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Being the first one among Fujian’s three best Gong Fu Black Teas (Bai Lin Gong Fu, Zheng He Gong Fu, Tan Yang Gong Fu), Tan Yang Gong Fu Black Tea has tight and thin leaves, looks glossy, which could be seen from TeaVivre’s product photo. When looking at this tea, the golden pekoe is particularly eye-catching, strongly connected to its high quality. Under the effect of photosynthesis, fresh buds contain the largest amount of beneficial substances than other parts. Moreover, the traditional making method of black tea has retained the nutrition in the most volume.
Black tea is renowned with it red leaves and red liquid. The liquid of Tan Yang Gong Fu is bright red, and clean, which brings you a feeling of pureness. The flavor will vary based on different amount of teas and time of infusion. If using gai wan to brew in traditional Chinese way (Recommend Brewing Guide), you will sense the sweet and mellow flavor, and feel a quick sweet aftertaste in your throat. The aroma of Tan Yang Gong Fu will float around you for a long time. The longer you brew, the stronger and mellower the flavor will be.
Our Tan Yang Gong Fu Black Tea is analysed in accordance with the requirements of regulation (EC) 396/2005 (regulation on maximum residue levels in food and feed) in its currently valid version.
Good tea requires excellent craftsmanship. The making process of Tan Yang Gong Fu includes picking, withering, rolling, fermentation, drying and refining.
To make qualified Tan Yang Gong Fu, the picking of fresh tea leaves should meet the requirement of one bud with the pure leaves. After withering and rolling, it comes to the significant process of making black tea – fermentation. This process lets polyphenol fully oxidized, which forms the feature of black tea’s flavor and aroma. Temperature during fermentation should be controlled between 22℃ to 24℃, while humidity should be above 80%. The complete process of fermentation will last for 2 to 3 hours. After fermented, the tea needs to be dried in order to stop it from continuing fermentation and remove water.
Black teas contain antioxidants, which help in the prevention of some cancers and help reduce the affects of aging that is caused by free radicals. They can also reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks due to natural chemicals that reduce cholesterol.
For more information on the remarkable health benefits of TeaVivre's Black Teas, see our article on Tea Health benefit.
Our Tan Yang Gong Fu Black Tea is analysed in accordance with the requirements of regulation (EC) 396/2005 (regulation on maximum residue levels in food and feed) in its currently valid version. The analyse institution is Eurofins, the world leading food and feed testing laboratory group, deploying a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art analytical techniques in order to support its clients' increasingly stringent quality and safety standards.
Tanyang Cai Cha is sexuality, shrub, and medium leaf. With a long history of planting, it origins in Tanyang Village, in Fu’an, Fujian Province, and mainly distributes in west Fujian. After 1950s, Sichuan, Jiangsu, Hubei and Hunan have imported this species for large area planting.
Features: medium height plant, dense branches; oval or elliptic leaf, green or dark green color. The leaf surface is in slightly swelled shape. Edge of the leaf presents a plain or slight bended shape. The blade is flat and gets gradually sharper to the tip. Leaf dent is dull and thick. Its texture is thick but crispy.Optimum Planting Area: tea planting area in east Fujian.
The bud and leaf of Tanyang Cai Cha is fertile, and able to remain fresh after long time. The produce of one bud and three leaves’ kind reaches its peak in middle April. This kind is suitable for making green tea and black tea of good quality. If it is used to produce Gong Fu Black tea, the appearance of dry tea will look tight and slim, meanwhile dark and glossy. Its aroma will smell fresh and clean. The liquid will taste mellow and sweet. Therefore the Tanyang Cai Cha is a main material for making Tan Yang Gong Fu. This species has strong ability of resisting drought and cold.
Geography Features of Tanyang Village and Baiyun Mountain
Fu’an City locates on the northeast coastline of Fujian, at 26°41′N to 27°24′N, and 119°23′E to 119°51′E. it covers an area of 1880 square kilometers. This area belongs to subtropical maritime and monsoon climate. In 2001, Fu’an was named as “Home of Chinese Tea” due to the 200 square kilometers and the famous Tan Yang Gong Fu Black Tea it owns.
The Tanyang VillageTanyang Village lies in the west in Shekou Town in Fu’an, Fujian. The Baiyun Mountain stands on the west of the village. It is the origin of Tan Yang Gong Fu. The village covers an area of 6.75 sq.km., among which tea gardens take up 2.13 sq.km., and forests take up 2.77 sq.km.. Forest acreage here reaches to 74.5%. Tanyang was a small unknown village in Baiyun Mountain at first. Yet when time goes to the first year of Xianfeng in Qing Dynasty, it began to plant Tan Yang Gong Fu black tea which was well-known afterwards. The name of the village was then renowned in the country.
Baiyun Mountain lies in the southwest of Fu’an City. The mountain peak is surrounded by white clouds. That’s why it is called Bai Yun (白云, means white cloud). It’s a national scenic spot, and is the highest mountain in Fu’an with the altitude of 1448.7 meters. Standing on the top the Baiyun Mountain, you will get every view in 150 km in your eyes.
