49 Tasting Notes

I drank this tea again today (three oolongs in one day, I know, I know, so much tea, but I couldn’t resist). Oriental Beauty is certainly one of our customer favourites and rightly so, it has a uniquely floral aroma and the flavour is reminiscent of citrus and honey. Chi energy is strong, especially when I drink it after other strong chi teas.

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195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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I drank this tea today after a particularly nice cliff tea of unknown heritage. I was fortunate to find another 25g! I will savour it over time for sure… Amazing drinking longevity. I steeped this tea about 10 times and it just kept going. What I said in my previous review still stands. It sure packs a wallop of a chi punch.

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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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I had some of this tea tonight. Amazing. Of the Wu Yi cliff teas it is certainly my favourite. I am fortunate to have a small stock of “mother tree” Bai Ji Guan leftover from my supplier in Taiwan. I haven’t procured more for my company because it wasn’t popular enough and is too expensive. But it is definitely one of the best teas we have carried for aroma (apricot and honey), flavour (apricot, almost sweet, and clean) and chi (a powerful wallop). All around, an excellent tea. If our company grows, perhaps I will consider stocking it once again…

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195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec
wombatgirl

Sounds amazing!

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We’ve been looking for some time at Cloudwalker to find another pu erh tea in pressed form that will be affordable to our clients but still meet our very high expectations for the teas we sell. This one is a gem. I’ve had it several times now, but this last time I really got the leaf quantity, and steep time just right. I steeped it a little longer and used a little more leaf than I usually do with pu erh and the dark red/brown liquor that resulted showed I’d done the right thing. This tea is sublime. The aroma hints of a walk in the woods on a fall day and the flavour is sweet with a hint of the sheng green bitter, but just a hint mind. And the energy. I felt it blasting through every chi blockage in my body. After drinking the Da Yu Lin this tea’s energy was particularly potent! In one word, I’ve already said it: sublime.

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205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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I tried the Spring ‘09 harvest of this tea today and I have to say that although it is not as fresh or crisp tasting as the Spring ’10 harvest, it is still packed with energy. Still crisp and floral tasting, it leaves that clean feeling in the mouth like after you’ve been to the dentist. It also has incredible scents of a warm sunny summer day in the apple orchard. Again, aromas are not as pronounced as the Spring ’10, but an excellent tea none-the-less.

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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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I drank this tea this morning. Sublime. When I lifted the smelling cup to my nose I held it there for nearly a minute as the aromas transitioned from honey to apricot to plum to a distant wildflower field. Flavour also left a maltiness in my mouth and a lasting hui gan (returning sweetness on the tongue). Energy: potent. Very potent. This morning it was tough to go to work. I’ve had this tea before after first drinking a pu erh and the energy is overpowering, and when following a good pu erh like Bliss or Rainbow, I was left in a deep meditation for a couple of hours.

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205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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I tried this tea after a long hiatus. It practically jumped off the shelf at me this morning when I was deciding what to have before breakfast. I heated my water, prepared my yixing teapot which has been seasoned for aged oolongs, got out my gong fu cups and promptly forgot about the world with the first several inhales and sips of this tea. I really do enjoy oolongs, they all have such a rich depth of flavour and aroma. The sweet, honey notes were well pronounced in this one, especially in aroma and the taste was velvety smooth with a hint of roast as it went down. And the energy was potent. Somehow 30 mins disappeared and I nearly missed my bus. I still had to iron a shirt and pack my lunch but caught the bus in the nick of time. What an excellent tea! Except now I’m all spacey at work. Hopefully no-one notices…

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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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I drank this tea this morning after I woke up in the traditional gong fu sitting. I was nearly late for work as a consequence. I blissed out for about half an hour before quickly cleaning up and getting ready to go! Dark, earthy and wit a hint of spice, I really like the depth of energy to this tea. Awesome. First steep 30 seconds, increased by 10 seconds per steep thereafter. I think I ended up getting 10 steeps out of it in the end!

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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I just drank this tea for the first time in a long time… As a shop owner, I suffer from having too many choices sometimes and as a consequence some very good teas go untried for too long. Even though I didn’t drink this tea in my traditional gong fu method, by only filling my mug half full I was still able to appreciate the incredible aromas: apricot and honey mostly. The flavour is light, roasted oolong with a hint of anise and the energy is quite deep when I permit myself to close my eyes. An excellent tea to be sure.

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195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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I have got to stop pairing such energy potent teas. I’ll never sleep tonight at this rate. It was a crummy day at work (online tea companies don’t pay my bills, as awesome as that would be so I took a full-time job as well) so I decided on an intense tea session. Started with the 20 year old oolong, one of Cloudwalker Teas more popular teas. I have to pretty much agree with my previous post, except to add that if you’re feeling down and in the dumps, this tea will pick your energy right up and flip the negativity the other way. I’ve always been amazed at this. I think the energy of this tea paired with the gong fu ceremony and meditation really is good for the soul. So there: a soulful tea of complex flavours and aromas.

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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec
cultureflip

Billowing sail, yes . . . there is a definite nautical aspect to this tea most definitely brought on by the careful ageing. Nice one, a delight to the senses . . . thanks for making this available!

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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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