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After the disaster that was Cherry Potion, and considering that every new tea I try these days fails to please, I decided to brew up a favorite: Santa’s Secret. BUT, for the first time ever, decided to try and do it as a latté!
(Side-note: I add milk to all straight black teas, and chamomile, but have never done the heated and foamed up milk additive.)
Someone on Steepster or on the DT FB page mentioned how she uses a mason jar and a microwave to get some foamy milk. I am surprised how well that works! The foam is lasting as long as any from my cappuccino’s at the coffee shop, huh…
As for the tea itself? It’s hard to get used to something looking like a rich moka or café latté actually being a thin tea – I keep expecting it to have more consistency. And because i never add anything to my Santa’s Secret, I’m not used to the watered-down flavour. But, I think it’s interesting, and is something I will tinker with until I get just right .
This was my chosen sidekick this afternoon while I was attempting to write a term paper. And another term paper. And a presentation. Hmm, unfortunately, my sidekick didn’t increase my productivity. It did, however, taste delicious. And keep me warm as my condo got colder and colder and I refused to turn on the heating. It’s all about layers. And tea. Warm candy cane tea. Mmm…
And now I must decide what shall keep me warm through my work tonight…
Colour me astounded – I like a minty tea! This recurring seasonal tea has never been in my roster because I generally don’t like mint in tea. Or anything with mint, really. I like me my one candy cane at Christmas time, and my toothpaste. That’s about it.
I finally got around to trying this tea today because of all the wonderful Steepsterites that say ‘I hate mint but I heart this tea!’ So, thank you, each and every one!
Smell of dry leaf – candy canes
Smell of liquor – candy canes
Taste – candy canes
YET – not too sweet (no candy cane sugar residue on the teeth!), not overpoweringly mingty, and this wonderful richness / creaminess that’s hard to describe but oh so enjoyable. A wonderful compliment to Christmas music and never ending term papers on this rainy, rainy day.
And PS – I left the loose leaf in my teapot, so it has been steeping as I’ve been sipping away, and absolutely no bitterness a good 15 minutes later!!
I think this tea is adorable. I got a complimentary cup at the new NYC location. I’m usually NEVER a fan of flavored, or gimmicky tea, but this one just struck me the right way. It’s fun, and sparkly. The flavor is mostly cinnamon, with a bit of orange, and I think I detect some vanilla. Definitely not something I’d have around the house, but it would be great for a holiday party. The cinnamon has a nice warming effect, especially on this cloudy NYC day.
I decided to give this one another go. My first impression wasn’t as great (I hardly tasted anything, couldn’t make out the apple). So I purchased this yesterday in hopes that it redeems itself. And quite surprisingly—it did. I definitely got more of an apple pie taste this time than the last time (I think it was because they gave me enough tea for a cup, but my mug was fit for two!)
I got the delicious taste of apples and cinnamon and although it was watery, my mind was thinking about the rich and creaminess of the pie filling :)
It tastes yummy, but definitely not a favourite. I won’t be repurchasing (maybe I will in the future)
The first time that I smelled this type of tea was several years ago when a roommate showed me some tea she bought. I thought it smelled interesting because it was a strong sharp smell, nothing of the ordinary. I never got a taste of it, but I happened to cross its path every so often years later.
I eventually picked up this tea from a local tea shop because the bf was interested in it. The version from that store was very sharp and strong, difficult for me to take in. I thought my time with any Lapsang Souchongs were over.
Because of the tea challenge that I am doing, I decided to pick up this tea after skipping it for the past month and a half. I didn’t have any intention of liking it lol I opened the bag—smells exactly the same, smokiness (always reminds me of smoked salmon more than anything). Take a sip…think about it. Not as bad as I thought! I didn’t get the sharp taste like I did with the other tea, so I am a little relieved that I won’t be tossing this one out!
I wonder if this will become my to go tea eventually.
I was excited about this tea – lemon, mint and oolong – my three favorite things :) I find the aroma while its steeping slightly floral which is weird. Before posting my thoughts on this tea I figured I should try it a few times as I found I was not getting much mint flavor but rather just lemon and a bit of oolong. I have tried different steeping times but it does not seem to matter as the tea is pretty consistent in the lack of mint taste. So my overall thought is the tea is okay but not exactly what I was expecting and likely when my 26g bag runs out I will not re-buy.
This tea tastes like… if mint tea and chai tea had a love child. The cardamom is a sweet surprise to my taste buds! I was disappointed to find another tea in my calendar with licorice in it, since I haven’t enjoyed the last few, but I don’t mind how it mellows this tea out so nicely. I’m usually pretty lazy about watching steeping times. But I’ll be careful with this one. The longer it steeps, the stronger the licorice gets.
Anywho, I’m pleasantly surprised! With all the mint teas in my tea stash right now, I’m not sure I’ll be buying this one right away, but I do like it!
This is my day #9 of the David’s Tea “24 Days of Tea” advent calendar.
Just received a sample of this tea. After 1 cup I am now convinced I need unlimited amounts of this at all times. Absolutely delicious and creamy! 1.5 tsp lasted two big mugs, with lavender being more prominent in the second cup. I’m sure it could have gone for a third if I had the time.
Went to DT today to refill my David’s Organic Breakfast, and walked away with 5 new teas. Oops!
First impressions for Chocolate Rocket – It smells like a banana nutella crepe! The liquor is really dark and has the same aroma.
Taste – It’s actually really enjoyable. At first I taste choco-raspberry-banana (where is that coming from?), and then it mellows out to what I assume is maté. I agree with Uniquity , the flavor of the chickory came out more as the temperature decreased.
Loveability – I don’t know if I will refill on this one once it’s gone, but I’ll enjoy it while it’s around.
So I just tried this and I’ve got to say, I’m not in love with it. It’s not bad, it just doesn’t have a distinct flavour, other than lemongrass, to me. I thought that with the juniper berries and rooibos that the flavours would be deep and build up gradually… Maybe I built it up too much?
I’m a big fan of DT, but I won’t be buying a full tin of this tea any time soon.
AHHH forevernuts! how could i ever say anything bad about you?! Delicious and superfantastic to look at. Great tea for midnight candy cravings and when you want to feel pretty with a glass cup of pink tea! My cat friggin loves the smell of this tea, and it’s just so nommy when i’m craving granola. which is very often (my meal plan usually consists of granola, granola and more granola.) in fact, you can put this in your granola!
After a long day at work I decided to try this one from my 24 Days calendar… The first few sips were definite green tea – but then the taste became something else as well. After reading other posters’ comments I have to agree with it tasting a bit like an Earl Grey (although I also still get the green tea taste, akin to the cheep green tea I’ve bought from Superstore or Walmart). I’m still undecided as to whether this is a tea that I would go out and buy, but it is one that I am going to resteep tonight and enjoy some more before having a post dinner tea latte ;)