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Black Leaf - Gong Fu


This lot was harvested in 2nd pluck of spring in the WuYi Mountains. An early pick, the leaves are quite aromatic and with oxidization – now a deep black color. While the name Gong Fu typically is used to describe a method of steeping tea, the name is used in the markets of Fujian Province for this style of black tea as well. The leaf is elegantly shaped, thin and unlike most Fujian blacks shows no golden buds/color. The taste is softly sweet, think of molasses and caramel with hints of fruitiness.  An excellent choice for a breakfast and or afternoon refresher tea.

Why we selected this lot.   The fact the tea was made early in the harvest and was grown in the WuYi Mountains offers two solid reasons for consideration. The cultivar is oolong, so it brings complexity to the palate.  The fact it was fully oxidized and processed to a black accentuates the depth of its native flavors. The tea maker has captured them and preserved its fresh notes. Upon tasting the lot, it was clear this tea is quite good and captures the flavor of the 2016 harvest.  

Interesting facts about our selection. It was grown in the WuYi Mountains of Fujian Province. Arguably one of China’s finest tea growing regions. The cultivar used for this black is an oolong. It was harvested early in April – before the rains. Note the uniformity of the leaves.

Taste profile. The taste of this lot is softly sweet and clean. We find flavors of molasses and caramel with some hints of fruitiness. As it is an oolong varietal, there is some body to the tea and it will steep a few times. The finish is long and clean. You will note its flavor floating in your mouth long after drinking.

Brewing suggestions. Use about 3 grams (a rounded teaspoon) for 12 ounces of water at a temperature of 195-205 degrees f. Steep for 2-3 minutes. The leaves should yield 2-3 steeps.

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  1. a flavorful black tea! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Mar 2018

    I enjoy this tea, Gong Fu black tea, it has great depth of flavor and can be re steeped numerous times. Especially good for iced tea in the summer.

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