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 (kŏng′gō, -go͞o)
A grade of Chinese black tea, obtained from the fifth and largest leaf gathered from a shoot tip of a tea plant.

[Amoy (Xiamen) kang hu (te), elaborately prepared (tea), corresponding to Mandarin gōngfu (chá), from gōngfu, worksmanship; see kung fu.]


(ˈkɒŋɡuː) or


(Cookery) a kind of black tea from China
[C18: from Chinese (Amoy) kong hu tē tea prepared with care]


(ˈkɒŋ gu)

a black tea from China.
[1715–25; < dial. Chinese (Xiamen), = Chinese gōngfū(-chá) literally, effort (tea)]
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Noun1.congou - black tea grown in Chinacongou - black tea grown in China    
black tea - fermented tea leaves
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The best are Lapsing Souchong, Assam Pekoe, rare Ankoe, Flowery Pekoe, Howqua's mixture, Scented Caper, Padral tea, black Congou, and green Twankey.
TIPWhy not try different teas such as Rose Congou, Violet or a fruit flavoured tea.
Next with an order was the banker, Samuel Lloyd, who picked up some Congou and green tea, as well as more of the fine coffee.
Congou, ordinary 0 8 0 9 good ordinary 0 9 0 10 but middling 1 0 1 1 blackish leaf 1 4 1 6 ditto strong 1 7 1 9 ditto to extra fine 1 10 2 2 Souchong, ordinary 1 1 0 0 fair to fine 1 3 2 0 fmcst 2 6 10 Flowery Pekoe, fair to 1 6 1 8 good fine to finest 2 0 4 0 Caper, scented, in 0 9 2 0 boxes Orange Pekoe, plain 0 8 1 2 scented 0 0 0 0 Oolong, ordinary 0 9 0 11 fine to finest 1 0 2 0 Twankay, common to 1 3 1 6 good line to Ilyson kind 1 8 0 0 Hyson akin, common 1 0 1 3 good to fine 1 4 1 6 Hyson, ordinary.
In the same manner, Grace Tea Company's Winey Keemun English Breakfast, Connoisseur Master Blend and Owner's Blend Premium Congou have a loyal following for decades.
In 2008, the Company expanded its product portfolio by launching eFuture ONE Congou SOA and eFuture ONE CRM.
Tea selections by Harney & Sons Fine Teas range from Panyang Congou, a Chinese favorite for over 200 years, to Citron Green, green tea flavored with citrus and orange flowers.
Some of the custom blended teas include Lovers Cup (jasmine green and rose congou black tea with rose flavor), Immortalitea (green tea, rosemary, sage, safflowers, rose petals with lemon and rose flavor), Coconut Vanilla (black tea, shredded coconut and vanilla), Chocolate Chai (black tea, ginger root, green cardamom, chocolate chips and chocolate flavor) and Safari (green rooibos, honeybush, and pomegranate flavor)," according to TBar.
The foundation of this year's Anniversary Breakfast Blend tea is a rare Nilgiri Estate black tea produced exclusively for Peet's that is blended with a China Congou and two other black teas to create a bright, fragrant cup with sweet malted cocoa notes, and a lingering aroma.
Exams, cups, prizes, certificates abounded, proving to the world that candidates knew the difference between Congou, Oolong, Souchong and Twankay.