Panyang Congou Select ZP20 (organic)

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From Upton Tea Imports

This Fujian Congou has a rich, chocolate aroma, smooth flavor and well balanced liquor. A subtle, sweet berry note rounds out the velvety smooth cup.

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This one is almost same as the other Panyang Congou I drank the other day it just seemd to be a little richer and smoother, same malty caramel notes and the same tobacco-like sweetness. I’ve read a few review on this type of tea and very few point out the tobacco tones so maybe it’s just me but thats what I pick up from it and I like it, maybe just because I use to chew tobacco I don’t know.

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Thomas Edward(Toad)

Very nice and creamy with a splash of milk, mmmmmmmmmm.


I have the same tea by Harney & Sons – I like it!

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This fine Chinese black tea is from Fujian provence, the same region that gives us ti guan yin oolongs and lapsang souchongs.

It’s a pretty good tea, and, true to Upton’s description, it has a chocolate taste, kinda like unsweetened dark chocolate, balanced by a very slight smoky aspect. I’m not sure why panyangs aren’t spoken of with the same reverence as Keemuns and Yunnans, but this tea is quite a decent congou. While I’m generally not a big fan of smoky teas (I loathe lapsang souchong), this tea’s smokiness is subtle enough to let the leaves speak — and they have some nice things to say.

Upton’s description also talks about a sweet berry note. Um, I’m not getting that, but the chocolate thing is definitely there. Panyangs are similar in some ways to Keemuns, but I haven’t been particularly happy with the Keemuns I’ve had lately, which have been too tarry/smoky, so this is a better brew than most of the Keemuns I’ve had, with the possible exception of Keemun Mao Feng.

This tea didn’t do quite as well on the second steep. The chocolate taste wasn’t as pronounced the second go-round, while the smokiness was just as strong, so the balance that was present in the first cup, wasn’t there on the second.

Upton’s Panyang Congou Select is organic, so you’re not getting a mouthful of pesticide residue and are, hopefully, supporting more sustainable farming practices, too.

Nice tea. And after sampling a bad bunch of teas lately — really weak Ceylons and tarry Keemuns — this was a pleasant surprise.

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I don’t think I’ve ever had Panyang before. Will need to add it to the monstrous, well-on-its-way-to-gargantuan list.

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Cup #11…..

This one is really very good. It is in line with the usual profile of a Fujian black…..cocoa notes, smooth, and I do get a little of the berry note they suggested was in this. I did sweeten, and maybe that helped. I think this one could easily replace a slightly more expensive Fujian black in my cupboard that is $7 for 3 oz. ($2.33/oz). This one is a little cheaper at $7.40 for 4.4 oz. (125g total and $1.68/oz) and is what I consider to be in the low range. A great value tea in my book. Also, a bonus that it is organic.

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