Icy, refreshing, and packed with anti-oxidants: meet the new Starbucks Teavana Frozen Teas

Starbucks Philippines has announced their two new handcrafted Teavana Frozen Teas: the Hibiscus Tea with Pomegranate Pearls (the pearls burst on your tongue and then you smile like a kid!) and Chamomile Tea with Kyoho Grape and Aloe (has a cool, lightly sweet but refreshing taste). Both will be available in iced shaken format for a limited time only, from September 12 to November 1.

The Starbucks Chamomile Tea with Kyoho Grape and Aloe (above left) has a distinct texture and is made with honey white grape puree with aloe and topped whole Kyoho grapes that are both big on size and unique sweetness. The Starbucks Hibiscus Tea with Pomegranate Pearls (above right) combines hibiscus, tropical papaya, and mango (plus hints of cinnamon and lemongrass), complemented with pomegranate pearls that burst on your tongue.

Prices upon availability starting September 12: Tall P150 | Grande P165 | Venti P180.

The unveiling of the new Frozen Teas follows the momentum of Teavana’s launch last year, a move that brought Starbucks modern tea experience to Asia. Both the Hibiscus Tea with Pomegranate Pearls and Chamomile Tea with Kyoho Grape and Aloe combine the finest Teavana teas and botanical blends with premium ingredients; are icy, refreshing, and packed with anti-oxidants; and offer a distinct look and satisfies the preference of tea-lovers for botanical teas such as herbs, fruits, and spices

The announcement was made last September 2 at the spacious Starbucks store at Macapagal Boulevard, Paranaque City.

There bloggers and media representatives were treated to relaxing afternoon punctuated by a pouch-design contest along with demo’s by baristas on the process of making iced shaken format Teavana teas (see one blogger in action, below).

Jeman Villanueva of orangemagazine.ph is shadowed by a barista as he makes his own Teavana Frozen Tea.

The result is a barista-approved Hibiscus Tea with Pomegranate Pearls.

I made one, too, and it was already half-full when I remembered to take a photo. You now know which of the two Frozen Teas is my favorite.

Early Access Promo for Starbucks Card Holders

Starbucks Card customers can avail of both Teavana Frozen Teas – ahead of the public launch on September 12 – by paying through their Starbucks Card from September 9 to 11.

For more info, visit www.starbucks.ph.

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.