I Tried the New Oatmilk Honey Latte at Starbucks That’s Only Available in the Midwest

updated Jan 9, 2020
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This week Starbucks came out with two new coffee drinks for their permanent menu: the Almondmilk Honey Flat White and the Coconutmilk Latte. What you might not have heard, however, is that the coffee giant also came out with a third drink — but it’s only available in select states in the Midwest. What’s the magical drink? The Oatmilk Honey Latte, which makes sense since oat milk has become the hottest, trendiest dairy-free alternative milk on the market.

And since I happen to live in Chicago (which today feels BRUTAL due to the “real-feel” chill of 8 degrees), I am truly blessed, because that means I get to try it. The drink is available at 1,300 stores across Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

What Is the Drink Exactly?

The new dairy-free Oatmilk Honey Latte has shots of Starbucks Blonde Espresso with a touch of sweet honey and steamed oat milk, and then it is completed with a tasty toasted honey topping to round it all out. Intrigued? Well, you should be.

My Thoughts

I have to be honest: It wasn’t bad, but I also didn’t love it as much as the other two new options that are available nationwide. So it makes sense that those two were chosen to go into all locations and this one is just for the Midwest region. (Maybe the Midwest is super into oat milk or toasted toppings? Who knows!)

The drink has a subtle honey flavor; you really can’t taste it much! There is some nice frothiness and cream on the top, but not as much as was in the Coconutmilk Latte. And it’s not as honey-tasting and sweet as the Almondmilk Honey Flat White, but it somehow has more calories in a grande serving (almost 100 calories more).

My Takeaway

Overall it is not a sugar bomb drink (wooo!) and it’s honestly not bad for a daily beverage in terms of taste, nutrition, and flavor. But it’s also not something I’d recommend to others as this amazing Starbucks latte that’ll start your morning off on a high note. Instead, I’d say go with the other two options you can find anywhere.