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    We Compared Starbucks' New Pumpkin Spice Drink To Their PSL And Here's What We Thought

    Did we FALL for it?

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    It's officially September, so you know what that means: school is back in session, summer's almost officially over, and most important of all...PUMPKIN SPICED LATTES ARE BACK ON THE STARBUCKS MENU!


    But the autumn gods have blessed us this year because there's a new Pumpkin Spice beverage, the Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte! / Via @decembermonologue

    How would it stack up to the original PSL? There was only one way to find out...GIVE IT THE OL' COLLEGE TRY!


    First up, we had to sip sip bish on the original PSL (and crazy enough, it was Krista's FIRST time drinking a Pumpkin Spice Latte!)...


    Sam: I haven't had a Pumpkin Spice Latte in a long ass time, so I was intrigued to jog my taste buds. I usually gravitate to non-flavored Starbucks beverages — I want to feel like I'm mainlining on caffeine. But this definitely tastes like coffee, and it's not overpowering in its sweetness. We stan.

    Krista: First off, let me say I hate creamy, sweet coffee drinks, so that's why I’ve never actually tried the PSL. When I go to Starbucks, I just want something strong and cold, and the PSL does NOT strike me as something that is going to give me that. That being said, I love anything and everything pumpkin so I was actually excited to finally try it!

    The verdict? We're DTS (down to sip).

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    Sam: I might need to put on my Ugg boots before ordering one of these, but the Pumpkin Spice Latte really is a decent bevvy.

    Krista: This was better than I expected actually! So, even if you hate super sweet coffee drinks like me, as long as you love pumpkin flavor you will love this! Also – not that I am worried about calories – but I did look it up and my typical Iced Americano is 15 calories and the PSL is a whopping 380 for the grande.

    Then, with the taste of a Pumpkin Spice Latte still lingering on our tongues, we tried the Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte...


    Sam: Honestly, this felt a little like drinking a Yankee Candle (not in a bad way, it's just a very distinct autumn flavor!) As someone who prefers their Starbucks beverages taste more like diesel fuel than dessert, I wasn't as big of a fan. I will say, if you're a sweet tooth...this might be a good pumpkin option for you!

    Krista: This one totally had that ~chai~ aftertaste, which isn’t bad, I just wasn’t really into it. The best way to describe it is to think of a PSL with a splash of chai. That literally was the only difference to me.

    Unfortunately...we weren't as into the new drink.

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    Sam: Sorry Starbucks, daddy needs his caffeine — I'm sticking to coffee beverages.

    Krista: Dear Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte, you're not the worst thing I’ve ever had, but you're also not the best.

    OK, so who else is thirsty for some autumn realness?


    Sam: Final verdict? Coffee addicts should order the PSL, and sweet tooth sippers get the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Everyone wins!

    Krista: Stick with the original PSL!! No, but seriously, if you absolutely love chai, give the Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte a try! Keep on keepin’ on you pumpkin lovers!