Hello Underdogs, hope you are having a great week! I am a bit behind this week due to some personal trauma, but I figured it’s better late than never when it comes to this awesome blog! During the Fall, a whole lot of products come out and that includes drinks. I decided to try two pre-made drinks that I got from Kroger. I want to let you know, that both of these products were free because Kroger has free items of the week. Since I didn’t pick up one right away, I was able to get both at the same time. The first was from Gold Peak called Chai Latte. The second was from Starbucks and it was Pumpkin Spice Latte. Both of these came in plastic bottles that were 14 ounces. They are both to be kept chilled, and you have the option of pouring over ice. Here is what I thought of the Pumpkin Spice and Chai Tea.
The Pumpkin Spice comes in a very orange bottle. This screams not only Fall, but Halloween as well. I honestly tried to come up with a way to use this bottle for some sort of decoration because the orange color is so good. The cost of this product is normally $2.99. This is cheaper than what you could get at Starbucks. For comparison sake, this would be closest to the grande size, which is around $4.00. I decided to put this in the fridge overnight, and skip on the ice. When I opened the bottle, I took the mandatory sniff and smelled pumpkin. I know, this is a shocker, but I want to be very specific here, this smelled exactly like the pumpkin spice from Starbucks. In my personal experience, the product you find in stores and the product that you can purchase directly from the vendor have a lot of differences. This would be comparable to buying frozen product from a chain store at a grocery store, then realizing that the taste is slightly different, and no where near the same as what you could get from the actual location.
When I took a drink, I was very shocked at how similar the bottle taste was compared to the store bought! If you have read some of my reviews on similar products, then you will see how rare this has been. This was the first time ever that I tried a bottle product and honestly can say I couldn’t tell the difference between this and a Pumpkin Spice that I got directly from Starbucks. I know that the reason for these kinds of products is two fold. First, it’s a great way for people to try this product out when they don’t have a Starbucks around them. There are still many places like this even though in many cities and towns there is a Starbucks on every corner! The second is a convince. Sometimes, this is a nice, quick drink to get and take with you or drink on the go. I am going to give this Pumpkin Spice a 5 out of 5 stars. I am honestly very impressed with this product.
The second product that I tried is the Chai Tea from Gold Peak. Gold Peak is very well known for the selections of teas. I normally get the unsweetened Tea, and once in awhile, I will also get the sweet tea, so I am pretty familiar with their brand. If you have never tried Gold Peak, it is a very smooth tea, without a lot of bite from the bitterness. Chai tea is a different flavor than your traditional tea. Chai tea is a black tea that comes from India. They usually make this with milk, and there is a variety of spices in the Chai tea. In fact, almost every single brand of Chai tea that I have ever tried has the same basic taste, but the spice profile is very different. I really enjoy a Chai Tea and this is one my go to for some relief when I am having a sore throat. Normally, I get Chai tea over ice, and I like to put caramel flavoring in it. I also kept this in the fridge overnight, and decided to skip out on the ice, and I didn’t use any additional flavoring. The cost of this product is normally $2.49.
Again, I did the sniff test after opening and I could smell the Chai Tea, but it was light. When I took a drink, I was meet with a light version of this product. I instantly thought that this drink was made with all water, and no milk. That was debunked because it says right on the front that it contains milk, and it also says that on the label. However, it also says it’s made with water. I worked in coffee shops for years, and I will admit that I can be kind of spoiled when it comes to certain drinks. In a shop, you will get a Chai Tea, hot or iced with part water, and part milk. I can’t stand having it made with any water because traditionally it’s severed with heavy milk, and I really think that you lose the taste. If you use only milk, you will be able to enjoy more flavor. I like this drink, but I don’t like that it was made with part water. However, I understand that this is a personal taste, and I couldn’t find anything wrong with the product. It was nice, just not steller. I actually did end up pouring over ice and I think that helped a bit. Again, not a bad product at all, which is why I give it a 4 out of 5 stars. I still think it was a bit too weak in general, but I would still drink it again.
Pumpkin Spice and Chai Tea are very different drinks, but they both are very good. I was pleasantly surprised to find that both of these bottled drinks were actually pretty tasty! This is one of the few times that I have tried bottled drinks that I really enjoyed as much as the store bought products. I am very happy that I got to try these for free first, since I feel like I could give it an honest review. If I saw these in the store now, I would pick them up on my own dime, and not via freebie from Kroger. Of course, I would use a coupon if I had one, because I am all about saving money. However, I think both the Pumpkin Spice, and Chai Tea are worth trying out yourself!
Let me know down in the comments about your favorite Fall drinks! Would you try the Pumpkin Spice and Chai Tea?