Superfine Tan Yang Gong Fu Black Tea

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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 6 g 12 oz / 348 ml

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  • “The dashboard is down and I can’t read any new reviews :( So I will write my own. This tea has its work cut out for it. While brewing it I fixed a ham and turkey sandwich with farmers market...” Read full tasting note
  • “I’m enjoying a cup of this one, delicious, light & sweet. It really is tasty with an interesting earthiness & yeastiness to it, like sweet potatoes sprinkled with malt powder, or something...” Read full tasting note
  • “Drinking a small pot of this today. Smooth, mellow with earthy sweet potatoes and a bit of caramel. The last time I drank this I got some citrus notes which I don’t get now; this is more lightly...” Read full tasting note
  • “I feel so lucky that Angel at Teavivre still thinks of me for sending out samples. I’ve benefitted greatly from their free samples, and am happy to review their teas. This time the sample offering...” Read full tasting note

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Origin: Tanyang Village (坦洋村) in Fu’an, Fujian, China

Ingredients: Tea buds with pure leaves

Taste: It presents slight aroma of sweet potato when brewed; tastes smooth and mellow with sweet aftertaste

Health Benefits: 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.

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143 Tasting Notes

1719 tasting notes

The dashboard is down and I can’t read any new reviews :( So I will write my own. This tea has its work cut out for it. While brewing it I fixed a ham and turkey sandwich with farmers market spinach, leaf lettuce from our garden, muenster cheese (should have used smoked gouda). I also poured on my new favorite – great value chipotle ranch dressing. It is not overly spicy. Just the right mix of spicy and creamy, but it is more potent than some teas could handle. The tan yang smells so good in the cup. Best of all the sweet potato and honey cut right through the sandwich when sipping. What a tremendous tea. Nudging the rating.


awwww now I am craving for a sandwich like this and a cup of this tea :)
I have problems too but with notices today on steepster…


I was with you right up to the chipotle.


My old favorite was jalapeno ketchup. That or chipotle go on everything that chocolate won’t :)


That sounds like a great sandwich!


Oh, man, I have GOT to get this one!

JJ Adkisson

You reviewed your sandwich instead of the tea :P


JJ – my 6th logging of this one. After a while you have to get creative :)

Started following your blog by the way. Nice job.

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3294 tasting notes

I’m enjoying a cup of this one, delicious, light & sweet. It really is tasty with an interesting earthiness & yeastiness to it, like sweet potatoes sprinkled with malt powder, or something like that. The main thing to remember with this tea is to keep the temperature on the lower side, it doesn’t like boiling water as much.


vanilla citrus spice is back :)

Terri HarpLady

I know! I already ordered some, LOL :)


haha i’m still trying to hold out for April….but let me tell you, April 1 is going to see 2 orders haha

Terri HarpLady

I was gonna hold out, but then I figure, “What the hell, why wait?”


i wait because i’m only allowed to order if i get down to my goal for the month lol this rate, i still might actually do it haha

Terri HarpLady

Rules rules rules…LOL….sounds like you have your own version of Ms Theresa, hahaha


yeah. her name is sarah. snicker

Terri HarpLady

The voice of reason :)

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84 tasting notes

Drinking a small pot of this today. Smooth, mellow with earthy sweet potatoes and a bit of caramel.
The last time I drank this I got some citrus notes which I don’t get now; this is more lightly earthy… still really good and easy to drink, and I like it.

Steeped at 190F for 2 1/2 minutes.

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

So maybe it is me and my lack of patience right now but it is next to impossible to post tasting notes since the update, when using my tablet. Posting this one was really!hard to do!!


I used to do quick updates from my phone, but it’s become pretty much impossible after the update, so I totally get this.


Thanks. I don’t think I’ll try again on the tablet – it was a test of patience that’s for sure, and even then, couldn’t add in the steep times etc.


I do a lot of zooming, and making notes in the tasting note itself. I did that before the update as well, but I’m finding it harder to do. :/


I did that before as well, but for some reason am unable to scroll to the bottom of the note or do any kind of controlled zooming now. It must be my tablet not cooperating with the new format. Also, when I posted the note it went to the black ‘put the kettle on’ page, but fortunately the note had posted when I went back to my dashboard. Hopefully the kinks will get worked out eventually though!


