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 2018. Lot #1.
Why we selected this particular lot. This lot was selected based on the fact it offers a rich and satisfying black tea taste. It offers a range of tastes and aromas - all satisfying. The lot is a good mix of leaf and bud with favorable effects on its flavor. The firing of the leaves was even handed, almost delicate - with the result of a freshness to its fragrance. 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 2018
Brewing suggestions. Three grams or a tablespoon of tea is our recommendation for 8-12 ounces of water. Water temperature should be about 195 - 205 degrees F. Steep for 2-3 minutes and taste.