Santa's Dirty Secret

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Black Tea
Ceylon Black Tea, Coconut, Natural Flavours, Pecans, Sprinkles
Brown Sugar, Coconut, Maple Syrup, Nutty, Pecan, Sweet, Tannin, Toasted
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175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec 20 oz / 600 ml

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From A Quarter to Tea

White chocolate, rich dark caramel, pecan and coconut cream for a sinfully dark and creamy cup..

Makes an excellent latte.

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70 tasting notes

First cup so far and making my mind up about details. I like it. Remins me of TurtleDove.

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2901 tasting notes

mmm coconut, pecans, maple, brown sugar, mint?, super malty and sweet black base. This tea has it all!

I really like the light toasted coconut + nutty pecans + maple brown sugar flavour combo. I went with 79 deg C water / 1 tsp leaf / 1.5 minutes, than 2 minute, then 3 minute steeps. The flavours really came out and the base wasn’t astringent or bitter at all. I highly reccomend this for people who like nutty/sweet blends, it is so satisfying as a dessert tea.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Coconut, Maple Syrup, Nutty, Pecan, Sweet, Tannin, Toasted

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

You made this sound so delicious!

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6355 tasting notes

This tea is very tasty and though it looked as if it should be oily, it wasn’t in the slightest. The pecan is actually imparting a great deal of flavor here that is mingling with the vanilla and sprinkles to create a dark richness that is surprisingly sweet and flavorful. I anticipated astringency and yet there is none of that here. It is tasty and slightly reminiscent of my beloved Walnut Truffle by Tea Desire.

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652 tasting notes

This was the second tea I tried from my recent (and very first!) comedically massive AQTT haul.
I figured I may as well drink the Santa one now, in keeping with the holiday season!

To be honest, I’m not even entirely sure I read the description before i ordered this. I know that I used to be a big fan of DT Santa’s Secret, and in general I’m a big fan of Santa himself so my decision to purchase this one didn’t actually require much thought.

I sniffed it last night when my order came in and thought it smelled pretty tasty, though I admit I was a bit surprised it was a chocolate and caramel vs vanilla and minty type of blend, but that goes back to the fact that I absolutely didn’t read the description ahead of time.

Fun Fact – I’m pretty well “over” flavoured tea blends that contain chocolate flavouring. The reason for this is because I love chocolate SO much, like, with every fiber of my being, every beat of my heart, every breath of air that I inhale, so any sort of attempt at recreating the essence of chocolate always strikes me as pretty fake tasting. Like, sorry, this is not going to happen so stop trying. HOWEVER, I’ve always been able to drink Butiki’s chocolate teas, not that I reached for them daily but did enjoy them. I know, THERE I GO AGAIN with the comparing. But, it’s all I can compare right now.

This tea definitely reminded me of some of Butiki’s, seems like maybe a similar flavoring was used or something.

Thing is, I enjoyed it, I really did. I will drink it again and I’m glad I bought it. I still like vanilla tea more than chocolate tea but this was tasty. I love caramel and coconut and perhaps the fact that this was WHITE chocolate made it more acceptable/less blasphemous to try to recreate in tea.

For some perspective – I can tell you with utmost sincerity that the chances are VERY high that I won’t ever purchase a chocolate flavoured tea from Davids ever again. Just as an example. Because they like to put all these disgustingly sweet sugar crystals/stevia/whatever and it makes it unbearable and totally chemical.

THIS tea, was the opposite of that. I drank it with a bit of blend cream because that’s what I had. And because that’s how I always liked Santa’s Secret. And I will probably do it the same next time :)

SO for someone who has all but given up on the types of dessert teas which involve chocolate flavoring, I give this one a Thumbs Up.


ETA I just sniffed it again and it smells kinda rummy or something. Yum.


This sounds soooo good! o_0


It is quite tasty!

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527 tasting notes

2.5tsp, 200F, westren.
Dry smell – chocolate, coconut, nutty.
4 min tongue coating, astringent. At 5min it has more flavor. I don’t think this tea is really my thing. I seem to have problems with ceylon based teas. I just don’t like the taste.
I may need to try this again. Add milk?

Daylon R Thomas

Probably. Lauren usually recommends it.

Lauren | A Quarter to Tea

Yeah, I definitely think Ceylon is helped a lot with a splash of milk.


After trying it, I agree with you both. Astringent edge is gone. I can taste the flavors. Thanks! :)

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