Our "Black Dragon", a Congou, is made in the style of classic Fujian Province blacks. "Congou" is a name used in the tea trade for "gongfu" which means skill and patience, attributes needed to make a really good black. The leaves are comparatively thin for a black tea reflecting the Fujianese style of elegance in their black teas. A well-made Congou offers complex flavors of malt and sweetness. This style of black tea is excellent as a morning beverage and enjoyed during the day as a refreshing cup. This lot was harvested in early April 2016. Lot # CF-6.
Why we selected this particular lot. This style of black tea offers a range of taste and aromas we find very satisfying. The lot we selected is a good mix of leaf and bud and the taste is rich as a result. The firing of the leaves was well done as there is a fresh fragrance to the leaves and the taste developed by the tea maker is quite good. The lot should age well as the flavors of the leaves deepen. Note how you feel after drinking this tea!
Tasting notes. Multi-layered in taste - ranging from softly sweet cocoa, to hints of malt and fresh fruit. Always refreshing, one will also enjoy its lingering, sweet finish. The aroma is crisp and clean. Leaves are large and rich in flavor, so it will steep multiple times. Milk and sugar can be used. Harvested in early April 2015.
Brewing suggestions. Three grams or a tablespoon of tea is our recommendation for 8-12 ounces of water. Water temperature should be about 195 degrees F. Steep for 2-3 minutes and taste.
Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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Silk Road Teas is more than just tea. We are committed to giving back to our community by providing jobs packaging our teas to disabled adults. As the older brother of a disabled person, Ned Heagerty, Silk Road Teas President, recognized the challenges and limited opportunities disabled adults face. So he wanted to make a difference. It is a small step, but it is an action we believe in and will continue to follow. Recently, we were honored by receiving the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for our commitment to employ persons with disabilities.
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Congous from the south of China are considered the "clarets" of China teas.
Congous range greatly in taste and aroma. Some stronger to smokey side, others light and sweet, almost fruity.