// DZS Keemun Congou
Black tea comes from the same plant as white and green teas. Of the three, black tea oxidizes the longest.
The tea we've chosen to represent black teas, Keemun Congou, might be the most famous black tea of them all and is considered the best black tea that China produces. It smells sweet and orchid-like in the cup, with a non-bitter taste full of subtle notes like raisin, plum and cocoa.
Dazhangshan (DZS) Mountain can be found in South West China in the Wuyuan County of the Jiang Xi Province, close to the border of Anhui. In this isolated agricultural region, the Dazhangshan Organic Farmers Association has been producing Organic tea since 1997. The tea fields go up to an elevation of 6,600 feet above sea level and produce a range of high quality teas. Congou means "with great skill" and refers to the precision with which the leaves are rolled into tight, thin twists by these producers.
We've chosen one black to represent all black teas. We selected Keemun Congou as it is regularly referred to as a 'tea champion' - and it is delightful both in its versatility and complexity. Keemun Congou has been dubbed a "wine-y" tea as it shares many flavor notes with red wine. This tea, when brewed properly, also displays a deep reddish color in the cup.
Keemun comprises the base for English Breakfast tea and its popularity stems from the fact that it does equally well in a British-style preparation or in a traditional Chinese Congou ceremonial preparation (straight up). It has the highest caffeine content of our teas, making it a good candidate for starting the day. However you choose to partake - here's a great black tea. Enjoy it!