Wow. I can’t decide which tea I like better: this or Santa’s secret. I actually wish David’s would come out with a version of this tea with a black tea base, but the world doesn’t revolve around me, much to my dismay.
The scent of this dry leaf is quite intoxicating. It smells fresh, cozy, and exactly of Christmas. The blast of cold of the mint, and if you inhale even deeper, the creamy presence of the white chocolate. I knew I wouldn’t like this plain, so I brewed it up with some cream and rock sugar. Sometimes, the smell of hot peppermint makes my stomach turn, and although my stomach contemplated it as I sniffed the steam rising from the cup, it somehow decided not to, thereby giving me permission to try the tea. It was thick, creamy, cold and hot—all at once. Hot because of the peppercorns and, you know, the fact that it’s a hot cup of tea, but cold because of that blast of peppermint. The white chocolate is less pronounced during the sip, although I think this is all but expected when in the presence of peppermint, which is loud and demanding in comparison. Nonetheless, the white chocolate, while not necessarily tasting distinctly of white chocolate, lends the entire composition a creamy, thick feeling (no doubt enhanced by my sugar and cream), and the whole thing made for a wonderfully comforting and satisfying cup. I am certainly going to finish the sample bag, and will very likely be picking up some more, as we don’t yet know if this one will be making a come-back next winter. The only thing that’s disappointing about any of dt’s teas is the fact that I need to use a ton of leaf to get a satisfactory amount of flavour, but given that it’s local and I don’t need to pay shipping, I’m down with that. Oh, and as for the oily surface and the green bits in the cup, I have no comment! ;). Call it a perk of being blind, I guess.
-steeped a medium cup (8 oz) for five minutes
-one perfect David’s teaspoon
-usual amount of sugar and cream