Cloudwalker Teas

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84

Tasted this today and loved it. Quite like the shape too. What’s next? A pu erh football for the WC2014?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Peter

Or some pu erh Smurfs, to put around the mushroom?

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100
drank Oriental Beauty by Cloudwalker Teas
1573 tasting notes

This tea could easily fool me into thinking it was flavoured. When I opened the pouch I was hit with the aromas of berries and dried fruit. The tea itself is practically bursting with flavour, with a juicy peach or apricot flavour standing out most prominently but there’s also a bit of a wine-like undercurrent. So good!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Dian Hong by Cloudwalker Teas
778 tasting notes

Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss! This pu-erh is very mellow. It’s smooth with an earthiness flavor to it. Some slight floral notes as well. Glad I got the chance to try it!!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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83

I recently bought a yixing teapot as an early Christmas gift to myself. ;) With the intention getting to know that sort of teaware, and to drink much more oolong!

So far I am pleased with the initial results, because whenever I brewed this tea in my gaiwan, I think the tannins were a bit too bold. So while I enjoyed the flavours, it always seemed a bit unfriendly. But with the new tea vessel, I don’t have that problem anymore. It gave me a much more soft and balanced experience.

Anyhow, the tea description is spot on. Besides the familiar flavours I expected, it’s a very mouth watering tea. I find it easy to relax and daydream while I sip. Yesterday, when I also had this, the flavour lingered throughout the day. So overall I think this is a very memorable and easy tea to like.

125ml yixing teapot, 2 tsps, 4 steeps (30s, +15s resteeps)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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99

Finished the evening off with some raspberries and 6 short infusions of Oriental Beauty. A sweet treat (both the tea and the fruit) to end my weekend.

So far I’m really enjoying this tea, but I think it tastes a bit too “rich” and sweet for regular consumption. This sample size I got is working just well for special occasions.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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79

With the name “Organic Oolong” I didn’t really know what to expect. So the aroma of the freshly brewed tea was a pleasant surprise. Notes of honey, roasted oolong and that kind of cinnamon raisin bread scent really stick out.

The liquor goes down pretty light, but the honey flavour sticks in my mouth. It’s refreshing but leaves a rich texture.

Tea review based on 6 short steeps.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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99

Never tried Oriental Beauty before, but it’s impressed me from the first sip. It’s so sweet, the honey flavour really weighs down in my mouth like real honey. And then I notice the nice floral notes, and familiar oolong body.

If I had to compare this to anything else, it would be single malt scotch. No seriously, it’s very heavy, rich, and complex on the palate. The general flavour can’t compare, but the feeling I get while drinking it is very similar (minus the harsh feeling of alcohol going down).

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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93

Wow! This is really good! The spice notes are profound. A deep sweetness with a contrast of a somewhat sour note, and the spice mingling with those flavors is really quite fantastic!

I like this one a lot!

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64

As it stands, this one is a tweener and will undoubtedly improve with more age. The flavors are still quite sharp and are only beginning to develop. I did use this tea as an opportunity to introduce a friend to puer because it displays properties of both young and aged sheng.

I would definitely recommended this cake to someone who will continue to properly age it. The price is right and the flavors are there.

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72

The lively aroma of dark moss and shitake broth translates seamlessly into the flavor of the initial infusions carrying a light mouthfeel and slight dryness on the tongue albeit with no bitterness. The brothy savory notes cling to the back of the tongue and a light musty sweetness covers the rest of the mouth.

This one is pleasant and not very commanding. The price is very good for someone looking for a good everyday pressed sheng puer.

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87

This one starts with a delicate and mild aroma of sweet tobacco and dank moss. There is an immediately elegant sweetness to the over all light flavor to the liquor but with added notes of cedar and the incense of floral resins. The age does provide an element of austerity to the cup which, for me, really brings the flavors home. Brewing with hotter water brings out a typical aged “tang” and highlights the cedar and heavier wood notes.

The finish is slightly dry on the tongue and carries a cooling mouthfeel with a particularly interesting hui gan of eucalyptus and lavender.

Later infusions develop into more subtle interplays of lavender and sweet, mild incense. This one stays pleasantly heavy on the tongue yet light on the palate.

Shinobi_cha

Does it strike you as strange, or perhaps somewhat consequential, as you drink, that what you are drinking is over 50 years old?
Some guy who perhaps made that in his 20s is now 70 years old!

cultureflip

It is a testament to the beauty of the God-given gift of the tea plant that with proper care and attention something grown so long ago can not only taste good but so unique as well. I’m 27 and it’s definitely a trip to get a hold on anything that’s older than me let alone ingest it. Perspective is a funny thing and usually very humbling. It reminds me how delicate and transient our lives are in the grand scheme of things yet how resilient life is in itself. Amazing, really.

