The new drink is called the Cinnamon Shortbread Latte — or CSL, for short — and it's made by combining espresso with steamed milk and adding notes of brown butter and vanilla. Intended to give a similar spiciness to what you often taste in speculoos cookies, the CSL is finished with generous sprinkles of cinnamon and nutmeg.
We got a chance to try the new Cinnamon Shortbread Latte ahead of today's launch, and while it's undeniably delicious, we're not sure we'd sign-off on Starbucks' description of it as tasting like "cookie butter in a cup." To us, it simply tasted like a slightly-richer-than-usual cinnamon latte. Given Starbucks' successful history working with cookie butter, we're a little disappointed that this drink isn't literally a liquified version of the chain's drool-worthy Cookie Butter Bar, which was released back in 2017, but the CSL definitely still qualifies as a sweet treat.
You can try the new Cinnamon Shortbread Latte at Starbucks locations nationwide today, but the offering will only be around for a limited time, while supplies last, so see for yourself whether it lives up to cookie butter's good name.