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Nice and soothing to the stomach while still stimulating the palate. This one is not going to give you the sometimes unwelcome bottom-heavy blackness some other shu puerh deliver. Instead, the tone is lifted a bit providing a nicer, quieter, more geltle experience (thus the little star). I’ve also noticed a subtle edge not present in other cooked puer reminiscent of a soft Yunnan red. Again, it’s subtle and gently lifts the flavor out of the murky depths of lesser shu.
This is a really interesting tea. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted anything quite like it. It is earthy, woodsy, and slightly smoky. It is malty and a little bake-y… and even a little buttery. I can taste distant notes that have hints of flower and fruit to them. There is a deep sweetness to this.
I really like this. I REALLY like this!
Two Oolongs in one day? Yay!
OK… this is totally yum. Like YUMMMMMM!
This has a very lovely honey-esque note to it, sweet, with a roasty nutty taste too. A very light buttery touch, and a very pleasant floral note.
This is why I love Oolongs!
No other teas can match their complexity, in my opinion… such a unique depth of flavor, rich mouthfeel, it’s like drinking liquid gold.
I don’t want this to come out the wrong way…but…this looks like a pile of leaves towards the end of fall! LOL It’s not a slam…just an observation!
This also smells like a walk in the woods in the fall.
The taste reminds me of an oolong, almost, but not quite. The first taste is quite nutty, too! It’s oddly smooth. This is much better than I expected – only because I have a hot and cold relationship with pu-erhs, usually, they seem to snub me…this one doesn’t…it’s very social and tries very hard to be noticed without being annoying or obnoxious. I think I will take this wild-child under my wing…this kid’s got potential!
I love this tea! It has the most beautiful honey-like tone to it. So sweet and delicious.
I just got done writing a full review of it and it will publish soon on the SororiTEA Sisters blog: http://sororiteasisters.com
(AKA Da Lie Lin)
I seemed to be double muggin’ it today! LOL
This is the very first Cloudwalker Tea I have ever tried and am very excited!!!
This one infuses to a bright greenish-yellow. It has next to no scent but if I try real hard with one eye crossed I suppose I can get a VERY subtle floral scent to it. The taste IS incredibly smooth and semi-sweet. Fresh, clean, crisp – even! This is very good…I like this a lot! Looking forward to more Cloudwalker Teas!
I’ve been reacquainting myself with this tea the past few days. Like any good pesticide free pu erh, this one is clear and clean on the tongue. It leaves a lasting hui gan (returning sweetness) in the back of the throat and the tongue feeling particularly silky smooth post-swallow. The flavour is earthy, but lighter than many other aged, sheng pu erh. The aroma is much the same. The energy is lasting for this tea and often leaves me “spacey” for a few hours after drinking. That said, I’ve never required less sleep, been more focused and more productive than I have the past two weeks. The morning pu erh experiment has been going very well. Today was the first day in two weeks that I had coffee in the afternoon and that was only necessary because I happened to be reading an exceedingly boring document at work. Other than that, I have not once felt inclined to nap in the afternoon (especially positive since this would NOT be conducive to the ol’ 9-5).
I should mention here that I used only about 2g of leaf in a 150cc gong fu yi xing pot, and infused longer than I normally do, reducing the number of steepings I could get out of this tea. This was a positive thing however because it meant less time in the morning committed to the tea and I woke up late, so I didn’t waste any tea. But this has turned out to be an excellent way to start the day.
I drank some of this tea this morning. You know that feeling you get from coffee after about 15-20 mins? It picks you up until you crash later in the morning. Tea like this one is so energy rich that it actually keeps me going all day. I think one of the nicest aspects of this tea is that it comes from “the wild” so I know it’s pesticide free (which comes out in the flavour since it is clean tasting and not bitter). I’m wide awake now and ready to face the world; who wouldn’t be after a tea like this…
This wild pu erh has a smoother, milder flavour than many pu erh’s I’ve tried. Earth, certainly with a hint of nut, perhaps almond? The aroma reminds me of walking in the woods on a spring day, pungent but not overly so, and fresh. It leaves a very pleasant hui gan (returning sweetness) on the back of my tongue. After rinsing, my initial steep was a little longer than I do for most pu erh at roughly 20 seconds, adding fifteen seconds to each progressive steeping to draw out the full breadth of aromas and flavours.
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.
Ok. So I went back to the Fall 2009 version of this tea: awesome. The aroma wafted between honeycomb and crocuses and the flavour was similarly sweet and nectarlike. Energy is light and uplifting: effervescent. This is a sublime tea. It reminds me, each time that I drink it, of my first truly fresh oolong experiences when I was living in Taiwan.
I have to say though, that although the Spring 2010 version is tasty, it doesn’t quite live up to the standard of Fall 2009. Can’t wait till Fall 2010 arrives!
Opened up a sealed can of this tea this morning. I love opening a fresh tea for the first time from its vacuum sealed package: the smell out of the bag is so fresh and green and floral. The leaves brewed up to a luminescent yellow-green, the aroma was sweet and honeylike, and the flavour had a hint of astringency but was mostly clean and clear. It left that really smooth feeling in the mouth and a returning hui gan on the breath.
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.
As advertised, this is a pretty high grade oolong. Crisp, clean, fresh flavour and a strong scent of wildflowers and honey. The energy is light and playful, and with progressively longer steepings after the initial 30 second steep, it has real drinking longevity. Expensive, but worth every penny.