Panyang Congou

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “Tea for the morning here. I read over some of the previous tasting notes and a few people seemed to think this tea was really boring but I like mine. It's good when you're in the mood for something...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Ah, now I am back to this one as I am wont to drink my tea - plain. This has all the notes you expect to find in a Fujian black tea, but softer. A little roasty, the barest suggestion of smoke, a...” Read full tasting note
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  • “My morning tea. Good stuff. Brewed in my jumbo mug, but next time a small teapot. I finally decided it was time for a smaller teapot. My current one is 45 oz, which is perfect for tea for...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Oooh, this is good. Really, really good. It smells and tastes just like my beloved Emperor's Red (which I couldn't find online anymore) and this is a much better price. It is slightly smoked,...” Read full tasting note
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From Harney & Sons

A wonderful tea made in Northern Fujian Province (like Golden Monkey). It is a wonderful blend of medium body teas with toasty flavors. Try this one when you want a tea with more heft.

Those who prefer full-bodied British Legacy teas will find much to like in Panyang Congou. From the same area in Fujian province, Panyang Congou is a close relative of Panyang Golden Needle and Golden Monkey but slightly older and made in a more traditional style, with the least amount of tips. Congou is a corruption of the Chinese words Gong Fu, or Kung Fu, which mean “Highest Mastery.” A tea trade classification for Chinese black teas with this particular twisted shape, the word refers to the masterful skill required to produce the teas by hand. Today, the teas are made almost entirely by machine. The leaves are expertly rolled into a tight twist before slowly oxidizing to take on the fruity but unsweetened flavors of baked apples.

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6770 tasting notes

Another sample from the TTB. :)

Not much for scent but it’s a good follow up to something that’s bitter or spicy – it seems. I really am liking this tea. It’s not bolder-than-bold but more of a medium strength type tea but pretty darn flavorful and pleasing. I can totally understand the honey notes others have mentioned…but it’s not overly sweet even with the notes. It seems to help my hunger level…thank the TEA GODS! LOL

I have a horrible case of the munchies this morning and this seems to be helping. If I ever see this in my travels I am going to purchase! I really like this cuppa!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

I love this one too.

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157 tasting notes

Panyang Congou has lofty, nutty scents, with faint additions of honeyed sweetness. With a beautiful raw sienna color, the liquor is soft, with nonabrasive flavors of baked apples and spring hay.

From the Fujian province, Panyang Congou is a close relative of Panyang Golden Needle and Golden Monkey, but slightly older and made in a more traditional style, with the least amount of tips.

Congou is a corruption of the Chinese words Gong Fu, or Kung Fu, which mean “High Mastery”. A tea trade classification for Chinese black teas with this particular twisted shape, the word refers to the masterful skill required to produce the teas by hand. Today, the teas are made almost entirely by machine. The leaves are expertly rolled into a tight twist before slowly oxidizing to take on the fruity but unsweetened flavor of baked apples.

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Also if anyone’s interested in Zhejiang Province at all, my travel log was just put up on the website!

Here’s the direct url:
http://www.harney.com/teatravel.asp

sophistre

Oh man, that travelogue is amazing! The pictures are neat. The notes about Japan were particularly cool to me; I travel often but I’ve never been anywhere quite as ‘foreign’ in its feel as Tokyo was, to me…such an experience.

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If there was a place for me to add the links to the rest of my photos from my trip I would! Curse the beta!

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70 tasting notes

Here is my official tasting note: OM NOM NOM.

Proper notes later, when I don’t have a huge stack of homework to do. x_x

Claire

This is totally a proper note.

Kittenna

^^ like

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110 tasting notes

1 1/2 tsp in 8 oz

I picked up a tin of this one in my latest Harney order because I’ve been enjoying the Fujian blacks from Teavivre that I’ve tried lately, and it is only $2 per ounce, so why not?

It is a very nice, smooth tea with a slightly earthy quality. Doesn’t need milk or sugar. It’s kind of like a cross between a Keemun and a Yunnan. It’s not that exciting, but at $2 per ounce, it could certainly be a cupboard staple for when I need to make a quick mug of something to run out the door with.

Having a couple of basic teas like this are great so that I can save my favorites for times when I can really sit and savor every sip.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m not sure exactly how I ended up ordering this one. I must not have noticed the notes comparing it to a keemun. I don’t know where many of you get fruit or cocoa from this, but those must’ve been the reviews that read before purchasing. Oh well, to each their own. But it’s got the keemun smokes in it, much like if I put my veggies to steam and forget to add water or the pot ran out of water. Ever tried to eat a carrot left to sit in a pot after the water runs dry? That’s what this tea is like to me.

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This tea has dark color and a very soft aroma. The taste is very smooth, almost sweet, with just the slightest hint of smoke. Each sip starts off slightly toasty but finishes slightly sweet. I taste something that reminds me of caramel. It is not a brisk taste, not very dry at all. There is a very interesting aftertaste, almost a blooming sweetness when the air hits your tongue. It reminds me of the tastes and aromas of autumn. This is a very interesting tea with enough complexity to occupy your palate on its own without milk or sugar. I find this tea to be very thought provoking; each sip almost forces me to stop and pay very close attention to the flavor’s every nuance. With an understated yet full body and wide range of tastes layered quite smoothly together, this tea is a quiet storm of taste sensations.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1.t tsp
Additives: none
Water: 1 zarafina cup
Tool: Zarafina black-loose-mild
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: chocolaty, nutty
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet
Flavor: sweet, mild black tea
Body: Light
Aftertaste: not much, a little astringent
Liquor: light translucent brown

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I think that I should have set the Zarafina to Medium.

The leaves were a pretty mix of back and gold.

It was a pretty smooth and sweet (no additives) tea, but unremarkable (if compared to other quality teas, including other Harney and Sons).

Post-Steep Additives: none

Resteep: Zarafina Black-loose-strong
Again i should have done medium! When will I learn?
It was a bit bitter, but a smooth, strong black tea with honey notes still.

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/03/harney-and-sons-loose-leaf-black-tea_24.html

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596 tasting notes

I normally like Harney & Sons’ offerings, but this is a very ordinary and uninteresting tea.
Meh.

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41 tasting notes

This tasted very smokey. Quite unique. Good for fall or winter.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76 tasting notes

This tea has a rich and earthy taste. I really like the complexity of this tea. It has a little tinge of sweetness contrasted with a smokey flavor. It also has a nice after taste, the flavor seems to linger and slowly dissipate.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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