drank Monster Mash by DAVIDsTEA
8172 tasting notes

Hot with a little chocolate agave, back earlier in the week during my stretch of neck/head pain where I was drinking a lot of spiced teas since they were providing at least a little relief. I actually really liked the addition of chocolate to this; the sweetness of the agave wasn’t too sweet with everything else going on in the blend and the chocolate actually added a sort of depth and “denseness” to the flavor that seemed to create more body, and exaggerate certain spice notes like clove and cardamom.

Quite interesting, as far as additions go.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

Kittenna

Monster Mash? Was this a relabel of something, or a blend I completely missed because I thought it was a relabel?

Nattie

Chocolate agave?? Excitedly Amazons

Roswell Strange

@Kittenna – not a relabel; it was the new Halloween tea this year. Sort of a spiced “Pumpkin Butter” type of thing. @Nattie – I’m using chocolate agave from DAVIDsTEA, but I don’t know that it’s one of the flavours that we carry year round anymore? I’m sure there are other companies who offer similar though.

Nattie

I’m going to have a look and see if I can find something similar. I can’t get DAVIDsTEA over here anyway but you should totally tell them to open a UK shop

Nattie

That last bit was supposed to have a strike through, but the coding got eaten

Kittenna

@Roswell – Dang. I was probably too busy with baby to realize it was new; I’m pretty sure I was in a DT in October and saw the tea, but the tea guides at the store I was at didn’t point it out as being new.

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Kittenna

Monster Mash? Was this a relabel of something, or a blend I completely missed because I thought it was a relabel?

Nattie

Chocolate agave?? Excitedly Amazons

Roswell Strange

@Kittenna – not a relabel; it was the new Halloween tea this year. Sort of a spiced “Pumpkin Butter” type of thing. @Nattie – I’m using chocolate agave from DAVIDsTEA, but I don’t know that it’s one of the flavours that we carry year round anymore? I’m sure there are other companies who offer similar though.

Nattie

I’m going to have a look and see if I can find something similar. I can’t get DAVIDsTEA over here anyway but you should totally tell them to open a UK shop

Nattie

That last bit was supposed to have a strike through, but the coding got eaten

Kittenna

@Roswell – Dang. I was probably too busy with baby to realize it was new; I’m pretty sure I was in a DT in October and saw the tea, but the tea guides at the store I was at didn’t point it out as being new.

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a twenty something tea drinker and reviewer originally from the prairies, but recently relocated to Quebec. I was introduced to DAVIDsTEA and started drinking tea fairly casually about six years ago. At some point, that casual hobby became an ingrained part of my daily life; I became a part of a greater community, incorporated tea into my daily routine, and it became my career.

You know you’ve got it bad when you get your hobby tattooed to your arm.

I’m a TAC certified Tea Sommelier!

I drink a balance of flavoured tea and straight/traditional teas – in all formats. I prefer to have a wide, and general knowledge over many types of teas and catagories rather than focus on any one specific tea: a jack of all teas, master of none. Loose, bagged, matcha, Western style, iced, latted, Gong Fu…

You name it, I probably drink it.

In that vein, I’ll drink just about any type of tea – those only ones I have a particularly strong distaste for are green teas and Chai, with some exceptions of course. I have a weird relationship with Sheng pu’erh, but have been gradually increasing the amount of it I consume – currently I have a particular fascination with Yiwu Sheng. Other types of tea that I greatly enjoy are Yancha and other dark, heavily oxidized or roasted oolongs, most shou, black tea, and compressed/aged white teas. I’ll absolutely try anything once though; and I like to have an open mind and explore lots of tea types, even if I have reservations. I’ll probably never leave that “Exploratory” phase…

Usually I drink my tea straight, but I’m not opposed to additions if I’m in the right mood. If I ever add something to a tea, I will ALWAYS call it out in the tasting note though. If I’ve not mentioned an addition, you’re safe to assume it’s been prepared straight up.

I like to listen to music when drinking tea, especially when I’m brewing a large pot at a time or steeping Gong Fu. Often I curate very intentional tea and music pairings, and sometimes I share them here in my tasting reviews. Music is something that I find can deeply affect the experience of having tea.

Favourite flavour notes/ingredients: Pear, lychee, cranberry, cream, melon, pineapple, malt, roasty, petrichor, sweet potato, heady florals like rose, walnut, sesame, honey (in moderation), and very woody shou.

Least favourite flavour notes/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger, strong Chai spice profiles, mushrooms, seaweed, chamomile, artificial tasting mango or peach, stevia, saltiness, or anything that reminds me too much of meat that isn’t supposed to taste like meat…

Currently exploring/obsessed with: Sheng from Yiwu, Yancha (Qilan in particular), anything with a strong sweet potato note. Also, I need to try ALL the root beer teas! Searching for a really good caramel flavoured blend, ideally with a black tea base.

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Goldfish: Dot
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Jade Pixiu Dragon: Whitaker
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ruyao Dragon: Pablo
Ruyao Frog: Bebe
Sculpted Pig: Nelly
Sculpted Tuxedo Cat: Pekoe
Sculpted Tabby Cat: Marmalade
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket
Ceramic Cat: Saffron
Wood Fired Old Man: Leopold

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