Santa's Secret

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Black Tea
Black Tea, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Peppermint, Sprinkles
Creamy, Mint, Peppermint, Smooth, Vanilla, Chocolate, Artificial, Cotton Candy, Frosting, Spearmint, Sweet, Candy, Milk, Sugarcane, Cream, Dark Chocolate, Smoke, Forest Floor, Cloves, Sugar
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 4 g 29 oz / 872 ml

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481 Tasting Notes View all

  • “I picked this up on the weekend since i was trying to remember if i liked it or not. I still do, so that’s good to know, though it’s less wonderful than the first time i had it as my tastes have...” Read full tasting note
  • “This tea is so good. Too bad I steeped it in my Timolino tumbler. I gave it 20 minutes to cool with the lid off but still managed to burn my tongue so badly that an hour later it still feels...” Read full tasting note
  • “It’s official, Santa’s Secret is my Pumpkin Chai. Love and adore this blend. My amazing and wonderful mother in law found me some soy egg nog for the holidays and sent an unopened carton home with...” Read full tasting note
  • “Santa Baby, Coming down my chimney tonight… But only with this tea! Creepiness of that song aside, this tea is still going strong. Delicious, creamy and smooth, it has a richness that is...” Read full tasting note


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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329 tasting notes

I thought this was a sipdown but according to my spreadsheet I have another cupful from my advent calandar! This is the last of my Santa’s Secret from the very generous WhatSheSaid. I’ve drank this so many times and never written up a note, apparently! I don’t know why this still surprises me, I was terrible at writing up notes while I was at uni – I would have 5 or 6 cups of tea a day and only log one. I bet that’s actually preferable to me logging so many teas and clogging everyone’s dashes.

Mmmm… probably my favourite Christmas tea. If you look at my ‘tea-dislikes’ you’ll see I’m not big on spices (unless with pumpkin) and so most holiday blends are a no-go for me. Candy canes though are one of those things that just epitomises the season, you know? As soon as you taste one you know that the holidays are coming. And this tea gets the candy cane flavour bang on, without the tea being pushed to the background. The mint and the creamy vanilla are sooo good together, and if I add a little sugar it’s like I melted an actual candy cane right into a cup of tea. I overleafed a little (I had almost 2 tsps but not quite, so I used it all in a 12oz mug) and left it for over 6 minutes and I’m still getting no astringency from the base tea, which is incredible to me. The creaminess is so pronounced that I didn’t add any milk and I’m drinking this black, which again is super rare for me in black teas. It’s the first time I’ve drank it without milk, though, and I know it can take it well. I just can’t think of anything that I don’t like about this tea.

I’m going to have to come up with something creamy-minty to replace this with, since DAVIDs isn’t readily available to me. Oh US and Canada, how I envy you.

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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208 tasting notes

This is a nice tea to have around Christmas time, but that’s the only time I’ll have it. It’s more chocolatey than mint though. I wish there was more of a balance. Still good tea though.

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Mint

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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22 tasting notes

Got this as part of a set of Holiday teas and it is easily my favorite of the bunch. I like that this is peppermint but that the other spices combined with it temper the peppermint a bit to keep it from being overwhelming. Also this tea has a nice touch of sweetness to it that makes it feel like a holiday treat.

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4 tasting notes

not a fan of this one, it is overlly sweet and tastes very fake, leaves a bad taste in my mouth all day

Flavors: Artificial, Cotton Candy, Frosting, Mint

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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OH MY GOD! This is the BEST tea I have ever had. My all-time favorite. I wish it was available all year round. PLEASE make this available all year! My sister and I both love it and will gladly get others on board :)

Sheli Young

Flavors: Spearmint, Sweet, Vanilla

190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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87 tasting notes

Bought this one after the holidays last year during the Boxng Day sales. Have enjoyed it a couple of times throughout the year, and today’s review is also my sipdown. Santa’s Secret is a pleasant black tea with peppermint, vanilla and candy accents. There’s a nice creaminess and sweetness that makes it quite enjoyable without the need to add anything further to it. The little candy canes mixed in with the black tea and peppermint leaves are perfectly adorable.

Flavors: Candy, Peppermint, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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46 tasting notes

I LOVE Santa’s Secret!

First off, this tea smells amazing. It smells like Christmas morning.

Second, this tea has mini candy canes.

I don’t need to say anymore.

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8 tasting notes

A great mint-y tea to sip on all year round. The black tea compliments the mint very nicely in this one.

Flavors: Mint, Peppermint

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313 tasting notes

This one wasn’t too bad but there’s something about it that kind of puts me off…maybe it’s the fact that it tastes weak and I was expecting a stronger peppermint punch. Anyways, I’m glad I only got a bit-might just see if one of my friend’s wanna try it out. Pawn it off that way lol

*Update: Tried this as a tea latte and it still doesn’t impress me.

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4 tasting notes

Love this black tea….minty and smooth.

5 min, 30 sec

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