Just went to my laptop to see if I could add in the steeping parameters, and yes, much easier!


Interesting. I have an ipad/iphone, and can still zoom and scroll.


Mine is android so maybe that’s different? Or maybe my fingers just didn’t have the right touch today. ;-)


Probably the difference between android and ithing :)


haha – I think so! : )

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2201 tasting notes

I feel so lucky that Angel at Teavivre still thinks of me for sending out samples. I’ve benefitted greatly from their free samples, and am happy to review their teas. This time the sample offering was of their new spring harvest green teas, but she also asked if there were any other teas I’d like to try. I have been wanting to try this one since they released it, so of course I asked for it! Thanks so much for sending it along Angel!

The dry leaf is gorgeous, all curly with lots of golden tips. I am actually now on my second cup of this tea. The first time I used half of one of my little sample pouches for my 12oz mug and brewed it at the steeping parameters I’ve used for similar Fujian blacks (and what they recommend for this tea), namely 185°F for 2 minutes. The resulting cup smelled and tasted nice but was also pretty weak. I was craving more so I used the second half of the pouch to steep it at 195°F for 3 minutes.

This smells lovely, like molasses and grains, which is what I look for in a tan yang. The sweet, caramelly, malty, grainy flavors are all there, but still not quite right in the second cup. The second cup is more robust but the flavors are still somehow muted. I think I need to use more leaf… good thing Angel was generous enough to send two more sample pouches of this tea. Also I now have a full pouch’s worth of once-steeped leaves to resteep and play around with. I won’t rate this one until I’ve played around with it more, but even as it is now it would be in the 80s (which remember on my new rating system is very good). I just have a feeling from what I’m getting now that this is actually spectacular, it’s just my brewing of it that is off.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

I held back on ordering this one last time and have regretted it ever since. I couldn’t get a sample at the time either so I don’t even get to taste it! Maybe I should just order it without tasting. :)


Oooh, I have a small tin of this one the way! So looking forward to it. :D

Rachel J

I tried this for the first time today too! I thought it was really special and delicious. I winged it and used about 1 1/2 tsp for an 8oz cup. I brewed it at 195F for 3 minutes. It’s the first Teavivre tea I’ve tried that I am really considering placing an order of.


I think I figured out part of my problem which was that my water wasn’t being filtered properly. It is delicious anyway!

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6768 tasting notes

I’ve had 3 cups of this today and am loving it! I’m going to have it again tomorrow in the morning and do a lengthier review.

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1353 tasting notes

Oh dear, I can feel that this is going to be a really long post. I’ll let you all know when I’m going to actually start writing about the tea, so you can skip ahead if you like.

My Teavivre order arrived! I wasn’t even expecting it yet. I’ve ordered stuff from China before, obviously, and I know it usually takes a couple of weeks to get here, but I don’t know why I hadn’t realised that it had actually been that long since I ordered.

Oh well, I’m certainly not complaining! :D I have unpacked my tea and the cats have given the box and the wrappings a very thorough sniffing. I don’t know what they kept the wrapping supplies next to in China, but whatever it is, it’s very interesting to cats.

While the wrapping was undergoing such a detailed inspection, I tried to decide which one to try first. And then I smacked my forehead because DUH! Self, don’t be an eedjit. You obviously start with the Tan Yang.

If you are wondering what’s so obvious about that, you have not been following me for long enough. Fujian produces the majority of all my very favourite black teas, and my most beloved type of all is Tan Yang. This is the type where I have been known to draw little hearts on the label. So yeah. Obvious. :)

The first time I ordered from Teavivre, I believe the company was still very young, but they had marched right into the hearts of many Steepsterites with their high quality and their sample program. For me, it was the Bailin gong fu that finally drew me in and made me place that first order. There was a contact form on the site that you could fill out if you had questions or suggestions, so I asked if they were planning on stocking a Tan Yang in the future. I can’t remember what exactly the reply was, but I think I was told that they would look into it.

