Rou Gui (Cinnabar) Wu Yi Cliff Tea from Cloudwalker Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong (Cliff Tea)

Where to Buy:  Cloudwalker Teas

Product Description:

Cinnabar, or Rou Gui in Chinese, is another of our fine mother tree cliff teas. The long-lasting aroma of this tea has hints of exotic spices and scents from the depths of a honeycomb. The energy of Cinnabar is deep and penetrating and this tea can stand alone or be consumed after another enhancing the overall chi effect. This tea was hand picked, processed and packaged contributing to this intense energy. Like our other mother tree cliff teas, once our stock of this is gone, it may be gone for good!

Taster’s Review:

Wow!  This Oolong is SO good!

It is so different from any other Oolong I’ve tried.  I attribute the difference to the fact that this is a “cliff tea.”  I wasn’t too sure what that meant, so I visited the Cloudwalker Teas website to learn more.  This tea is grown in on the Wu Yi Mountain and is hand roasted.  Due to the processing and care that is put into this tea, it is exceptionally rare.

It is also exceptionally delicious!

The first thing I noticed about this tea is a profound spice tone to the cup.  It has a very exotic taste to it, like it’s been seasoned with the essence of warm spice (but it hasn’t!)  The next thing I notice is a deep sweetness to it, which is contrasted sharply with a sour note.  The complexity of this tea excites and invigorates the palate.

When I visited the Cloudwalker Teas website, I noticed that this tea is currently sold out.  I do recommend visiting the website regularly to learn when it might be back in stock, because this one is well worth the extra effort to obtain!  It’s one of those rare gems that you’ll want in your tea cupboard!


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

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