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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.]
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(ˈkɒŋɡuː) or


(Cookery) a kind of black tea from China
[C18: from Chinese (Amoy) kong hu tē tea prepared with care]
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(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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References in classic literature ?
The best are Lapsing Souchong, Assam Pekoe, rare Ankoe, Flowery Pekoe, Howqua's mixture, Scented Caper, Padral tea, black Congou, and green Twankey.
Short indicated three types of oolong, or as he called them: Bohea or Pekoe (higher grade tea made from leaf-buds); Congo (later reiterated as 'congou,' this term is a transliteration from the Chinese 'gongfu,' meaning 'with skill'); and Common Bohea.
Congou black tea is a unique variety of Chinese black tea, which is made with careful skill to produce thin, tight strips without breaking the leaves [2].
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.
China Congou black leaf tea layered with pink rose petals for a mellow, sweet-tasting tea with a wonderfully perfumed aroma.
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.
When leaves are picked they are graded on the basis of their proximity to the growing tip; pekoe (orange pekoe are the leaves around the growing tip, followed by pekoe and pekoe souchong), souchong, and congou. This classification is also valid for black tea, the most common in the Orient, which is prepared by withering and drying the leaves, which are then pressed and twisted, and mildly fermented.