Organic China Congou Hong Tao #1 - Organic

This tea has been retired/discontinued. Formerly ZK14.

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Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Keemun
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:China
Loose/teabag:Loose

This tea's info last updated: Apr. 11, 2018

Commercial Description

A mellow tea in the style of an An Hui Keemun. Produced in small quantities by a group of farmers dedicated to organic farming.

Brewing Instructions: (from Upton Tea Imports)

2¼ g/cup, 212°F, 5 min.

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Reviewer pic73 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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Interesting and atypical among black teas: more mellow and earthy. The leaves have an aroma very similar to the brewed tea.

When brewed as instructed, the tea is is a dark brown with a slight greenish hue, and less opaque than some black teas. I like to brew it with slightly more leaves than recommended, which yields a slightly more opaque and reddish-brown color. Do not brew this one for less time or at a lower temperature than instructed: it will be too bland.

The aroma is lighter and more vegetal than is typical among black teas, with a hint of olives. There are some nutty tones that are also somewhat unusual for a black tea. The flavor is very smooth--there is very little bitterness, even when brewing for 5 minutes or longer.

As a final note, I find this tea goes very well with spicy foods and foods with a bold flavor: in spite of its mellowness, it is not easily overpowered, and some of the complexities come out.
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