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drank Monster Mash by DAVIDsTEA
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I hope everyone had a safe but festive Halloween yesterday!  I tried this one last night with the first steep being the night before last.  THANK YOU to AJRimmer for sharing a favorite!  (I also had the scrumptious Angry Tea Room’s – Candy Caramel Apple tea yesterday, based on AJRimmer’s suggestion when I reached out for spooky suggestions, and it steeped up perfectly.  Sadly, it isn’t available at Angry anymore… along with so many of my other favorites… I wonder if they can be sourced elsewhere.  I also had Butiki’s Pumpkin Creme Brulee.)
I’ve always been a bit puzzled by the name here – what makes it Monster Mash?  Some variations seem to have sprinkles.  This one does not – only large sugar crystals which I’m hoping at least aren’t some sort of stevia crystals.  I’m one who doesn’t drink diet soda.  Just full sugar soda.  If I’m gonna drink soda, I’m gonna go full sugar (though sips – and in moderation, I guess I could also be called “soda-sipper”).   The flavor here is very sweet on the first steep!  The description mentions pumpkin butter but I’m thinking more along the lines of a very sweet rooibos chai with a hint of pumpkin.  The second steep – I think all the sugar went into the first steep so now it’s mostly spice.  It’s good!  I’m glad the apple didn’t take over, like the photo of the tea suggests it might. Grateful to try without buying. :D
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 10 minutes after boiling  // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2  // just boiled //  6 minute steep

Courtney

Butiki’s Pumpkin Creme Brulee :‘(. I’ve not heard of Angry Tea — I’ll have to check them out!

AJRimmer

Nooooo let me know if you find candy caramel apple somewhere else! I always make a Black Friday order with Angry Tea Room, but they don’t have much left that I want ):

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courtney – It’s angrytearoom.com!

AJRimmer – I will let you know if I find it again… I definitely haven’t stumbled on this tea from another tea shop yet. It’s one I want to keep around too.

Mastress Alita

I have found most of the teas from Angry Tea Room are wholesaled from either Adagio or Dethlefsen & Balk. Doing an ingredient check, the one they called “Candy Caramel Apple” is simply Adagio Tea’s “Candy Apple”: https://www.adagio.com/flavors/candy_apple.html

Listed ingredients from Angry Tea Room’s Steepster entry: “black tea, apple pieces, natural caramel apple flavor and cinnamon bark”

You will see that matches the Adagio entry perfectly.

tea-sipper

haha, I was hoping you’d see this Mastress Alita! And I had a feeling it was an Adagio blend since some of Angry’s others matched. I guess I have to search for some of Angry’s other favorites on Adagio. Thank you for finding that!

AJRimmer

Oh yay! Mastress Alita is Steepster’s #1 detective. Thank you (:

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Courtney

Butiki’s Pumpkin Creme Brulee :‘(. I’ve not heard of Angry Tea — I’ll have to check them out!

AJRimmer

Nooooo let me know if you find candy caramel apple somewhere else! I always make a Black Friday order with Angry Tea Room, but they don’t have much left that I want ):

tea-sipper

courtney – It’s angrytearoom.com!

AJRimmer – I will let you know if I find it again… I definitely haven’t stumbled on this tea from another tea shop yet. It’s one I want to keep around too.

Mastress Alita

I have found most of the teas from Angry Tea Room are wholesaled from either Adagio or Dethlefsen & Balk. Doing an ingredient check, the one they called “Candy Caramel Apple” is simply Adagio Tea’s “Candy Apple”: https://www.adagio.com/flavors/candy_apple.html

Listed ingredients from Angry Tea Room’s Steepster entry: “black tea, apple pieces, natural caramel apple flavor and cinnamon bark”

You will see that matches the Adagio entry perfectly.

tea-sipper

haha, I was hoping you’d see this Mastress Alita! And I had a feeling it was an Adagio blend since some of Angry’s others matched. I guess I have to search for some of Angry’s other favorites on Adagio. Thank you for finding that!

AJRimmer

Oh yay! Mastress Alita is Steepster’s #1 detective. Thank you (:

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

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