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Santa Baby, Coming down my chimney tonight…
But only with this tea! Creepiness of that song aside, this tea is still going strong. Delicious, creamy and smooth, it has a richness that is surprising, considering the fairly minimal ingredients list. I wish I had ice cream that tasted like this… Though at this point, I wish everything tasted like this. Yum!!
I’ve got a confession to make. Even though it is cold outside now (and there is a foot of snow on the ground – Damn you Nova Scotia winter!!) I am still only drinking one cup of tea a day, while I’m at work. I think it speaks to the appeal of this tea that 4 out of 5 cups this week (also known as every cup since I bought this tea) have been Santa’s Secret.
Twice I have accidentally oversteeped it and it still didn’t get better. It has yielded a shockingly flavourful second steep and honestly reminds me of a hint of green tea taste with the creamy vanilla-esque mint flavour. I do believe that I will go get myself a tin of this one, as it seems to be the tea for me, at the moment at least.
It’s not that there is anything overly special about this one, it’s more that it is wonderfully executed for what it is and just plain tasty. A Davids Tea win, to be sure.
First, let it be known that I am in love with the IDEA of this tea, if nothing else. I am a big fan of mint and black tea, and I love the DT blends with little candies (Read my Lips, Oh Canada, Swampwater). Last year I passed it up as I foolishly believed I had too many mint teas. This year, I know better. Second, I tried one of the little candy pieces and they’re quite yummy. Minty and sweet, almost like there is a hint of vanilla or cream.
I am a little afraid that I’ve oversteeped this cup, it got about 4 minutes which is a hint more than I usually give. The aroma is dominantly black tea, but with mint coming in at the end – I would prefer perhaps a little more mint but we’ll see how it tastes. At least I can always add more mint! The liquor is quite dark, but the flavour matches the arome shockingly well. There is definite black tea, but the mint comes in quickly and then yields to a creamy light mint aftertaste, very similar to the little candy pieces. It is candy-caneish but not very sharp in terms of mint. Sweet, but not sickeningly. This cup, I am loving! Hopefully the appeal lasts as right now I am loving this – Might have to really stock up before it disappears.
Wow. I like my Oolongs, and I like my Chais. So this is my kind of tea! I used 3 tsp of leaves for my 18 oz. mug. Beautiful golden/green liquor, with cinnamon first to hit the tongue, then the light Oolong flavour, moving into the cardamom and slight peppercorn to finish. And all these flavours so very light on the tongue. A perfectly blended tea. I can’t wait to resteep this one and see how it tastes.
I guess you can categorize this as a standard black tea. I found this tea to be sweet, like DAVIDsTEA Nepal Black tea. I enjoyed the lighter taste that I get. It’s not bitter at all and has a nice fruity smell attached. It remains neutral with me—mainly because I am not a huge black tea fan. However, don’t let my opinion sway you away from this tea. If I were to recommend a black tea, this would be one of them!
Call me nerdy, but I can’t describe how excited I am to be the first to rate and post about a tea!
This tastes like one big mug of nostalgia. I assumed by the name that this was green tea, but after going through all of the greens listed, I had to search it. Turns out it’s rooibos, which I’m apparently learning to love a whole lot lately! This tea has a whole lot of flavor. It’s sweet, fruity, aromatic and I find the color of the brewed tea rather lovely. Now and then, I catch myself looking for a mug of fresh, light, fruitful tea, and I can guarantee I’ll be looking for this on my shelf the next time I get that craving. Simply delightful!
This is my day #2 of the David’s Tea “24 Days of Tea” advent calendar.
Mmmm! I only bought 16g, just enough for a few tastes! I will be ordering some more online before it goes, it is really good. I love read my lips, and I love mint tea, so while I expected to like this I didn’t really expect it to be too different. It’s really nice; the black tea base is perfect and it is minty but not too strong. It has a sweetness to it too – an excellent candy cane dessert tea :) It’s different enough from teas I’ve already tried to make me want to get more.
