Starbucks. Some love it, some don’t, but we can all agree that everyone loves whiskey. That’s why Starbucks’ new limited edition coffee has me buzzed, literally and figuratively.
The coffee giant is releasing a new, limited edition coffee aged in whiskey barrels after caving to the ceaseless demand for all things whiskey by people like you and myself. In their press release, they stated that the beans are “hand scooped” into a “freshly emptied barrel.” They said that they carefully “hand-rotate” the barrels so that all the beans come into contact with the remnants of the assumedly delicious whiskey. They then slow roast the beans to burn the alcohol off, but not to remove the whiskey flavors that the beans absorb. “The process takes time, care and patience, ensuring we deliver a distinct experience that stays true to the specialness of the coffee while imparting the complementary, distinguished flavor of the oak-aged barrel,” or so they said.
There are two drawbacks:
First, you don’t get the actual benefits of having actual whiskey in your coffee.
Second, at $10 for an 8oz cup’o’joe, it’s a bit on the pricey end.
That won’t stop us from hunting at least one cup down to see if it’s genius or gimmick. We’ll return with our verdict provided we can get our hands on a sample.
If you’ve tried it, let us know what you think!