What Starbucks's New 'Real' Pumpkin Spice Latte Really Tastes Like

It's 90 degrees out with 61 percent humidity. What better time to try out Starbucks's new Pumpkin Spice Latte, now with REAL pumpkin? It just came out yesterday, which means we ran out to try it so you don't have to until October. Can you EVEN wait that long?

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As you may recall, when last we heard of the iconic fall drink it was loaded with the dreaded artificial pumpkin flavoring. Not only was there no REAL, actual pumpkin in there, the PSL contains caramel coloring, which according to lab rats and Food Babe blogger Vani Hari could obliterate the entire human race. Something must be done! And so, Starbucks decided to change its recipe and inject their lattes with something no one actually wants in their coffee, if they stop and think about it: pumpkin.

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What does that taste like? Off to our local Starbucks to find out. We'll ignore the cognitive dissonance of seeing this on the door that divides a hot, steamy, sunny day outside from the air-conditioning indoors.

Yeah, I'll say. WARMLY. A little too warm, if you ask me. I was dreading the prospect of drinking hot liquid pumpkin pie on a day like today but lo and behold, you can get the PSL on ice. I'm saved!

You know... iced Pumpkin Spice Latte is everything that's wrong with the world today.

I ordered one anyway. 

As you can see, it's more orange than before. I think it was a bit more of an ocher in years past. And yes, it does taste more pumpkin-y. My son (yeah, I give my 11-year-old sweetened fake coffee drinks sometimes, so what?) said he thought the flavor was about one-fifth pumpkin. I also picked up on more umami, not quite savory, but possibly less sugary-sweet than the original. Not bad! Also not something I need to taste ever again.

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This drink will please no one.

Die-hard fans will gnash their teeth at being denied their autumnal taste of nostalgia. And people who are trying it for the first time will wonder why we should drink this stuff when there's that much tastier salted caramel mocha.

But who cares what the salted caramel fans think? Love is love, and you can't keep PSL and its fans apart. So go on, try it. You'll probably still like it. And it'll still go perfectly with your sweater, scarf, and seasonally correct boyfriend.

The real question is: Are YOU real enough for the new real Pumpkin Spice Latte?

 

Images via Maridav/shutterstock; starbucks/Instagram; Adriana Velez

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