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This was so good yesterday that I just had to have it again today. This was the first tea of tea party, as I wanted a great unflavored black tea to pair with our food. Today we had slices of homemade buttermilk bread, buttered and toasted, then spread with black currant jam, lingonberry jam, and/or Double Devon Cream.

How good was it? It was the only one of today’s teas that my guest requested a second cup and though she liked the other teas, said that this one was her favorite of the day.

Smooth, cocoa-y, hearty without biting, this is indeed a great black tea.

Bonnie

I read about the Congou being the 5th leaf down, harder to pick and get to, more valued and larger. Not the leaf a machine picks. Personally, I love a good Congou Keemun and what you paired this with sounds delicious!

ashmanra

I couldn’t find any information on that, Bonnie, I had read that the souchong leaves were five through seven. Is that what you were thinking of? I think Congou means the same as Kung Fu and gongfu, meaning “masterfully made.” But maybe it does refer to the hand picking?

Denise @ Nature's Tea Leaf

I finally broke down and made myself a pot of this. It is one of the few I haven’t tried here and it is as delicious as your words described. I can see why your friend had seconds. I think I will keep this pot to myself and maybe take a little home for the rainy weekend ahead.

ashmanra

So glad you tried it and liked it, Denise! It is excellent!

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Bonnie

I read about the Congou being the 5th leaf down, harder to pick and get to, more valued and larger. Not the leaf a machine picks. Personally, I love a good Congou Keemun and what you paired this with sounds delicious!

ashmanra

I couldn’t find any information on that, Bonnie, I had read that the souchong leaves were five through seven. Is that what you were thinking of? I think Congou means the same as Kung Fu and gongfu, meaning “masterfully made.” But maybe it does refer to the hand picking?

Denise @ Nature's Tea Leaf

I finally broke down and made myself a pot of this. It is one of the few I haven’t tried here and it is as delicious as your words described. I can see why your friend had seconds. I think I will keep this pot to myself and maybe take a little home for the rainy weekend ahead.

ashmanra

So glad you tried it and liked it, Denise! It is excellent!

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about four years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

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