Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Java Monster Irish Blend Review

Monster Irish Blend is one of the Monster products that I don't see as often. In fact, this is the second time I have seen it, and as soon as I saw it, I jumped at the opportunity to try it. The reason why I didn't get it the first time is because I had already picked up AMP Energy with Black Tea and Firefly. The Irish Blend costs the same as all the other comparable drinks - $2.99 CAD. The place where I picked up mine charged only $2.97 CAD. The can certainly stands out and can be easily seen among all the other Monster energy drinks - it is green! I assume the can is green because it is called Irish Blend, but why change the color when all the other Java flavors are beige/light brown? Marketing trick, no doubt.

The beverage has the same color as the other Monster Javas - whitened coffee. It smells a lot like Bailey's (minus the sharp alcohol scent) and tastes like a mix between it (Bailey's) and any Irish Cream coffee whitener/sweetener/cream. There is also a slight undertone that is not coffee or cream like, but something a clean and refreshing. After having a look at the ingredients list, I think that undertone might be due to the guarana seed extract present. Overall the taste is a bit too sweet for me, which also the main reason why I do not enjoy Bailey's too much. A coffee taste is almost not present here. This should be labeled as "Milk + Energy". The aftertaste is similar to the overall taste - very sweet, but without the presence of the guarana undertone. The sweetness lasts for a very long time after you finish drinking it and whatever coffee taste there is, it disappears within seconds.

The can is a little bit smaller than the regular 473 mL cans, it is only 444 mL.

You can't see it too well in this photo, but the top of the Monster can has been taken in a bit more than the Inked Oroborus one. At the bottom the same thing is seen. The rim around the top is also thinner. Unlike the other Monster energy drinks, this one has 186 mg of caffeine. It does give you an extra bit of boost, but it doesn't put it in a whole new category of energy boost. Like all the other
ones, the pep lasts for a few hours.

Cost - $2.97 CAD
Taste - 7.8/10...I would have given it a bit more if it wasn't as sweet
Energy - 7.7/10

Overall - 15.5/20...some might enjoy the sweeter taste, but not me

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  1. dood u suck! This is by far the best of all of them, it doesn't have one tates of nastiness at all. This is the only drink I'd give a perfect score. Its not sweet, chug an energy shot and thats sweet, pure sugarcane like.

  2. This tasted like sweet milk with a cake aftertaste.

  3. Irish Creme is the best Monster Coffee of them all. I have been devoted to Mean Bean for years, but this is my new love.