Taste-Test

We Tried Starbucks' New Tiramisu Latte

starbucks tiramisu latte
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Over a year ago, Starbucks began testing a drink that combined all the best parts of the dessert menu (coffee, cake) into one super-beverage. And after a warm reception in St. Louis and Jacksonville, the Tiramisu Latte is now taking the national stage. Starting today, the drink (and its returning buddy the Caramel Flan Latte) will be available in Starbucks stores across the country. Being enthusiastic consumers of the original tiramisu, we decided to give this latte a spin. Fair warning: it does not come with complimentary ladyfingers. But it does have a healthy dose of mascarpone.

The ingredients

 Based off a customer suggestion, the recipe features a simple combo of steamed milk, mascarpone syrup, and espresso -- topped with a sprinkling of cocoa espresso powder.

Starbucks tiramisu latte
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The taste

Even just popping off the lid, you can tell this is going to be a bold beverage. The odor, which features notes of melted cake frosting, invades a 10ft perimeter in mere seconds. It's not pungent per se, but it's present.

Sure enough, the first sip is a pure sugar rush. As the scent would suggest, this mainly tastes like the creamy middle portion of a standard tiramisu -- which makes sense, since that's got a ton of mascarpone in it. Of course there's a hint of espresso, too, but it's definitely driving backseat to this mascarpone milk.

The cocoa espresso powder is a nice touch, though it's gone by the fourth or fifth sip. At which point you're back to the sugary base. You might be pleased with this situation if you think the Snickers milkshake could use some extra Sweet'N Low. But unless you've got a major sweet tooth, you're going to have a hard time adjusting to this guy.
 

The verdict

On paper, a tiramisu latte sounds like a no-brainer. Espresso is already a key component to the dessert, so why not turn it into a drink? But in practice, this super-sweet latte gives Fun Dip a run for its money. People who hoard flavored K-Cups will be into it. Everyone else probably won't be. But we could be wrong -- tell us what you think in the comments.

Kristin Hunt is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and will be tasting sugar for days. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.