Review of Starbucks Chamomile Blend Herbal Infusion Tea

I popped into Starbucks the other day with a friend to catch up and enjoy a nice hot drink. My friend had her usual coffee and I opted for their peppermint tea. I am trying to reduce my caffeine intake and find their peppermint tea hits the spot nicely. Instead what I got was a green spearmint tea, er not quiet the same. I explained the error to the barista who apologised and explained that they had run out of peppermint tea and I had been given this instead. I politely explained that I had hoped for a caffeine free tea and opted for their chamomile instead.

I tend to have the small mugs in Starbucks as they are always seem large to me. The tea looked promising I could clearly see all of its various ingredients in the teabag. What was noticeable was the lack of aroma, there really wasn’t one even one. I was a tad disappointed by this. I sipped the tea and well there was no real flavour evident it was bland and weak. I do like a chamomile tea but this I would struggle to say it smelt or tasted as a chamomile tea should. I left it for a few minutes to allow the tea to infuse with the hot water. Still no aroma from the mug, I even got my friend to give it a sniff and they noted the same. There was however a faint taste of chamomile slightly grassy is how I would describe it, but nothing that excited my taste buds. I found it to be a tad bland.

I’m sorry Starbucks but I was really disappointed by this chamomile tea. It simply lacked any aroma or flavour. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who wishes to try a herbal or caffeine free tea. I will be sticking to your peppermint tea, it is so much nicer.


  1. Glitter and Tea
    March 4, 2016 / 3:07 pm

    Does Starbucks have dairy – free alternatives for their chai teas/anything else that has milk or cream? I know I went to one local coffee shop and they actually asked me what kind of milk I wanted. That was a pleasant surprise!

    • March 4, 2016 / 3:18 pm

      Hi, I believe they do. I think they have both soya and coconut milk. Whilst waiting for my tea I saw a barista using soya milk which had its own labelled jug and was dealt with away from the rest of the milk. So all appeared to be ok. I don’t have any milks in my teas but it’s great to see more dairy free choices available.

  2. PopularIsWrong
    March 4, 2016 / 5:37 pm

    I recently tired this tea as well and it’s by far the worst tea I’ve ever had, so I agree with your experience.

    • March 4, 2016 / 5:55 pm

      Hi, thanks for taking the time to read my post. It’s nice to know that I am not the only person who was disappointed by this tea.

  3. March 5, 2016 / 4:15 pm

    Hi Jen, thanks for reading my post. It also took me a while to like chamomile tea. I normally find it very soothing and I often have it before I go to sleep. It’s just a shame it wasn’t that this one wasn’t soothing.

    • March 6, 2016 / 10:12 am

      Hi Maricela, thank you very much for your kind nomination. Much appreciated, Chloe.

  4. March 8, 2016 / 12:40 am

    Thanks for liking my post about organic peachy green tea. I’m sorry you have had such a bad chamomile tea experience. I don’t know if I have ever had chamomile tea without an aroma. It is supposed to smell a bit like apples, Celestial Seasonings and Stash both make nice chamomile teas. I haven’t tried Starbucks,

    • March 8, 2016 / 7:12 am

      Hi, thanks for reading my post and your kind comments.I like your description of the tea. It certainly doesn’t match that of the chamomile tea I tried.

  5. March 13, 2016 / 8:09 am

    Hello, thanks for reading my tea post.
    Having a disappointing cup of tea while you’re out is just so very…disappointing!
    I had a cup of English Breakfast at Carluccio’s at the airport which was so bitter and metallic tasting I thought I’d over brewed the tea. I asked for an Earl Grey and only steeped it briefly but it had the same weird taste. Very disappointing and bizarre that a restaurant should choose such an awful brand of tea. Hey Ho.

    • March 13, 2016 / 8:29 am

      Hi, I can’t think of anything worse than having a horrid cup of tea before getting on a plane. I always have a large earl grey because I know it will be a long time before I can enjoy a nice cup of tea again. You never get a nice cup of tea on a plane. I know to avoid this chain next time I fly then. Did you manage to get a nice tea elsewhere before you flew ?

  6. March 16, 2016 / 6:51 am

    this happened to me just last week. i was at starbucks and decided to try their peppermint blend tea. but they ran out and offered spearmint green tea instead. that was a disappointment. if i knew, i would have stick to my regular choice of vanilla rooibos tea. although, that too not always available.

    • March 16, 2016 / 6:53 am

      Hi, how frustrating. I thought it was probably just a one of that happened to me. I understand that they may run out out of a certain tea but they should be honest about this and offer an alternative, Chloe.

      • March 17, 2016 / 6:04 am

        well, they were honest about it. and then offered me the spearmint green tea instead. and i agreed to it. but i was disappointed with the resulting steep. it tasted generic. the strength of the mint wasn’t enough to my liking.

        • March 17, 2016 / 6:29 am

          I think. Must have just been unlucky. I’m glad I didn’t have the green mint tea it doesn’t sound like it was a strong refreshing mint tea, Chloe.

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