Santa's Secret

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Black Tea
Black Tea, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Peppermint, Sprinkles
Creamy, Peppermint, Sweet, Vanilla, Earth, Frosting, Mint, Smooth, Chocolate, Artificial, Cotton Candy, Spearmint, 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 28 oz / 838 ml

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  • “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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Finally, after a really long and dry hot season, it seems like the rainy season finally made it to Quito, Ecuador! I love the rainy season! It is nice and cold, just enough to feel a bit chilled and make me want to drink even more hot tea! Once again venturing into my untasted, yet highly looked forward to David’sTea collection, I grabbed this one.

I honestly expected this to taste a whole lot like Read my Lips because of the Mint cream going on, but I was actually super surprised! In a great way!

The dry leafs smell minty and creamy. Unlike Read my Lips there is no chocolate in the scent. I don’t smell any spices that claim to be in the blend, but they may be hidden under the creaminess which I love. The little candy canes (way past the season at this point…) are adorable! I love all the little declarations that David’sTea adds!

Once brewed the dark liquor smells minty and smooth. The black tea adds an earthy scent that works really well with the sweet creamy sensation that the scent leaves behind. Unsweetened it is creamy and incredibly fresh feeling. sweetened, it is incredible. The smoothness of the mint mixed in with the spicy creamy sensation makes it hard to sip slowly. The sweeteners helps make the creamy aspect stand out an the mint become a little more of a sensation and after taste. A really well rounded dessert tea!

I have a full 2 oz but am already looking forward to being able to order more!!! I think this may become a must have for me along with Read my Lips! :)


It really is very smooth, I agree. Not too minty either.


I also agree on this one. I personally don’t like very much Read my Lips. Even if they are compared here very often, I find this one so much creamier and the mint feels just right! And I never noticed any spices either…

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Yay, guess what? I bought the Tea for the Tree set and gave the other two as part of a gift exchange at work. My co-worker absolutely loved his gift, and Sleigh Ride happens to be his favourite, so glad it worked out. Am I the only one who feels insanely stressed out picking out a gift for gift exchanges?

So I kept this one. Such a cute teal ornament too! The dry leaf smells like those colourful party mints. Like these!

Steeped, it loses that creaminess I get from the party mints, but smells like a sweetened black mint tea, essentially. No surprises. I get a pleasantly cool sensation with every sip.

Good stuff, but still prefer Read My Lips. That one has more going on.


I bought that set for my sister in law a couple of days ago. She likes Sleigh Ride too. I love Santa’s Secret; I’ll have to try Read My Lips someday soon.
I get stressed with gift exchanges too. This year, I have to buy something for a white elephant exchange. It’s hard to buy something when I don’t know who’s going to end up with it.


Read My Lips is mintier with a shot of chocolate. Please do try it sometime. You won’t regret it!

It’s always so hard to find something that could universally appeal to everyone. I figured tea would be the way to go for guys and girls alike because even if they don’t like the flavour, they can always have something for company.

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514 tasting notes

Merry Christmas everyone!
Santa was good to us, and now I will make some mint hot chocolate!~ With baileys! yessss

(but first – TEA!)

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1113 tasting notes

I got a few cups worth of this as a gift from BrewTEAlly Sweet! Thanks!!!

I’m off work this week so I haven’t been online nearly as much. I’ve still been drinking tea but not taking the time to write notes about most of them, heh.

Anyway, I was impressed with this one. I strongly prefer peppermint over spearmint, and this one is very nice and balanced well with the black base. It is rare for me to find a David’s Tea blend I would actually consider buying! Woot! AND it is appropriately festive :D

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It’s winter, I think. Feels like spring here. Anyway, this is one of my faves. The mint goes very well with the vanilla. Too bad this is a seasonal one, I would drink it year round if I could.

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I like this one a lot too, but it still feels like winter here :/


Last on the weather map it looked like the only warm place to be in the US is southern California and Key West. The rest of us are not happy about it ;)

Lariel of Lórien

Heh. I’m in central California, actually.

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I still have a nice-sized little baggie of this one from the DavidsTea ornament my sister gave me last year, so I figured it was time to use some up! I think I underleafed a touch, but the tea is pleasantly minty with a delicious chocolate flavour that blocks out any mint yuckiness. Which means, I like this one :) I don’t remember if I ever compared it to Read My Lips… I should have. I think it’s less chocolatey.

