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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
342 tasting notes

in am writing this most favourable review in honour of two friends: Ysaurella (who is the one ultimately receiving the sample) and keychange who wrote such a lovely impassioned review of this blend!

first thing’s first: keychange.
david’s teas was my first loose leafing source. i have mostly moved beyond them…. honestly i find them a tad too cutesy with names and sprinkles, etc. i could have taken that in stride to a certain extent… but, i began encountering discrepancies in the ingredients lists. a serious thing to be sure, especially for someone with allergies!

however, if no one gives us a second chance then it doesn’t matter if we get better. and if our efforts don’t matter, then why should we make them at all? bit by bit i have cautiously been trying david’s teas again.

they have a few blends that are superlative! bar none their blueberry jam is the best ever! true they have not been doing tea for 300 years like many of the apothecaries in france, but we all start somewhere.

never let us say that we are impervious to peer pressure— we all are under the right circumstances. my friends can absolutely influence me! so when shopping for some north american extras to tack into my return swap to the brilliant Ysaurella, keychange’s review of this tea came to mind!

what amused me most at david’s today was the gravity with which the diligent young manager absorbed what i was saying.

‘i have a tea buddy in france that sent me some beautiful damman freres and mariages freres samples…’

the young woman spluttered and coughed and managed to look both jealous and aghast at the same time, lol.

‘she what? wow. oh wow.’

as per keychange’s review…. indeed this is a very nice tea….. especially if you mix it with sweetened condensed milk! definitely a spice cake tea. although i can’t put my finger on it absolutely, i think it may be the carrot that persuades me that i am drinking cake! very nicely done.

why am i sampling Ysaurella’s samples? because i am not sending her anything that i haven’t tried, plain and simple =0)

a beautiful cold weather blend. don’t be afraid to let it steep for 7. thanks in part to keychange i am changing my david’s teas tune.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec
keychange

I feel so flattered that my review made you more excited to try this!

JustJames

you and like similar teas and you are very eloquent with your writing… no doubt your thoughts held sway!

Ysaurella

ah I am impatient now to taste this DT – I have to say until now I am not very impressed by the brand (except for their marketing !)

JustJames

they can very hit or miss, it’s true. this one i think you may like because of the spicing! definitely a cake tea. and of course i’m sending you some blueberry jam. it is quite excellent…. there are others as well =0)

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keychange

I feel so flattered that my review made you more excited to try this!

JustJames

you and like similar teas and you are very eloquent with your writing… no doubt your thoughts held sway!

Ysaurella

ah I am impatient now to taste this DT – I have to say until now I am not very impressed by the brand (except for their marketing !)

JustJames

they can very hit or miss, it’s true. this one i think you may like because of the spicing! definitely a cake tea. and of course i’m sending you some blueberry jam. it is quite excellent…. there are others as well =0)

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Time For A ReWrite!

A good friend of mine on here kindly asked me to do the Steepster world a favour and list my allergies front and center (fair enough, lol):

-COFFEE … rare, nasty, not even a bit funny if i’m exposed. (call me original)

-ROOIBOOS … is a new appearance. under certain circumstances i’m okay with it (ie if it’s GREEN and paired with mate) but because i have an auto immune disease i try not to poke at things.

*NOT an allergy, but an abnormality that drives my tea buddies bananas, i AM INCAPABLE OF TASTING CARAMEL AND TOFFEE. so i thought i’d list it at the top too. it’s very annoying. they smell great!!?

Hi! I’m James!

I’m a student: double major of human geography and psychology with the intention of chasing a double doctorate. (reading that over it occurs to me again that i must be crazy).

i’m a live and let live sort. i look and see alot of silver linings. my discovery of tea has only served to further that viewpoint. for me tea is art and nuance, watercolours and bold brushstrokes….

swaps are grand things! the element of surprise in a tea swap completely trumps forrest gump’s chocolate box life metaphor, lol.

favourites: french teas dammann freres, mariage freres and nina’s paris especially.

i have recently discovered a german tea company that has romanced me: tea gschwendner (sp?)

mandala teas is brilliant and a company i count on.

justea and tealet are companies i study because of both their exceptional products and and business models, as well as their work with farmers who are TOO POOR for fair trade certification. this is highly relevant to my studies.

90-100 i need more
80-90 i might need more, or it might be a respect vote
below 75? it was likely an oops buy. my evolution into french teas has vastly focused what i like!!

however, i’m always open to trying things.

dislikes so far: guayasa, darjeeling, most peach teas.

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