Kerrath wrote:Also, I was checking out upton (though I just read some bad things about them) and I saw a category I'd never seen before: congou. The description they gave of what congou teas are like sounded pretty good to me. Does anyone have any information about that? I couldn't find any congous on adagio, tao of tea, or specialteas, only on upton.
"A grade of Chinese black tea, obtained from the fifth and largest leaf gathered from a shoot tip of a tea plant."http://www.teamuse.com/article_031001.html
"It was, and is, a finer quality black Chinese tea, and is a large leaf, usually fifth down the line of the tea bush, with the tea bud first, the flowery and orange pekoes next, followed by two souchong leaves. It is most commonly sold today with the scent of petals from the tiny Chinese pink roses.
The original Chinese word was kung-fu, which means doing something artfully or, in the case of tea processing, "well-worked" without dust, fannings, or twigs. Congou was originally the basis for English Breakfast teas which today may contain black teas from China, India or/Ceylon for its signature full bodied taste and fragrance."