Topic: Congou - What exactly does it mean?
Can anyone shed light on what the term "Congou" means? Babelcarp explains that Congou is synonymous with Hongcha(红茶 or 紅茶), red tea, what westerners call "black tea", and that it's a corruption of Gong Fu. Upton Tea Imports also uses the term in this way, in their catalogue and articles.
However, I've seen other sources which refer to congou as being a specific type or grade of Chinese red tea. Some sources on the net, which I would not necessarily trust as reliable, say it refers to a specific grade of tea produced by only the fifth leaf from the top of a shoot of the tea plant.
Then, I see specific teas such as Panyang Congou as well, and I've found conflicting information about them...including claims that Panyang Congou is always a tea that does not contain tips, and then other sources selling tea labelled by this name that clearly is a tippy tea. Again, according to Babelcarp, I found that Panyang refers to Tanyang(坦洋), in Ningde county in Fujian. But...not much more detail and no authoritative sources to clear this up.
Any clarifying information would be greatly appreciated.