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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!

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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!)...

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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...

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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?

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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!

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