I’m just hoping my Timolino doesn’t permanently smell like mint now… last time I put Mayan Chocolate Chai in it, every tea I drank from it tasted like chai for at least two weeks…

(As a side note, this was apparently the third tea I logged on Steepster, and it was logged on January 30 2012! Which appears to be the day I joined Steepster! Woohoo, now I know :D It’s a bit sad to go back and see all the tasting notes with 0 likes though…)

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i can like more if you want haha. I just never remember to like the ones i read..i just enjoy them anonymously a lot of the time :P

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Today is going to be a long day..I can officially say that I’m sick. I’ve had people in my office walk by me and say “I can feel the heat from you.” I’m leaving tomorrow to LA for the weekend, to celebrate Chinese Vietnamese New Year, so I have to stay till 7pm to get all my work done. All day I’ve been drinking Vitamin C packets, eating oranges, and sneezing my heart out. Wahhh..(remind me when I feel better to clean my office) Bad timing man, maybe it’s a foreshadow of how my year will be for the year of the horse. (If you believe in so.) goodness, I still haven’t packed.

I made this tea in my timolino, maybe it’s because I’m sick but I can’t taste anything. Lol. Just the base and the cooling mint after. It will do though. Usually I make my teas in a steeper and then place it on top of my timolino. But I suppose my brother did the dishes and when he dumped the leaves he also dumped the filter. So I just put the infuser basket to catch the leaves but then leaves would get stuck in the steeper. When I come back, I am for sure purchasing stuff from Davids tea.

Davids tea also launched a new double wall glass traveling mug. I will honestly say that I would buy it just because I like to show off my teas and that glass is just classy looking to me. Lol. It’s different from the bamboo lid that they used to have, it now has a plastic lid? Also a longer infuser basket.

Aww, feel better soon. ♥ Seems like everybody’s sick now! I hope I don’t catch it next :(

Abby Noelle

Thanks! I said the same thing, but I still caught the bug:(


whoa, can you link to the new mug? I really, really don’t need another oen…but….I need to know what I’m missing out on. Research. And I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Abby Noelle

Lol, I’m still jealous that you own the mason jar with the infuser! Thank you, I hope I can enjoy it as well.


Hope you feel better soon!


I want it I want it I want it! I wonder if it’s leak-proof, though. and is the basket nice and deep? aaaalskjflaskdfjsldkfjsldkfjsldkfjs!!!!!!!!

Abby Noelle

I know!!!!! Lol idk if it’s leaked proof, but it’s a12 oz so I assume it’s the same size basket for the 12 oz timolino. I also saw the libre tumbler too, and good reviews on it.

Abby Noelle

Thank you Caile!


Hmmm, I hope the basket is deeper for this one, because I honestly didn’t find the basket for the (12 oz) timolino to be very deep at all. rest assured I will go to david’s tea at once, investigate, and report back!

Abby Noelle

Mm ahh the joy of having a davidstea near you. Lol. Hmm and report if you get the chance to sample Cherry Blossom;)

Crystal O.

Have fun, and feel better.

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Ever have one of those moments where your brain wants something (and knows exactly what) but the rest of you doesn’t? That was me this morning, I walked into my office after an early morning meeting and reached right for my Sugar & Spice bag, opened it up for a sniff… and then the rest of me went “Nah ah, what in the world are you thinking?!?” sigh

Oh well, instead I’m drinking my trusty Santa’s Secret. This is definitely a “feel good” tea for me, the peppermint/black tea combo just works in ways that I can’t describe. I love the creaminess of it and the hint of chocolate from the tea base, just ya… Yum! :)


It’s on special on their website this morning. 40% off 250g. I totally stocked up :)

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this tea is BACK! and let me tell you i ordered two full tins worth! i never order that much of one tea. but that is seriously how much i like this one. i’m not even a huge david’s tea fan, but this tea remains special. i had a big cup this morning and will probably have one tomorrow too. and the day after. forever. until i have to buy more yet again.
hello holidays! hello and good morning and hello!

since the day i received the ‘24 days of tea’ in the mail, i’ve just been grabbing a bag or two of the little sample tins and throwing them in my purse to take to work. at my desk i have my new asian style mug in the color of peppermint, and i just turn my electric kettle on and pull out the tins to see what i have with me.
so when i grabbed this one next and saw it had little peppermint sticks in it i was kinda tickled. (sprinkles add a weird oily coating and grimy residue to my tea, but candy canes are just a flourish!)
it’s an invigorating, slightly sweet, tiny tingle minty tea and PERFECT for noon tea.

