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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481 Tasting Notes

20 tasting notes

Smells like the holidays! Actually, christmas cookies or soemthing. Very strong peppermint and vanilla. Really nice black tea, and is great on its own without any added sugar or milk. Would definitely buy this one again.

Flavors: Peppermint, Vanilla

6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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267 tasting notes

Added sugar to this one again. I find this to be a very tasty morning treat :) I absolutely love mint teas and this one isn’t overpowering so it’s nice to wake up with. It’s also kind of soft, if I can use that word to describe tea, and creamy. It’s like someone is wrapping a blanket around me.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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90 tasting notes

I decided to get my hands on a collectable tin of this.
Darn it! I’ve messed up another one! I really need to start standing and waiting for the tea to steep… the black tea base is too overpowering for the gentle vanilla and mint flavors. Oi vey. Well, for what it is right now it’s still not too bad, still drinkable.

190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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3 tasting notes

I didn’t enjoy this tea. It didn’t have any mint flavor of really any flavor at all beyond plain black tea. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t taste good either, nor as it claimed to taste.

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 5 g 30 OZ / 887 ML

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726 tasting notes

Finally getting to try the Oh so famous Santa’s Secret!!!! :D :D
Was kinda expecting a little more creamy-ness, or a deeper flavor, but I didn’t get it from this one. It was a good tea. A pretty basic peppermint tea.
I haven’t had many peppermint teas so far, and what I’ve tried of them, I feel that they are okay. Not my favorite, but drinkable. Always feel like they should be stronger.
A coworker had me try a popular peppermint tea from Trader Joe’s a couple weeks back. Appparently it always sells out really fast every year so my coworker never has time to get it.She was so excited to give it to me. xD
She doesn’t drink that much tea, but even she agreed it needed to be stronger.
This tea I feel that she would like though. It’s pretty strong. Doesn’t have a lot of depth, sadly. But for the person that doesn’t drink a crap load of tea all the time, it’s pretty much perfect! I really should pick some of this up for her! She really would enjoy it!

Flavors: Peppermint

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33 tasting notes

Dry nose: lightly minty, fragrant, sweet.

Tasting note: lightly minty, fragrant, sweet. Pretty straightforward, the candy cane sprinkles are fun. I think next time I make this I’m going to garnish it with a candy cane and let that add a bit more minty sweetness. Yeah.

Flavors: Peppermint

Boiling 6 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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972 tasting notes

Yay, my David’s winter/holiday samples from Roswell Strange are here! I can’t thank her enough for being such a sweetheart and sending me all of these 10g samples from her local store. Love you, Roswell!

This is one of those teas that just makes you smile when you peek in the pouch. It has these cheerful little candy cane sprinkles and their red color mixed with the green of the crushed peppermint is very festive indeed! Plus it smells very yummy, sweet vanilla and peppermint combined remind me of peppermint bark.

The tea itself tastes pretty good. I must say, it’s not as amazing as the smell because there’s only a touch of sweetness from the melted sprinkles. However, the flavors are still yummy together, and I can taste the vanilla (though I could use more!). Overall, it’s a perfectly nice little peppermint black tea with a touch of vanilla. Would definitely make a fantastic latte!

Flavors: Artificial, Peppermint, Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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4 tasting notes

This is the best mint tea ever.

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7 tasting notes

While this tea is pleasant, it is not one of my favourites.

4 min, 30 sec

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283 tasting notes

I’ve finished most of my favourite DAVIDs teas during this hiatus I’m on so it’s getting down to those that for me are just ok. Because a staple of mine is DAVIDs “Read My Lips” some people suggested I might enjoy “Santa’s Secret”, some even feel it is better. So I bought 50 grams a while back and after trying it originally and deciding I do not favour it, I left it there on the shelf.

Well, it’s getting to where I’m drinking everything. This is fine but it doesn’t have chocolate. Yes, I can add that with chocolate syrup but .. Meh. It’s still comforting as a mint tea, especially on cold nights when you snuggle up by the fire with a book and a shot glass of whatever to drop in your tea when the mood strikes.

In conclusion, I prefer Read My Lips and will continue to stock it over Santa’s secret. It has a bit more chocolate and the mint is just a little more muted. When it comes to mouthfeel they’re both the same.

PS. for those who don’t know already, Verdant just re-stocked our most favourite blends. You should hurry and buy the LB chocolate Genmaicha before I buy it all. Really. Buy now! I already got 8 oz but am thinking it’s not enough.


You are a “Tea Hoarder” ;p LOL!


@mrmopar I most certainly am not :) my cupboard is puny variety-wise. I just have large quantities of selected few.


I know, just ribbin ya a little.


Says mister i-have-cakes-upon-cakes-of-pu’erh in my specialy designed room :) @mrmopar


And you are 100% correct. Now if I can only find another place to put some more……

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