Shinobi_cha

And then if you think of things in the grand scheme, 50 years doesn’t seem too long at all. To me, it is amazing to think that God had the tea plant in mind (and all of the various kinds of tea he knew people would come up with from that one plant!) when he created the world. It’s kind of like jazz or laughter, difficult yet really cool to imagine that those were his ideas.

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90
drank Dian Hong by Cloudwalker Teas
4323 tasting notes

I cannot believe it took me so long to try this. As with most pu-erh teas, I was very hesitant to try it, because, well, even though I am acquiring a taste for pu-erh, it still scares me a bit.

But this is really good. If this was the first pu-erh I had ever tried, I would not have been so afraid of it for so long! This is something I could envision myself drinking on a daily basis, it’s so good. Now, I don’t believe I’ve ever said that about another pu-erh that I’ve tried, but I’m saying it about this one! It’s that good.

LiberTEAS

The second infusion is even better. It is smoother (if that’s possible!) and sweeter. I think… I may have just fallen in love with a pu-erh! I never thought that would happen!

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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.

Preparation
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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Dark. Earthy. Very smooth pu erh. This time when I drank it though I tried to be present with the tea, as sometimes my mind starts to drift to mundane daily living if I don’t focus. This time I got a hint of the exotic, even a bit of spice, anise and cloves maybe? Just a hint mind you, but really added to the drinking experience. Energy left me wired as usual for the day!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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The old tasting notes for this tea stand: smooth, clean and ending on a sweet note. The energy is a potent mix of yin/yang. So I was already a very happy camper this morning after waking up tired. I’ve also been trying a new methodology to enhance the chi experience from tea: following good tea with a rare form of internal kung fu I learned while in Taiwan. Conclusion so far? Really enhances the energy experience of the tea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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This is a tea we will be adding to the Cloudwalker family of teas. A shou pu erh from the 90s, this tea is buttery smooth on the palate leaving a lasting hui gan and the flavours are light and hint of hazelnut. There is almost no aroma to the infusion, but the chi packs an instant punch that will wake you up, regardless how tired.

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205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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82

this is another nice offering from Cloudwalker. Of the samples I tried, I prefer the bold Cinnabar over this one as the flavor is a bit mild. It is not vegetative/toasty/floral but as the other reviewers noted: this tea has a tangy/tingly very mild grape juice flavor (if I squint my eyes or taste buds)….Others also noted woodsy flavor and even seaweed. I could even note those as well. A laid back oolong for multiple steepings throughout the evening. I am at the 5th steeping and although this is mild, I can still get a noticeable flavor)

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94

What a wonderful oolong! I am backlogging as I had this one as my last tea of 2010 on New Year’s Eve and was a perfect selection. I noted honey and spicy, yes spicy flavors. This was juicy w/a discernable tickle on the tongue. This is one oolong that I would recommend and am looking forward to trying the rest of my Cloudwalker teas. No roasted flavors , no vegetative, no florals.

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75

Finishing off the last I have of this so that I can write a review for the SororiTea Sisters blog.

The more I taste this Pu-Erh, the more I like it. It has a delightful sweetness to it that reminds me of burnt sugar.

While it has been a journey of acquiring a taste for Pu-erh, I have quite enjoyed the journey. This is one of the more memorable Pu-erh teas that I’ve encountered.

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75

I held off on trying this for a while now. Pu-erh teas scare me. But, I had such a nice experience earlier today with a Yunnan Tuocha that I thought I’d be adventurous and try another Pu-erh today.

This is a pleasant Pu-Erh. Sweet with a rugged earthiness. Smooth mouthfeel.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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It’s been awhile since I had this tea and it’s always a pleasant surprise. Takgoti’s recent review reminded me to try it again. I had never really been able to pull out the white grape flavour, but I definitely know what others mean now. The aroma is so honey/apricot sweet and the flavour matches. Energy is potent, and followed with a pu erh, particularly so. An excellent tea, to be sure.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec
cultureflip

I love this tea. I hope you have more.

Cloudwalker Teas

@cultureflip: There is definitely more where that came from! Glad you like it!!

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Earthy, woodsy, and with a hint of spice, this tea goes down smooth and leaves a lasting hui gan in my mouth, a velvety mouth-feel long after consumption. This is probably the darkest, earthiest pu erh that Cloudwalker Teas carries. Lasting, yang energy as well lights the inner spirit on fire and leaves it blazing through the day.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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79

The aroma is a delicious must of an ancient basement carved out of rough earth and sanctified with old incense. There is a warm monkish simplicity to the liquor and a civilized sweetness that belies the wild nature of the leaf.

This is an excellent everyday aged sheng especially for the price.

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