drank 2018 Waffles by white2tea
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Gongfu from last weekend!

Broke into this cake for the first time to enjoy before heading out to a housewarming party; I steeped it up to enjoy with a bowl of cherries. This is pretty damn close to the 2017 pressing in terms of flavour, which is to say that it’s really good!

Not an overly complex shou by any means – but it’s just so damn smooth with a very thick and dense infusion. I over leafed this hard because I really wanted something very dense and strong, and even though I’d not tried this tea before I knew from my experience with the 2017 pressing that this would be able to handle the over leafing without getting funky. Velvety, thick mouthfeel. Notes of very wet, sweet earth – kind of petrichor-ish, but also a little bit of mellow date spread and overripe black cherry. Maybe a hint of vanilla? Nine infusions total – then I had to start getting ready for the housewarming party.

Cherries were a good choice for nibblies: sweet and juicy, but also a very dense flavour that worked with the thick, smooth earthy notes of the tea and complimented the subdued black cherry note already present in the infusions.

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/BxnGFYrhbod/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNlAvnBU__s

Kawaii433

I really like this one too. I had the 2017 though, have you compared?

Roswell Strange

Not directly, but going from memory the two are very, very similar.

Kawaii433

Great :D

Kawaii433

and thank you for responding. :)

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Kawaii433

I really like this one too. I had the 2017 though, have you compared?

Roswell Strange

Not directly, but going from memory the two are very, very similar.

Kawaii433

Great :D

Kawaii433

and thank you for responding. :)

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Hello! My name is Kelly, though many people in the tea community call me Ros or Roswell.

I am a mid-twenties tea addict, blogger, and all around nerd. I grew up in the Prairies, but a few years ago I relocated to Quebec to pursue a career with DAVIDsTEA in the tea industry! I’m still working on getting my French language skills down…

My first introduction to tea, in any form outside of instant and bottled iced tea, was about seven years ago when I happened to stumble upon DAVIDsTEA while looking for a birthday present for a friend! I tried their Birthday Cake rooibos blend, and I’ve been hooked on tea ever since! In those seven years; I was introduced to the online tea community, expanded my interest in flavoured teas to include a deep love and appreciation for straight teas and traditional brewing methods, got a tea themed tattoo, started reviewing teas, amassed a sizable tea and teaware collection, became a TAC certified Tea Sommelier, & even came full circle by beginning a career in the tea industry with DAVIDsTEA!

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You name it, I probably drink it- and I’ll absolutely try anything at least once.

My default method of preparation is hot, Western style, and straight – but I’m not opposed to additions if I’m in the right mood. If I ever add something to a tea or use a different method of preparation I will ALWAYS call it out in the tasting note though.

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