I do love Uptons Tea Imports. You get good service, they let you know when a tea you are interested in comes in, you can sample anything, there's an immense selection and they have some wonderful teas. How can I go wrong? Their Panyang (Panyong) China Congou is a case in point. It is an excellent tea.
The dry leaves are quite small, well twisted and a mix of black and brown. They smell like grass, new hay, old wood and have just the tiniest bit of spice sprinkled over. I brewed them for 4 minutes, using boilung water. The resulting tea was a very, very dark amber. It smelled very fresh, with a clean earth aroma.
The tea was really excellent, a bit earthy, with some walnut and biscuit and yes, a bit of spice. There was a little acerbic kick at the end. This was fine with milk, which round out the flavors a bit and added something of a caramel edge.
A baptismal font in Forio, Ischia, Italy. It makes me think of some pyramidal candy I had when I was a kid.