Product Type: Starbucks Coffee
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Delicious gingerbread...but wrong in coffee
Starbucks Gingerbread Latte
Member Name: rosaliecullen
Starbucks Gingerbread Latte
Advantages: Nice cups!
Disadvantages: Didn't like the taste at all
To get me in the festive mood, I totally buy into the Starbucks Christmas branding and advertising. I'm a sucker for it. I love their Christmas packaging and photographs of gorgeous coffees (despite not loving coffee all that much - I hasten to add that Starbucks is my favourite posh coffee compared to Costa or Nero). After a number of years of looking longingly at the delicious Christmas special flavours of coffee available from Starbucks such as Toffee Nut, Eggnog and Gingerbread Latte, I decided to treat myself to a Gingerbread Latte. The latte is made up in the same was a normal late with a shot of Gingerbread syrup in the bottom - the coffee is normal coffee rather than gingerbread flavoured coffee. The coffee is then topped with whipped cream and a sprinkling of nutmeg. The latte comes in three standard sizes of Starbucks: Tall (small), Grande (medium) and Venti (large). Each have more calories than it is worth knowing about but it is worth saying that if you are on a diet, don't even contemplate any of them! Equally, they are as expensive as normal Starbucks lattes so look at spending ~£3+ for the smallest size.
Well for a starter, the latte came in a festive red cup which I loved from the start and felt really Christmassy holding as I perused the Christmas market. The smell of gingerbread coming from the cup was delicious and as I love gingerbread, I was sure to love the gingerbread latte. Except, I was wrong! After just a few sips it became apparent to me that smelling gingerbread and tasting gingerbread were different to drinking a gingerbread flavour. I'm a bit funny about things that don't taste quite right (such as fizzy water - just tastes wrong!) and this was no exception. I persevered with it for about a third of the cup and donated the rest to my dear old Dad who loved it! Obviously this was just a personal choice but after the big build up and the excitement of finally trying a gingerbread latte, I was left disappointed and decided I would have to stick to my usual Starbucks Mocha in future. It did taste very gingerbread-y so if you think you can stomach that in a drink or if you like ginger beer you'll probably love this although it did have a slightly fake chemically taste to it which I can only put down to being from the syrup. The coffee part of the drink tasted as good as usual with quite a smooth taste as it was going down (unlike Costa which seems to taste burnt to me).
The coffee isn't cheap nor good value for money but Starbucks is all about treating yourself really, particularly with one of the special coffees. In my opinion, the gingerbread latte tasted not very nice after the initial third of the cup and I'm sorry to say I won't be buying another one. I'll just have to look enviously at people with red Starbucks cups in the coming season.
Summary: Very subjective but I just didn't like the taste at all.