Fujian Congou Black Tea

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Black Tea
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Edit tea info Last updated by Denise @ Nature's Tea Leaf
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200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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  • “Back under my own roof enjoying a real cuppa in my own mug with my own water. Love, love, love this cocoa-y, bittersweet brew. Too good to mess up with milk or sugar. Thanks for the prayers. The...” Read full tasting note
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  • “The dry leaf is dark, small, sharp, and wiry. It smells a bit of grain. I used 1 1/2tsp for 12oz of water heated to approx 195F. I steeped for 2 1/2 minutes in my press. The brew is dark caramel...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Grrrrrr! That was the sound that escaped me, and that was when I smelled the leaves. Same sound, a little louder, escaped when I sipped the first sips. This is a delicious black tea. Often,...” Read full tasting note
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  • “First of all I have to say thanks to Nature's Leaf Teas for sending me these samples to review. I was also very impressed by the packaging of the samples—resealable, heavy plastic zip-top pouches...” Read full tasting note
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From Nature's Tea Leaf

Fujian Congou Black Tea is a quintessential black tea that consists of long leaves rolled into slender, striped tea leaves from the Fujian province in southern China. Congou tea is made from large mature leaves and specifically does not include the bud. With its celebrated history Fujian Congou black tea has a rich and uplifting aroma and when infused has a pleasant, smooth, and rich flavor that promotes balance and harmony.

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36 Tasting Notes

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1692 tasting notes

Back under my own roof enjoying a real cuppa in my own mug with my own water. Love, love, love this cocoa-y, bittersweet brew. Too good to mess up with milk or sugar.

Thanks for the prayers. The good news is that tests went fine, Mom is home, and nothing requiring immediate action. 80-something bodies just begin to wear out. (Actually 40-something bodies do too, but let’s not go there.)

Hesper June

Very glad everything went fine.
Glad you are home enjoying some lovely cocoa-y tea too:)

Ysaurella

It’s nice to read good news ! now you can totally and really appreciate your tea :)

ashmanra

I am drinking this me toady also! It was the only one my guest requested a refill of at tea time!

Nicole

Good to hear things went well.

Indigobloom

Glad to hear she is home and feeling ok!

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1251 tasting notes

The dry leaf is dark, small, sharp, and wiry. It smells a bit of grain. I used 1 1/2tsp for 12oz of water heated to approx 195F. I steeped for 2 1/2 minutes in my press. The brew is dark caramel and still has the grain scent as does the wet leaf. The leaf is small fairly evenly cut pieces and chocolate in appearance.

There is no question this is a Fujian tea from the very first sip. It has that honey sweet, grainy goodness with more than a hint of malt. It has the yam notes. Yet there is something unique about it as well. It has what I can only describe as a darker edge way low underneath that comes out more in the sweet lingering aftertaste. The cooler the cup becomes the more I am detecting this as a roasted note or light smoke.

As the cup emptied I noticed the scent of the leaf still in the press. It was fruity with hints of chocolate. I needed a refill. Cup two is similar to cup one, sweeter with less of the darker notes.

Cup three is lighter. Still very flavorful. I read a description somewhere on the net that compared Fujian Congou to a cross between Yunnan and Keemun. Yes, I agree.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I have some, just haven’t opened it yet. Need to bump it up on the to-try queue!

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1798 tasting notes

Grrrrrr! That was the sound that escaped me, and that was when I smelled the leaves. Same sound, a little louder, escaped when I sipped the first sips.

This is a delicious black tea. Often, black tea from China will use Asian parameters for steeping the tea and I find it too weak that way and change to Western brewing. This one is super just as they say to make it. It is smooth yet bracing, lightly cocoa flavored, and there is something arresting about the flavor that grabs your attention, but isn’t rough.

This and their Dragon Pearl Green Tea are so good they could be the base for a very nice small cupboard.

K S

Is that the sound of the family pet saying get away from my stuff? If so, I think I made the same sound. Only thing wrong with this tea is mine is at work :(

ashmanra

I have way too much tea, but the ones I have tried from this company are so good that if I were starting from scratch and establishing a new cupboard, I would want the two teas I mentioned to be starting point. Of course, being a tea enthusiast, I keep thinking of all the other teas I would add, but one could actually be quite happy with just those two..

K S

Oh, the sound of resistance is futile…. I have made that sound as well. This tea, our favorite jasmine pearls, and a good Earl Grey and I could be quite happy for a long time. Well, except I would need some oolongs, puerhs, and whites, and oh heck, here we go again.

fleurdelily

so, you would nominate this one for the coveted “Stranded on a Desert Island” award?

gmathis

Absolutely. This one is great. I am s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g what I have left of my sample, but I’m thinking that if/when I break down, this will be one of the next things I order in significant quantities.

ashmanra

Oh, I didn’t know about that award! Yes, indeed, this is one of them! I think I could narrow it down to just six teas critical to life! LOL!

fleurdelily

ooooohhh, high praise indeed!

