Santa's Secret

Tea type
Black Tea
Black Tea, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Peppermint, Sprinkles
Spearmint, Sweet, Vanilla, Candy, Peppermint, Mint, Milk, Sugarcane, Tea, Cream, Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Chocolate, Smoke, Smooth, Forest Floor, Cloves, Sugar, Artificial
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 4 g 31 oz / 924 ml

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Ever wonder how Santa manages to deliver all those presents in just one night? Well here’s the hush-hush formula. He uses a special combination of Chinese black tea, peppermint leaves and spices – all sprinkled with real little candy canes. It’s both energizing and remarkably soothing. All Santa needs is one cup and his motto changes from “ho ho ho” to “go go go”

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34 tasting notes

This has now replaced the Bigelow peppermint tea that my mom used to keep regularly stocked in our cupboard. The ingredients list is minimal, but regardless, the tea’s description made me expect something special. You can just barely taste the hint of vanilla that’s promised, so I’m not sure if that is the ingredient that endears this mix to me or not. At least, if you like peppermint (despite the tone of this review, I do), then you should have no complaints.

Flavors: Peppermint, Vanilla

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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23 tasting notes

Wonderful, the smell is intoxicating on its own, but then you taste it! As soon as I saw it was on sale online, I ordered 300g of it! So delicious…

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244 tasting notes

Holidays TTB

I didn’t pick any of this up around Christmas time because I really disliked Adagio’s Candy Cane and figured this would be similar. But this one is actually quite good and kind of a more caffeinated, less chocolatey version of Tea Guys’ Peppermint Chocolate Vanilla. It’d probably be fantastic with chocolate chip cookies.

It’s minty, but similar to Andes candies, the mint doesn’t take over, there’s some creamy notes to it and it’s comforting in a strange way. It really enjoy this one because it’s actually blended quite well and you don’t get the whole picture in one sip.

Flavors: Cream, Mint

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2 tasting notes

I buy this every holiday season as I love the chocolatey-mint flavors. I do find the strength varies a bit from year to year and sometimes I end up a bit disappointed by weak, watery tea. However, I keep buying it as I can fix the problem by using more tea to get the strength I like.

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307 tasting notes

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While drinking this, it has that familiar DAVIDs Tea mint that I’ve never been fond of. I still don’t know what it is about it; I’m sure I’ve had other brands of mint tea that don’t make me feel this way. HOWEVER, the aftertaste of this is a delicious, sweet, creamy mint that I’m absolutely in love with. Plus there seems to be a hint of dark chocolate! It was so good, I was tempted to buy more (like I need more tea right now). In hind sight, it probably wasn’t THAT good, but it is by far the best mint-flavoured tea I’ve had from DAVIDs.

Flavors: Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Mint, Sweet

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41 tasting notes

Increased the rating from 54 to 65.

Pleasant enough and an easy drink. Second steep is just mild water.
Still a vague cream cardboard taste. Red Velvet Cake has a better chocolate taste than this.

Flavors: Chocolate

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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15 tasting notes

Since I came across this tea, I drink it every Christmas. With the black tea in it, it gives me a little kick of caffeine I need to get through winter afternoon slumps. I’m also a sucker for the peppermint and sweet little candy canes.

Flavors: Peppermint

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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15 tasting notes

This wasn’t everything I was hoping it to be. Maybe I let the hype get to me and high expectations, but I found this tea to be weaker than I would have liked. The black tea just didn’t live up to the peppermint. I will say, the peppermint sprinkles were incredibly adorable.

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Flavors: Peppermint, Smoke, Smooth

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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5 tasting notes

My favorite Christmas tea! At first, I was tired of the black tea + mint combination since I have a few … but this one is by far my favorite!

What makes this tea more unique (and Christmas-y) is that it’s not so much mint as candy cane peppermint in this tea. It’s a sweeter (and I guess technically more artificial flavor since candy canes don’t taste at all like real organic mint) tea but definitely one of my favorites.

Flavors: Peppermint

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21 tasting notes

The tea smells like a forest after it rains, but with sweet notes of mint within.

I add milk and sugar to my teas.

The tea was very nice. It was smooth and creamy, not astringent or bitter in any way. The vanilla was soft and the peppermint wasn’t overpowering. It was a nice mix of both.

Flavors: Forest Floor, Mint, Peppermint, Smooth, Vanilla

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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