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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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…
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!
(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 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.
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.
I drank this tea after a particularly smooth 30 year old wet stored pu erh. Needless to say, I was already feeling pretty frisky.
I haven’t had this particular tea in some time and forgot how complex its aromas are. After the first steep, I could smell a hint of charcoal smoke as it poured from teapot into tea pitcher, then as I raised the smelling cup to my nose for the first time… nothing… for just enough time to be confused before an explosion of nectarine, apricot, honey and wildflowers assailed my nostrils. The transition between each distinct aroma took a total of about 60 seconds, I think (didn’t have a stopwatch on hand). Then the flavours, a balanced fruit sweetness with a hint of nut, macadamia perhaps? As I continued drinking this tea, and it the steepings seemed to go on forever, I gradually slipped away from reality. The energy, though light, packs a pretty potent punch. If you’re looking to accomplish anything for the rest of the afternoon, forget it.
All around a well-balanced tea. Now to firmly plant my feet back on planet earth…
Definitely intoxicating, in every sense of the word. This tea had naturally occuring aromas and flavours that overpowered the senses. Poured from an Yixing teapot at near boiling water I nearly couldn’t put my smelling cup down. The aromas were like a rainbow wafting between honeycomb, plum blossom, and spring flowers and back again and they seemed to linger forever. The flavours were sweet with extremely long lasting hui gan. It wasn’t until hours later and after I’d eaten some pizza that the flavours finally started to leave my tongue. This tea may not last long on Cloudwalker’s main page because it is so fine. As for the chi, it quite literally cleanses the mind of all extraneous thoughts and allows a zen calm to fill the body and spirit and left me in a state of total relaxation. This may very well be one of the best teas I’ve ever had (and I’m usually a pu erh kind of guy). Expensive but worth every single dime.
Wow. I just drank this tea again, it truly is unfortunate that I can no longer procure any as it’s extinct in Asia. I would love to be able to share this tea with others. But I think I have only about 10g left. Sigh.
The review: I tend to steep this tea a little longer than most after rinsing, thirty seconds generally and increase by a half-minute with each following steeping. This tea is absolutely best appreciated through the gong fu method. The aroma opens from strong spring flowers into a very sweet apricot that lingers in the cup for nearly a minute and a half, gradually fading to honey. The flavour is similar, sweet, smooth and the hui gan exceptionally long lasting on the tongue. After drinking two other high grade teas, the chi energy in this one left my head spinning. It brought a whole new level to the meaning “tea drunk” or “high on tea”. Wow. I stared into space for nearly thirty minutes once finished this tea. I think I’m still a little high…
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.
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.