The dry leaf for this tea smells so, so good. It smells like everything i’d hoped Santa’s secret would smell like but didn’t. I found Santa’s secret to taste like a very generic, mint black tea. I also didn’t like the peppermint in it—it seemed rather sharp, a bit grating on the throat, and just unremarkable in the grand scheme of things.

I found it interesting that DT suggests a brew time between four and seven minutes, because despite liking a strong black tea, I wouldn’t steep most for seven minutes. I steeped this one for five, and imagine I might like it at four, even.

This tea still tastes creamier than Santa’s secret, and I find the mint to taste a bit more muted and gentle. I don’t really get any coconut at all, although maybe a distant hint of butterscotch or, as variaTea suggested, dark fudge—something is lurking around in the distant leaves, that’s for sure. I got a little too much base, which I didn’t find jived well with the creaminess I was hoping to elicit, so that’s why i’m hoping a shorter steep time will result in a creamier cup. Overall, I’m not blown away, but I do find I enjoy it more than Santa’s secret, and I’m happy to try it again.

TheTeaFairy

At least the name is cute :-)

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Oh yeah, the name is adoreable!

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At least the name is cute :-)

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Oh yeah, the name is adoreable!

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Well, it’s been slightly over six months since I’ve joined steepster, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about this community. Like many of you, I began my foray into the world of loose-leaf tea by discovering David’s Tea, and although I’ve ventured out and have discovered many other companies that I’m extremely fond of, there are still many of David’s teas that I hold close to my heart and I will always appreciate it as a starting point for my journey.

As for my preferences, I tend to prefer bold black tea, flavoured and unflavoured alike, and I almost always take my blacks with cream and sugar. This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy a good, flavoured white though, and I’m slowly making my way through the incredibly confusing world of oolongs and greens. I am also not a fan of rooibos, although I am starting to suspect green rooibos may be ok, but you know how it is: when you’ve decided you detest a certain ingredient, you’ll notice it everywhere—perhaps even where it doesn’t exist!

Things other than tea: I’m engaged to be married to my best friend, and feel like the richest woman on the planet because of it. I am also a veracious reader, and I also happen to have an obsession with fragrances, and have amassed quite a collection, although it pales in comparison to some collections out there! As a result of this obsession, I also follow several fragrance blogs, and am always up for a chat about scent. I’m also almost completely blind, and this does indeed mean that I come complete with a guide dog, who unlike me, hales from the sunny California campus of Guide dogs for the Blind. I think I’ve rambled on long enough, but if there’s anything you’d like to know or if you just feel like chatting to someone, please don’t hesitate to send me a message.

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