why do we love this one so?!?!?!
i mean, there are several of us that drink this every day with enthusiasm. and i don’t understand it really because even with all the affection i have for this tea, when i try to describe it to someone it never really sounds as good as it tastes. but heck, all i can say is that i never thought of myself as a mint or peppermint lover. and i still don’t think of myself as a peppermint lover. but i can honestly drink this everyday with ease and joy.
mysteries are mysterious.

i have this tea for breakfast almost every morning i love it so much. i can’t explain it. i never thought of myself as a peppermint person. not at all. but there is something else going on in this tea. maybe it’s not the candy canes, but the secret part that i like so much.

i can’t believe that, over the past few days, i have deleted 200 blank reviews from my tea log.

i now have a list of 27 teas that i have drank more than once but i did not write a review of. and i’m planning to make some sort of note about them, even if it’s just a word or two (thumbs-up? thumbs-down?), over the next few weeks.
i’ll re-taste them if i’m able, or i’ll just have to recall as much as i can from memory if i have to.
the idea is that i will then know when i have for real tasted 500 teas :)

now off to a Pi Party! with tea in hand of course!


Ahhh I want to have a pi party, or go to one! Jealous right now!


a Pi Party! sounds AWESOME!

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

…..what’s a Pi party?


Today is National Pi (Pi 3-14) Day so people eat pie!

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

(duh). I want to eat pie! That’s way better than what my husband told me today was!……haha


well when this came back into stock, i ordered 200g of it. that was only a month ago. and yet a few days ago i ordered another 100g. i drink it that fast. i drink it when i’m not sure what tea mood i’m in. i drink it when i just don’t know what else to drink.


It’s a pretty great fall-back tea! Or latte. :)

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Aw man. I’m so depressed lately. Teapressed. I have a million teas to try and drink but lately not only do i have to limit my caffeine consumption but (cover your ears) I just don’t even feel like drinking a ton of tea. I’m sad because all my zillions of flavoured teas seem to be turning me off and since I’m limiting my intake I really want to focus on the ones I love. Figuring out what I feel like having is a nightmare these days!!

So I’ve been MIA and it sucks and that’s why.
As this was one of my old favourites from back in the day I decided to have some this morning. But something is wrong. It seems like I can just taste fakeness. It’s still tasty but this new development is both distracting and disappointing. I am unsatisfied :(

I also watched the end of the Tenth Doctor recently and that only added to my depression.

Sorry guys.
I want to keep reading everyone else’s reviews and maybe that will encourage me. I was also in Maine for 4 days so I had no tea! Just one crappy bagged tea from Dunkin Donuts. I threw it out.

And it’s chilly and perpetually rainy here so I can’t even make myself drink my new Davidstea herbals cold brewed! Wahh!

I’m a downer, my apologies

Don’t worry about being a downer, we’re all there at one point or another. I hope you feel better and things look brighter (weather included!) soon, though!


D: That does not sound like fun! Hopefully you can get back to drinking tea and enjoying it soon – is the caffeine restriction a permanent thing?


i was just thinking about how i hadn’t seen you here recently. and jeez i feel like i wrote the handbook to moody tea tastings. or just moody living. or whatevs. i think last night i finally came out of a tea tasting funk. maybe we’re connected. downers are my compatriots.

Josie Jade

Hope you feel back to normal soon! If there are any teas in my cupboard that tempt you, I’d be happy to send them your way! :)


The tea blahs…. Yeah I’ve been there. Not sure what to drink. No energy to review it so then you don’t want to drink it. A billion teas and nothing catches your eye.

Hope you feel better soon! We’ll miss your reviews.


tea blahs. yes.
it’s really nice to know it’s not just me.


Ah man. Total bummer. I’ve been there too a bit lately. I think I’m tea-polar, way high on tea or a bit grumpy about it. Hopefully you’ll swing back soon! In the mean time there’s beer!?!


beer haha yes tellmeaboutit!
(hi untappd!)


sometimes it’s nice to just hang out and watch the tea reviews :)


Hope you feel better soon, and I agree with everyone’s comment…seems like we’ve all been there at one time or another, and people here are always supportive. I know just reading here has helped me many times :-)

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

Thanks for the support, you guys are great! :) I’m hoping my tea-appetite will return soon but for now I’m just sticking with my proven faves! If my love of flavoured black teas doesn’t come back I guess I will be sharing an abundance of my stash!

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