There was a story, saying that in the first year of Xianfeng in Qing Dynasty, a tea merchant in Tanyang named Hu went out of the village for business. On his way to his destiny, he met a man from Jianning, who was very sick because of dysentery. As soon as Hu knew this, he took out his Tanyang tea, and mixed some ginger and red sugar in the liquid. Then he took the tea to the man. After drinking the tea, the man got better and soon recovered. Being thinking of returning Hu, he became sworn brother with Hu, and taught Hu his secret method of making black tea. After came home, Hu used the local Tanyang tea as material. With the secret method he learnt from his brother, he made out a tea of extraordinary quality. It was also highly praised by people who drank it. Since it uses the local Tanyang tea as material, and requires a lot of time (in Chinese: 工夫, gong fu) during the complicate making process, Hu named the tea as “Tan Yang Gong Fu”.
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This is a very fuzzy tea! When I open the bag, there is a little puff of fluff. I can see the tiny hairs floating in the liquor; they form little fuzzballs in my strainer.
The leaves have a pleasantly dry smell: nutmeg, old books, cherry. Steeping brings out sweet potato scents.
Overall, it is lighter, milder, and more subtle than I was expecting. It's only a tiny bit sweet, more like rock sugar than refined sugar. The most prominent note is very grainlike, even a little yeasty. Overall it's a neutral but complex flavor: not very sweet but not bitter at all. Somehow reminds me of leather and stone and very dry wood.
I do seem to find myself using more leaf with this tea than other teas.
Like all teavivre teas, this is very high quality; it's just not my preferred type. If you like milder blacks, or shy away from overwhelming sweetness, you will probably like this a lot.
Nice smooth taste. No bitter after taste. A premium tea.
Lovely tea with a light taste and absolutely no astringency.
I steeped this at different temps/times and found it to be delicious at 212, just under 4 minutes. I used 2 generous tsp/8 oz water and got 2 good steepings. At the recommended lower temp, shorter time, I it was too mild for my taste. I did not try it gongfu style yet. This is sweet, on the milder side, but still very flavorful, without bitterness or astringency.
I read Azzrian’s review of this tea and it was a little different than my experience, though equally cool. I got the ale taste. She got tea drunk. If any of you woke up with a bad headache this morning – blame us.
I decided to have another go at it today. This time I am not getting the sweet potato that Azzrian noted (and which agrees with TeaVivre’s description). I am also not getting the strong yeast and ale that I noted yesterday in the first cup. Today this is more malt, bread or grain, and honey. It is still very good and so mellow, but I must admit I was looking forward to repeating yesterday’s experience.
I am trying to figure out what I did differently between the 2 days. Both days I used my press, 1/3 of the sample packet of leaf, 12oz water heated to 185d, steeped 2 minutes, and added sweetener. The only difference I can see is before I prepared this yesterday, I removed a few leftover dried up leaves of a highly floral oolong from the press. I then took a brown paper towel (the ones you often see in public washrooms for hand drying) got it wet, then wiped down the press to make sure there were no floral scents left over. This always leaves the press smelling a bit like the wet paper towel. I did not wipe down the empty press today because I was using the same type leaf. I have never noticed the towel affecting the taste before.
If that is not the difference then it was just one of those magic moments that happens every now and then that you cannot repeat. It’s all good, because this is a wonderful light Fujian with tremendous aftertaste. The aroma of the wet leaf is calling. Time for round two.
Round two is same as yesterday chocolate malty yum.
This review was originally published on Steepster by K S on January 31, 2013. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from K S.
Superfine Tan Yang Gong Fu Black Tea from Teavivre offers quite a different experience. It has a lot of the same flavor notes that one gets from a Fujian black tea such as sweet potato, malt, and cocoa but Superfine Tan Gong Fu is much lighter both in flavor and mouthfeel.
There is also a distinct pipe tobacco note and a lighter flavor of fruit nectar.
Also gave quite the "tea high".
I don't drink a lot of black teas, so when I do I want them to be of high quality with a lasting impression. I ordered just a sample of this one and it blew me away. I agree with the review below, it is almost fruity. Not bitter at all or too dark. It is smooth and enjoyable. I only let it steep for less than a minute, I think it would get biter with a longer steep. I will try to blend this with some peaches, iced :)
Just to update. As I said I am a Yunnan Black person. Most other Chinese Black teas can for me, go too flowery or fruity--This tea stands alone in it's deliciousness. I love this and it is now a Staple in my cabinet. It's an amazing tea. Strong enough for the morning and light enough for the afternoon. Brews easily, either Western or Gong Fu and I get several serious steepings from it. It's a beautiful tea, full of flavor or malt and fruit and a long lingering sweet aftertaste. It also excites the tongue, like a very good tea does and this is a Very Good to Excellent tea.
Really lean toward the Yunnan Blacks, but this is very very nice. Drinking this as my first cup this morning and it's very satisfying. Nice long lingering aftertaste. Very smooth with a stone fruit note. Really Good!
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