Review: Starbucks holiday drinks

Sky Barratt, Staff Writer

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The Christmas season is one of the most well-loved times of the year. It’s a time filled with family, love, and laughter; cheeks turned rosy by the flurry-filled air, and blankets wrapped around cold bodies, hot drinks in hand. I think we can all agree that said drink is important.

Usually when someone wants a warm drink, their first thought is Starbucks. Starbucks is a massive staple in today’s world and Christmas is a big deal for Starbucks, as it is for most establishments. They sell a handful of  special drinks only during the holidays and these drinks are what usually come to mind around this time. So I’ve fallen on the sword for everyone and done what I’m sure you all would hate so much: I’ve taste-tested three Starbucks Holiday drinks so you don’t have to.

First was the Caramel Brulee Latte. This one wasn’t my favorite, but it was by no means bad. At first, the caramel taste wasn’t as apparent. It was warm and creamy with a kind of milky, spicy, warm taste. The aftertaste was much more caramelly than the original drink itself. It literally felt like it was coating the roof of my mouth and my tongue, which I didn’t like all that much. It didn’t taste specifically like a holiday drink, but the warmth and creaminess of the drink definitely makes it a great cold weather beverage and made up for the aftertaste.

The second drink was the Chestnut Praline Latte. I definitely liked this one. This one genuinely reminded me of sitting by a warm fire on a dark night. It was warm and rich with a strong roasted chestnut flavor and the subtle aftertaste of Christmas spices. It added more depth and flavor to the next gulp that warmed my throat and stomach. This was definitely the most Christmassy of the three drinks.

Lastly was the Peppermint Mocha. This has been a long time favorite for me. However, I am a huge peppermint fan and I know lots of people who aren’t mint fans, so for you folks, I’d strongly encourage the Chestnut Praline. And also, you guys are missing out. This drink is creamy and chocolatey with smooth peppermint flavors and subtle coffee undertones. If you’re not a huge coffee person, the coffee tastes are mostly covered by pepperminty tastes rather than bitter ones, so I’d encourage giving it a try! This is the perfect Christmas and cold weather drink. Definitely a holiday staple and one of the best parts about this time of year for me.

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