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drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
45 tasting notes

Today is my birthday, and my present to myself was to brew an entire carafe of this for breakfast.

This wonderful tea has filled the place in my heart and my cupboard that was previously occupied by Upton’s currently unavailable Panyang Bohea Supreme. That insanely cocoa-y tea had become a minor obsession, as I compulsively checked the New Arrivals section of Upton’s site almost daily, knowing full well that, barring a miracle, it would not be restocked until late fall. If ever.

Zhi’s Gong Fu Black is, so help me, the identical twin of Panyang Bohea Supreme: rich, naturally cocoa-y to the max, little to no astringency. To me this is the pinnacle of what Chinese black teas, particularly Fujians, can be. And because it is readily available, I am able to stop my frantic stock-checking, relax and enjoy a pot of it whenever I like.

As I take stock of the many blessings in my life, I must include this remarkable tea among them. Thank you for restoring my mental health, Gong Fu Black! And a million thank-yous, Zhi Tea, for offering it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
SimplyJenW

Happy Birthday! This is definitely Birthday tea!

Indigobloom

Happy birthday to youuuuu! enjoy the tea, I hope there are more tea delights in store! :)

Angrboda

Happy belated birthday. :D I hope you had a lovely day.

JacquelineM

Happy Birthday!!!!!!!! xoxoxoxo

LadyLondonderry

Thank you for the kind birthday wishes, everyone!!

JacquelineM

Also, I know we have very similar tastes so I just ordered a nice big pouch of this. I couldn’t resist :) I am so excited to try it!

LadyLondonderry

I too went out on a limb and ordered a big pouch without sampling first, and I have no regrets! I think you will love it, too!

SimplyJenW

You two are both braver than I. I ordered a tin first….and then put in a second order for a bag…. ;) (I am not super thrilled with the tins. They look very cool, but they don’t seal all that well due to the oval shape. They seal really well on the ends of the oval, but not so much in the middle.)

JacquelineM

If Jen and LadyL love it, I know I’m going to love it. I had no hesitations ordering that pouch. It’s as good as already tasted :) (Jen I have like half an oz of the Imperial Golden Monkey left that I ordered 4oz of completely untasted from your rec. Needless to say I am enjoying it so so much!!)

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SimplyJenW

Happy Birthday! This is definitely Birthday tea!

Indigobloom

Happy birthday to youuuuu! enjoy the tea, I hope there are more tea delights in store! :)

Angrboda

Happy belated birthday. :D I hope you had a lovely day.

JacquelineM

Happy Birthday!!!!!!!! xoxoxoxo

LadyLondonderry

Thank you for the kind birthday wishes, everyone!!

JacquelineM

Also, I know we have very similar tastes so I just ordered a nice big pouch of this. I couldn’t resist :) I am so excited to try it!

LadyLondonderry

I too went out on a limb and ordered a big pouch without sampling first, and I have no regrets! I think you will love it, too!

SimplyJenW

You two are both braver than I. I ordered a tin first….and then put in a second order for a bag…. ;) (I am not super thrilled with the tins. They look very cool, but they don’t seal all that well due to the oval shape. They seal really well on the ends of the oval, but not so much in the middle.)

JacquelineM

If Jen and LadyL love it, I know I’m going to love it. I had no hesitations ordering that pouch. It’s as good as already tasted :) (Jen I have like half an oz of the Imperial Golden Monkey left that I ordered 4oz of completely untasted from your rec. Needless to say I am enjoying it so so much!!)

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I am a nearly lifelong tea drinker, a habit to which I ascribe much of my good health and good humor. I enjoy all types of tea but find special comfort in strong black teas lightened with a splash of unsweetened almond milk.

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