Taste Test: Starbucks Strawberry Pie Pure Cream Frappuccino and Matcha Latte
Is the matcha and strawberry pie flavour combination a hit or a miss?
Starbucks added new strawberry pie-flavoured beverages to its existing springtime menu on Wednesday (Mar 22).
The three new beverages – the Strawberry Pie Cream Frappuccino, Strawberry Pie Pure Matcha Latte and the Strawberry Pie Pure Matcha Frappuccino – are topped with light pink strawberry pie-flavoured cream foam or whipped cream, with a strawberry butter cookie crumble topping.
The Strawberry Pie Cream Frappuccino comprises a creamy berry blend of strawberry pie-flavoured syrup, milk, and a swirl of crunchy butter strawberry cookie.
Starbucks describes the Strawberry Pie Pure Matcha Latte as a combination of Pure Matcha flavour balanced with milk and strawberry pie-flavoured syrup. It is available as a hot or iced handcrafted beverage.
This is not the first time Starbucks Singapore has incorporated both strawberry and matcha flavours into one drink, with the Strawberry Dream Pure Matcha Latte having been launched on Mar 23, 2022.
Never having tried any of Starbucks’ strawberry matcha concoctions before, I visited Starbucks’ Toa Payoh HDB Hub outlet to try out its new offerings. However, I was admittedly not blown away by the experience.
The frappuccino had a sweet vanilla flavour, with a slightly creamy texture thanks to the addition of whipped cream.
Strangely, for a beverage with “Strawberry Pie” in its name, the frappuccino tasted more like a frothy cup of ice-blended milk. The strawberry pie flavour was largely in the background – almost undetectable.
Due to the lack of strawberry flavour, it reminded me more of a sweet vanilla frappuccino. With that said, milk lovers or those with a sweet tooth might still enjoy the drink.
The hot Strawberry Pie Pure Matcha Latte possesses a strong milk taste, with the pure matcha flavour overpowering the strawberry taste.
Personally, the drink evoked a sense of nostalgia in me as it was reminiscent of a cup of warm sweet milk that I would have right before bedtime as a child.
The iced version, on the other hand, has a much milder matcha and strawberry taste compared to the hot version. It seemed as though it was watered down despite having just been prepared.
Overall, this addition to Starbucks’ existing selection is not much to miss out on. Those looking for other strawberry-flavoured options can consider the recent permanent addition to the Refreshers series – the Pink Drink.