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Ok. I’m not going to lie: I broke off 4g of this tea, put it into an 80ml 1980s red clay yixing teapot, heated my water to a fisheye boil, cooled to 96 degrees C and started steeping. I rinsed for ten seconds and poured off. Then steeped for 45 seconds. The first pour was incredibly dark red, tasted slightly green with that classic pu erh earthiness, and smelled of a fall day in the woods. Energy for such a young, sheng pu erh was mellow and relaxing. I kept resteeping this tea, 20+ times and it was still going strong when I stopped. I’ll probably use less leaf next time. All around, I liked this tea, and it’s only going to get better with age. There’s also quite a bit of tea here for the price as well.

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec
cultureflip

I just ordered a sample of this and your 1995 sheng. Im in the market for a good beeng or tuo and am fielding these two as options for a purchase. Im excited to try this one!

Cloudwalker Teas

@cultureflip: although I really like the 95 tuo and the 2000 jin cha, I’m still more partial to our loose leaf pu erh teas. For younger pu erh however, this is definitely pretty awesome. I was a happy camper this morning when I tried this one again.

cultureflip

I believe you that your premium loose aged puer is better but I’m trying to find an adequate everyday tea with just enough complexity for the price. I do like your “wild” sheng but I have yet to try “bliss”, “joy” or “rainbow”. From what you have said, I’m sure they are really good!

Cloudwalker Teas

@cultureflip: then I definitely recommend the two tuo. They are perfect (in my opinion anyway) for everyday consumption and I regularly use both for just this purpose. To help get them to mellow out their flavours faster, you may find that breaking them up into a ceramic/glass/earthenware bowl with a terry cloth cover will allow them to “age” faster (i.e. 3 months in this condition shows a much more mellowed, less sharp “green” flavour). I’ve been doing this for awhile and have found it definitely works for good sheng cake pu erh.

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cultureflip

I just ordered a sample of this and your 1995 sheng. Im in the market for a good beeng or tuo and am fielding these two as options for a purchase. Im excited to try this one!

Cloudwalker Teas

@cultureflip: although I really like the 95 tuo and the 2000 jin cha, I’m still more partial to our loose leaf pu erh teas. For younger pu erh however, this is definitely pretty awesome. I was a happy camper this morning when I tried this one again.

cultureflip

I believe you that your premium loose aged puer is better but I’m trying to find an adequate everyday tea with just enough complexity for the price. I do like your “wild” sheng but I have yet to try “bliss”, “joy” or “rainbow”. From what you have said, I’m sure they are really good!

Cloudwalker Teas

@cultureflip: then I definitely recommend the two tuo. They are perfect (in my opinion anyway) for everyday consumption and I regularly use both for just this purpose. To help get them to mellow out their flavours faster, you may find that breaking them up into a ceramic/glass/earthenware bowl with a terry cloth cover will allow them to “age” faster (i.e. 3 months in this condition shows a much more mellowed, less sharp “green” flavour). I’ve been doing this for awhile and have found it definitely works for good sheng cake pu erh.

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I’ve been drinking tea since I was a kid when I used to have a strong cup of Earl Grey with my Grandmother. Six years ago I went to Taiwan, met a tea master and have been really appreciating Chinese tea in the gong fu cha tradition ever since. I even started a small online company selling the teas I can procure from tea masters in Taiwan and China. Can’t find a good aged pu erh? I’ve got it. Don’t like the cliff tea you got online? I bet I’ve got a better one. Want to try some different kinds of oolong? Got those too. I’ve got lots of gong fu tea brewing accessories as well.

Also, if you ever have a question about tea, accessories or brewing, I’d be happy to answer them. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll look it up! I have access to a wide range of tea literature that is out of print which I collected while in Taiwan.

Cloudwalker Teas is quite literally a two-person tea distributor. We believe in the teas we bring to the world through our online store are better than anything at almost every other place. We are tea purists, which means we don’t believe in mixing teas post production. A pu erh is simply that, pu erh. A green a green, oolong is oolong. We believe that teas have so many naturally different aromas and flavours that it is a shame to cover them up with flavourings and flowers.

When we review a tea, we take into account three components: aroma, flavour and chi energy. A good tea must have all three of these components to be considered at our store.

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