THE STARBUCKS TEAVANA DEFENSE WELLNESS BREWED TEA is one of Starbucks’ three new Wellness Teas, and it’s the only white tea of the bunch.

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Let’s start with Starbucks’ description of the Teavana Defense Wellness Brewed Tea: 

“Put your guard up with the Vitamin C found in this revitalizing blend of white tea, which includes notes of uplifting citrus and lemongrass”

  • Here’s Teavana’s description:
    • “Bolster your defense system with the positive powers of vitamin C, along with white tea and blackberry leaves, deliciously combined with notes of lime, pineapple and orange. Made with natural ingredients.”
    • “Tasting Notes: Zesty orange, lemon & lemongrass with hints of cinnamon & ginger, softened with a white tea finish.”

My Recommendation

The Citrus Defender (a tea-lemonade drink featuring the Defense Wellness brewed tea) highlighted how well lemonade paired with the cinnamon in this tea, so if you’re drinking this at home, I’d recommend adding a little lemon.

My Experience 

This tea is much more aromatic than it is flavorful. I tasted mostly cinnamon and lemongrass, with a tiny bit of orange peel. The overall flavor is extremely mild, and I couldn’t taste much of the tea itself, which isn’t surprising for a white tea. I like my tea strong, so I’d probably add an extra tea bag or two next time.


This tea isn’t bad. Without additional lemon, this tea is, for me, basically a light cinnamon tea. If you want a lightly-spicy white tea in your life, give this a shot.


Nutritional Information (Courtesy of For the Grande Standard-Recipe Starbucks Teavana Defense Wellness Brewed Tea:

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (16 fl oz)
Calories 10Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 5mg0%
Total Carbohydrate 3g1%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Sugars 2g
Protein 0g
Caffeine 40mg**
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
**Each caffeine value is an approximate value.

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