drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
82 tasting notes

It’s that time of year again!

I love buying some Santa’s Secret every year as a Christmas tradition. Super mellow blend that’s easy to sip on. I find this tea has very low astringency, so oversteeping isn’t a problem.

A mellow base of black tea is blended with vanilla, sprinkles, and mint leaves, reminding me of the candy cane shortbread cookies my mom used to make over Christmas. I strongly prefer Santa’s Secret to Candy Cane Crush — similar vibes, but in my opinion, Candy Cane Crush almost ceases to be tea with all of the sugar and candies that are in it. I like to have the option of drinking my tea relatively sugar-free, and Candy Cane Crush kind of takes that away.

Flavors: Peppermint, Sugar, Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I’ve been drinking tea for as long as I can remember — my mom used to have “tea time” with me every afternoon, drinking some Twinings Earl Grey with milk and sugar in my grandmother’s antique tea cups. Before I went to university, I worked at a DAVIDsTEA in my hometown, which solidified the obsession.

I’m in my first year of law school, after completing an undergraduate degree in political science and anthropology. I use she/her pronouns, and I’m vegetarian (not quite vegan — I still drink blends that contain milk-based ingredients). My other hobbies include fragrance, crocheting, journalling, skiing, hiking, and reading sci-fi and fantasy novels.

Apple, peppermint, caramel, vanilla, coconut, jasmine tea, malty black teas, sweet blackberry leaves, guayusa, white tea, peach, strawberry, raspberry leaves, Chinese teas, anything smooth and creamy!!! Highly caffeinated blends have my heart.

Ginger, cinnamon, peppercorns, hibiscus, alcoholic notes, stevia. I prefer teas that don’t contain dairy or artificial flavouring.

85-100: A-range. Excellent and exceptional.
70-84: B-range. Very good.
55-69: C-range. Average.
40-54: D-range. Not good.
0-39: F-range. Strongly dislike.


Alberta, Canada

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