Black Dragon Congou - Limited Harvest

Regular price $9.50

Style: Black

Origin: Fujian Province, China

Description: Our Black Dragon is a Congou from Fujian, the province where much of the tea trade in China has grown its international reputation. Congou is tea trade language for "gongfu" which essentially translates to skill, patience and best practice – necessary attributes for creating a truly fine black. Black Dragon is a blend of richly dark leaves and playful golden buds from an early spring harvest which have been shaped in the typical Fujian style. A well-made Congou offers a complex tea with malt and toasty sweetness. This black tea would serve as an excellent morning cup and can be enjoyed during the day as a refreshing cup. Take note of how you feel before and after drinking this tea!

Tasting Notes: A fragrant sweet and toasty steam rises from the steep. The large leaves unfurl to reveal a wide complexity that is woven together by the warmth of the fired leaf. Soft dark chocolate blends with a malted hay. This tea offers a clean and lush full-mouth feel at the front and a gently building dryness at the back of the palate. There is no astringency. Hints of toasted peaches and a delicate spice arise alongside a faint rosey disposition. This tea invites exploration and experimentation with subsequent steeping to discover deeper complexities.

Brewing Instructions: 3 grams (2 tsp) per cup. 90-95ºC water. Steep 2-3 minutes Drain the leaves between steeps and re-steep multiple times.

China has a rich and ancient tradition of producing high quality teas of all varieties, and black tea is no exception. This is where tea culture and industry, as we know it, began nearly 2,000 years ago.

Known as ‘Red Tea’ in China, the tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis sinensis plant are smaller and finer than their Indian counterparts, the Camellia sinensis assamica, and prefer cooler mountainous regions. Usually plucked by hand and gently processed, the end result are exquisitely fragrant teas with lesser levels of astringency and a soft body.

Several Chinese provinces are famous for their regional tea selections: Fujian Province is home to the well-known, pine-smoked Lapsang Souchong, while Keemun tea, the official choice of the British Queen, is produced in Anhui Province. Yunnan province produces the ever-popular varieties of Yunnan black tea and is also the region where China started its tea cultivation.

The organic teas we import are artisanally farmed and crafted. They may change with each harvest season. The same tea harvested at a different time of year and processed by a different tea maker will vary slightly in flavour and finish.

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