Oh my. Oh my. Oh my.
I had high hopes for this tea, because it smells fantastic. And it absolutely does not disappoint. I have never had such a deliciously chocolatey tea. I find that the orange and the chocolate balance perfectly in this blend, and neither feels more dominant than the other.
For me, I’m first hit with the deep taste of dark chocolate, followed by a grittiness that I suspect is the puerh, with final notes of orange/citrus that linger well past swallowing.
It is my first puerh so I can’t comment on that, but this tea has skyrocketed to the top of my faves from DT.
I generally dislike minty teas, but I enjoy this one quite a bit. I think theres a good balance between the black tea base and the flavours.
I think it has a very nice sweetness to it, and I don’t think it needs any sweetener. I will probably pick up a bit more when we’ve finished our 25g bag.
Experience buying from @Ashley: I bought this tea from Ashley when she was selling all of her tea. I received the tea quickly through the mail and my package was filled with many surprises. Thank you Ashley!
Note: I got this as a sample from Ashley and brewed it up not long after receiving it.
Appearance and aroma of dry leaf: looks like small nuts and dried pieces of fruit; smelled sweet, herbal, and fruity.
Brewing guidelines: 2 tsp, 2 cups of water; I used a metal basket strainer inside a 16 oz ceramic cup, such that I put a lid over the top to keep the heat in. Cup was warmed before steeping. Stevia added.
…………….1st: 195, 2’
…………….2nd: near boiling, 3’
…………….3rd: boiling, 5’
…………….4th: boiling, 10’
Color and aroma of tea liquor: beautiful pale red, reminiscent of the color of watermelon! Smelled great, too! One odd thing: there were very small green bits floating on top which must have been flavorings small enough to make it though the strainer.
Flavor of tea liquor: I iced this, per the directions, putting all four steepings together in a pitcher with ice, and chilling it overnight. The resulting flavor was on the mild side (expected due to the way I combined all four steepings), but sweet and flavorful: just like watermelon!
Overall: I was impressed with how it looked and tasted like watermelon. A great iced tea for watermelon fans!
There’s definitely some chocolate in this tea! (I would know… I ate one of the chocolate chips, just to make sure they were actually chocolate chips!)
I’m a huge choco-mint lover, and I do believe this tea does it justice. The aroma is delightful, but the flavor isn’t as strong as it smells. I might consider brewing more of it next time I have it, but it’s still good when subtle, too.
This is my day #1 of the David’s Tea “24 Days of Tea” advent calendar.
The smell of this tea dry had me absolutely salivating. It smelled so delicious I had a hard time not just eating it right out of the bag. I really enjoyed Mom’s Apple Pie, and so I was looking forward to this one.
I just made myself a cup, followed the directions and steeped two tsp for 7 minutes. As I lift it to my nose, it no longer smells enchanting. The water is murky (I couldn’t tell you the colour, I made it in a black mug…but I can see that its murky). The first sip is blech. I am not in love with this tea.
It’s a bit weak, but bitter and with a taste of something like…dirt? I’m not quite sure. Whatever it is, it isn’t good. I can smell and taste the cinnamon, but it almost seems like ‘cheap’ cinnamon, if that makes any sense? Not like a quality ingredient.
I am really disappointed with this tea. I’m glad I only got a 25g bag, and I’m also glad that I stocked up on Mom’s Apple Pie!
To be fair, my partner said he liked this tea, but he only had one sip and gave no indication about what it was that he liked about it (he also seemed quite apologetic to be disagreeing with me!). He did agree however that the dry smell and the taste coming out of the cup were basically nothing alike.
So following the lead of…someone, I forget who, I steeped this in apple juice on the stovetop. Well, I used some apple cider that I had picked up recently that was way too sweet. This cut down on the sweetness nicely, and added a whole new layer of flavors, it was very yummy! Definitely going to steep longer next time.