HOME > Chowhound > Chains >

Discussion

Starbucks Iced Tea

Has anyone else noticed that the formula for Starbucks iced tea has changed? Iced tea is my drink of choice :-) and the previous version at Starbucks was better than I could make at home. Now it tastes no better than any other adequate version, but not as good as home brewed.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. No. I ask for not sweet and no water added. All three flavors (black, green and passion) are crisp, clear and strong.

    1. I work for them and I've not heard of a recipe change.

      DT

      2 Replies
      1. re: Davwud

        I also get it unsweetened.

        I emailed corporate website and was told that Tazo changed the formula for the black iced tea that I used to love. I always thought that there was a touch of bergamot in the black iced tea, but no more.

      2. I decided to try out my theory that Starbuck's previous version of black iced tea had bergamot in it so I bought a box of Tazo Earl Gray and made yesterday's batch of iced tea with half Tazo Earl Gray and half Tazo Awake. It tasted just like the iced tea that I remember.

        1. I can't tell a difference. The shaken black iced tea with half sweetener is what I order. It is always perfect.

          1. Yes, it has definitely changed! I drink the black iced tea unsweetened, no water and light ice. I even went to several different locations and it is not the same as it used to be. I asked the barista at one location and she said that it's the same Tazo blend. I will be writing to Starbucks requesting that they change it back, the new one is not good.

            I bought the original version to make at home and it tastes identical:
            http://www.starbucksstore.com/product...

            I am not sure if this is what they replaced the black tea in the store with:
            http://www.starbucksstore.com/product...

            1 Reply
            1. re: elysegabrielle

              I am not sure. I didn't think that it even tasted like Tazo tea. IMO, it tasted like the stuff you get at most places that sell a lot of iced tea that is ok but not great.