sesame butter and popular in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent).

The handcrafted drink features bold black tea steamed with milk (or alternate) and a rich, black sesame sauce. The result is a subtly sweet, nutty flavour profile. A signature black sesame praline, made with black sesame seeds and caramel bits, is sprinkled on top for a crunchy finish.


Short: 130 calories, 3 grams of fat, 10 mg of cholesterol, 90 mg of sodium, 21 grams of carbs, 5 grams of protein, and 25 mg of caffeine.

Tall: 210 calories, 5 grams of fat, 20 mg of cholesterol, 150 mg of sodium, 33 grams of carbs, 8 grams of protein, and 55 mg of caffeine.

Grande: 290 calories, 7 grams of fat, 25 mg of cholesterol, 200 mg of sodium, 45 grams of carbs, 11 grams of protein, and 85 mg of caffeine.

Venti: 370 calories, 9 grams of fat, 35 mg of cholesterol, 260 mg of sodium, 57 grams of carbs, 15 grams of protein, and 115 mg of caffeine.


A Short Starbucks Black Sesame Tea Latte is $4.55; Tall is $4.65; Grande is $5.15 calories; and Venti is $5.65. Based on Vancouver, Canada pricing.

Taste Taste

I found the Starbucks Black Sesame Tea Latte to have a nutty profile and to not be too sweet but still satisfying. I paired the Starbucks Black Sesame Tea Latte with a Double Chocolate Chunk Brownie.

Like all other Starbucks beverages, the Black Sesame Tea Latte is customizable for amount of syrup/sauce, tea powder, toppings, milk and so forth. I customized my drink to have Almond Beverage which went well with the Black Sesame latte as it also has nutty flavours.

For some extra crunch, ask for one or more shakes of the sesame praline. I just told the barista to stop shaking when there was enough.

Overall, I’d recommend giving the Starbucks Black Sesame Tea Latte a try for a warm, comforting sort of feel without too much caffeine.

Other Starbucks Teavana Tea Lattes

Launched last year, other Starbucks Teavana Tea Lattes varieties include Black, Matcha, Rooibos, and Blossoming Rose tea. These drinks feature powdered leaves blended with steamed whole milk (or alternate) and sweetened with cane sugar.

  • BLACK TEA: Features a malty and sweet blend sourced from India, Kenya, and Sri Lanka.  The flavour is bold and rich.  Ideal pairing with a blueberry scone.
  • MATCHA TEA: The blend is sourced from Japan, China, and Korea.  You’ll find subtle floral notes and a rich vegetal taste, with a sweet lingering finish.  Ideal pairing with a madeleine.
  • ROOIBOS TEA: Sourced from South Africa, this naturally caffeine-free herbal tea features a vanilla, honey-like aroma, with hints of caramel and malt for a slight sweetness. Ideal pairing with the mini vanilla dipped scone.
  • BLOSSOMING ROSE: Inspired by Japanese sakura tea, the Blossoming Rose Tea Latte has a true rose profile without being perfume-y.  They created a rose syrup that’s reminiscent of rose water and added rhubarb bitters and a hint of strawberry jam.

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