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Can Starbucks' Own Cinnamon Shortbread Latte - Or CSL - Dethrone Its PSL?

Starbucks goers are abuzz with excitement for the company’s newest flavor that was unveiled on January 8th, which the company calls “shortbread made sippable.”

The Cinnamon Shortbread Latte - fittingly dubbed “CSL” - is available now, featuring Starbucks' signature espresso, steamed milk, and brown butter and vanilla flavoring, finished off with a dusting of cinnamon and nutmeg on top. The drink is available hot, iced, or blended as a Frappuccino.

If you are looking to stay on top of your 2019 diet goals, you may want to steer clear, as Starbucks’ cookie syrup is made with cream and real butter. That is part of its charm though. What is a cookie without cream and butter?

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The Recipe gave Starbucks’ Cinnamon Shortbread Latte a taste, and though it is hyperbole to state that the drink will become the next Pumpkin Spice Latte (“PSL”), the Cinnamon Shortbread Latte is delicious in its own right.

The flavor of the latte more closely resembles that of a milk steamer than a latte. And that’s not a bad thing. The subtlety of the flavors blend well together without being too overwhelming or sweet. The drink’s association with “cookie butter” is also pretty spot on with its unexpectedly pleasant velvety texture, as well as the fact that after just one sip, you may find it hard to put the drink down.

The drink is definitely tasty enough to do well as a permanent menu item, but saying that the CSL will dethrone the Pumpkin Spice Latte is a bit laughable. However, if you are in need of a warm up from the grasp of winter’s frigid temperatures, Starbucks’ Cinnamon Shortbread Latte may just be the quick pick-me-up you need.

Be sure to act fast if you want a taste though. No official end date has been given, but the Starbucks’ Cinnamon Shortbread Latte is listed as available for a limited time, and will only remain in stores while supplies last.

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