For the record, while I like Starbucks coffee I very rarely get the frappuccinos. They’re totally loaded with sugar, which I try to keep my intake of very limited for the most part. But today I was feeling saucy, and craving that blend of caffeine + something sweet + something cold and mushy and set out with the intention of getting a caramel frappuccino as a rare treat and dietary cheat.
When I got to the Starbucks drive-thru, they were advertising a new drink called the “Smoked Butterscotch Latte”, available either as a hot drink or a frappuccino. I decided in the moment I’d give it a try instead.
Well, I’ve never actually heard of smoked butterscotch before, but it tastes exactly like it sounds. “Smoked” can be a great flavor for meats and cheeses and such. But for something sweet and syrupy like butterscotch, especially in a cold drink, “smokiness” is just not a taste I want to add to that. It almost tasted like I was drinking something that had been burned. Maybe it works better in the hot version of the drink, but I won’t bother trying it. It was not good.
I give it 2 stars out of 5, only because it wasn’t the worst thing ever. While I’m sure it might be appealing to someone out there, I would not recommend.