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1915 tasting notes

First of all I have to say thanks to Nature’s Leaf Teas for sending me these samples to review. I was also very impressed by the packaging of the samples—resealable, heavy plastic zip-top pouches with the brew instructions printed on them—and also the amount, a generous 1oz. I look forward to trying them all but today I had to jump right in with this one. I have a relatively newly-discovered love of fujian black teas, so I am excited to try this one.

The dry leaf has a nice look, pretty long with a few lighter colored leaves throughout, though not as long and spindly as some that I’ve seen. It smells grainy and alfalfa-y, which is what I would pretty much expect. Steeped, more chocolatey, molassesy aromas start coming out. The flavor is pleasant, a bit of cocoa powder, a bit of grain. When it was still a bit too hot for me to drink there was a hint of sweetness that made me think that the honey notes would grow, but alas, it seems to have faded as it cooled. I am thinking next time I will monkey with the steep parameters, but even so this is a tasty fujian and I’m glad I got the chance to try it. Thanks again!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Babble

The packaging was great! And it was really vacuum sealed and not just “fake sealed” like some other companies.

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4726 tasting notes

I’m not sure that i’ve had any fujian teas so i’m happy that dinosara sent this one along for me to try. This is a delicious cup of cocoa goodness with a few honey notes in the background..maybe a bit of “wheat” taste! I wish i could say more but i totally gulped this down it was so tasty!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Dinosara

Bailin gongfu, tanyang/panyang, and Jin jun mei are all Fujian blacks, so I would guess you’ve had quite a few, this one just has a somewhat generic name.

Sil

haha thanks for edu-ma-cating me :)

TastyBrew

And all the Yezi teas :-)

Sil

shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! lol

gmathis

Haven’t tried many Fujian teas, but the ones I have are so rich and good!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Sil, have you tried our Fujian Black?

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166 tasting notes

Thanks to Nature’s Tea Leaf for a generous sample.

I’m not that experienced with black teas beyond the basic Assam and Darjeeling, but I was excited to try this and expand my horizons. I didn’t steep this for too long for fear the bitterness would ruin my enjoyment. There is also a smokey undertone, but it’s definitely different than a Lapsang, where it’s not overwhelming.

This tea has some complexity to it. As others have mentioned, I am getting the cocoa and malty notes. It’s definitely a hearty and enjoyable tea on it’s ownn

Because it’s so strong and hearty, I decided to throw some soy milk in there to see how the taste changes. The milk definitely smooths out the harsher tones and it becomes more of a silky treat. It almost now tastes like a mild coffee to me.

Both ways are enjoyable in their own way. I look forward to exploring teas like this more.

JasonCT

Sounds like a good tea.
Was is reminiscent of the bold Assams in any way?

Bonnie

I love this kind of tea in the morning with cream and sweet. So, so good!

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1018 tasting notes

TY Nature’s Tea Leaf for a sample of this!

DRY: Black tea – almost rosy floral smell with light raisin. (me and smelling raisins in black tea).

STEEPED: Woodsy brown tea, smells slightly raisiny again. I forgot to set my timer, so I think I steeped this for 2.5 minutes to 3.5 minutes.

TASTE: Earthy black tea, with smokey taste up front. Little bit of cocoa malt taste. Small hit of raisiny taste. No bitterness or astringency.

COMMENTS: The smokey malt flavor is interesting, however I think I prefer a sweeter more floral black tea. Still a good cup!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Babble

Got this as a sample and still have to try it.

Awkward Soul

I got 2 left to try – so far I like the Silver Needle the best.

Babble

Haha. I’ve tried 2 today too. Trying to knock them out so I don’t get behind like I have in the past.

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697 tasting notes

Thanks Sil for another interesting tea.
This one is a bit odd to me. It’s really sweet and bit fruity – but not mellow and mild – more big and bold. That’s unusual to me. Anyway, I liked it, didn’t love it – but was fun to try.

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99 tasting notes

Thanks Nature’s Tea Leaf!
The samples came today in a nicely packed box. They look and smell wonderful, and there’s a whole ounce of each! This is my first Fuijan black, so take my review with a pinch of salt. :)

Dry leaves: Opening the pouch, there is a bold aroma of pepper and clove with a melon coolness. The leaves are longer than those of most blacks, and are jet black in color with a few golden tips.

Steeping: This tea brews up to a nice warm brown color. The leaves expand and unfurl to a smooth muddy, melted chocolate brown.

Tasting: This is a nice, bold black tea. It’s pleasantly bitter with a woody, peppery body and notes of cocoa, clove, and citrus.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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501 tasting notes

I’m almost wondering if I got the wrong tea packaged up here. Reading the reviews, this sounds like a tea I would really like and instead I’ve gotten one rather like a lapsang souchong with a great deal of smokiness. Still waiting for it to cool down for a taste.

and it really does taste like a smoky lapsang souchong which I don’t like. I’ll refrain from rating because I kind of suspect that this has been mislabeled and the next person who wants to trade out a less smokey black with me for this can have it.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Denise @ Nature's Tea Leaf

This tea should have no smokiness. Did you get this in a trade or directly from Nature’s Tea Leaf?

Starfevre

Directly from you guys, sealed package opened immediately prioor to brewing.

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