You know, trying ALL the teas on the wall doesn’t get easier when we keep releasing new ones; but such is the nature of DAVIDsTEA. Plus, I did think it was cool we created a limited edition December TOTM this year since typically there just isn’t a December one. I tried this one the day it launched; I’m just only now finding the time to write about it. Obviously I knew it was coming out sooner than that; and I got a chance the smell the dry leaf a little bit sooner than the first official launch day so I was already practically drooling over the tin when I got the chance to sip away at it on shift…
Personally, I’m not the world’s biggest fan of Santa’s Secret. I can’t really tell you why ‘cause I don’t know myself – but it just doesn’t excite me the way it excites others. This is a game changer though because I do really enjoy white chocolate and White Chocolate Frost is one of my all time favourite Winter/Holiday teas that DT has ever released, so I was hoping the flavour would be comparable.
Here are the notes I took on shift the day I tried it:
- Sweet, creamy and minty
- Sort of vanilla undertones?
- Tastes a lot like it smells but lighter on the mint
- Definitely an oilier/thicker mouthfeel w. chocolate goo
- Interesting, and enjoyable overall but I feel like it’s not very unique
- Doesn’t trump WCF; but is a satisfying enough option instead of it
For the record, I do like it better than Santa’s Secret as well.
I’ve since had the chance to try it a few more times, and what I’ve found is that it works best for me when it’s made in a gravity steeper rather than the sachets we use in store or a basket filter; I think that’s cause the white chocolate gets dispersed into the liquor a little bit better? I also enjoy it a lot with milk but shamefully I haven’t tried it as a latte yet even though it’s crazy popular that way. And, longer steeping times are generally ok ‘cause it lets the chocolate melt down better, and there’s so much added stuff in this blend that it wont get bitter if you tack on an extra minute or two.
I just wish it tasted a little bit more in line with the intense smell. That smell is just drool worthy; but the steeped tea is only a fraction as potent. If we could capture the smell in candle form I’d buy like a dozen of them, though!
Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically rating DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently seasonally employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.