Some time passed and eventually Teavivre did indeed offer a Tan Yang. Oh, how I coveted it! But unfortunately circumstances conspired against me and I didn’t feel like the time was right to buy it. We’ve been frugal, you know, what with having our wedding and then a bit later Husband having a stint with unemployedness, and now we want to start saving up so we can eventually buy a house. It’ll probably be at least a year before we’ll even consider talking to the bank, but we still have to start now.

So I sat here and watched other people drink this highly coveted tea, and then I COULD NOT TAKE IT ANY LONGER, flails AAAAAAAAARGH!!!! pant pant

I cracked and ordered. As long as I control myself I can totally save up and buy interesting tea now and then at the same time. Besides, I was getting to that point where every time I saw someone write about it, I felt a little guilty that I hadn’t bought any myself yet. You know, having suggested that they get some in their shop…

Okay, the actual drinking of the tea starts here!

The aroma is quite mild, and it’s has a bit of a honeyed caramel-ish note to it. There’s a little bit of grain underneath too. I suspect this is a more well behaved version than the (Most Highly Beloved of All) Te Ji I get from TeaSpring. But then again, that one is pretty unruly at times, so it wouldn’t be difficult to be better behaved.

Oh, so sweet! So caramel-y! There’s a bit of malt and cocoa as well, but I think it tastes mostly like sugar and caramel. I mentioned yesterday that I don’t like sugar in tea, but what I meant was that I don’t like sugar added to tea. When it is naturally occurring like this, I like it just fine. It has to do with the way added sugar changes the mouthfeel for me. Anyway, first sip gives my sugar-y caramel-y flavouring, and a summerly note of… sip sip grass?

GRASS??? o.O Well, that’s new. It’s not in overwhelming amounts, though, (like what happens with most Darjeelings for me) so it doesn’t become unpleasant.

Underneath that, and especially at the moment just before I swallow is the very important grain-y note. An awesome Fujian would only be half as awesome without that note. There is only one type of tea in which a good strong note of grain is more important, and that’s in Keemuns.

Still, like with all the notes in here, it’s fairly calm and civilized and to my surprise I find I quite enjoy that. I mean, I love that the Te Ji tastes so riotously wild sometimes, but I’m getting older and slower, and sometimes it’s better with a tea that matches.

My cup appears to have become empty… I don’t usually finish drinking before I’m finished writing. I must have needed it.

That’s it. If anybody needs me further today, I’ll be in the kitchen drawing little hearts on this label.


i’ll need to add this one to my next order


I went for the one that came with a tin. It’s a really nice tin too. Double lid and everything. :)


Yay! Glad to hear that you love this one.


I do! I slurped it all down in big mouthfuls. I just couldn’t stop!


Wow – I know nothing about any of these teas, and I’m craving this one so much now! :) Love the whole tasting note.


Hallieod, go forth and introduce yourself to Tan Yang. :D It’s my favourite type ever and if you enjoy Keemuns or the Laoshan Black from Verdant, I think you would enjoy Tan Yang as well.


I will obey! I will benefit from your kind words and not try to imitate your restraint in buying! (I have a sample of the Laoshan Black from Sil, and have been keeping it for the perfect sampling occasion, but now I have a mission, so will try it tomorrow. And then order from Teavivre!)


As soon as I read “Tan Yang,” I knew where this review was going. :) Glad you’ve found another one to love!




LadyLondonderry, sometimes I suspect that people who have followed me for 30 seconds would guess that. :p

Ashmanra, you won’t regret it. (But if you do, I’ll drink it for you)


Just to confirm your suspicions, the first thing I knew for certain about you was your love of Fujian black. :D


LOL! :D Hardly a secret, is it. :D


Angrboda, quite a while ago, as a direct result of reading one of your glowing reviews of the Tan Yang Te Ji, I added some of it to my TeaSpring order.

I have since become thoroughly addicted to that tea. Each time I replenish, my supply of Te Ji disappears so very quickly. There is not a single tea in my stock that I go through so fast, and sadly, I cannot re-order it as often as I’d like. Sigh.

So yeah, now you’ve got me coveting another Tan Yang….


Mwahahaha!! My work here is done. :D


Love the post, I really enjoy your passionate writing and plan on trying one of these soon :o)

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525 tasting notes

Life has been going on overdrive lately. When was the last time I posted anything here? Oh my.

Let me do a quick recap: (in case anyone is wondering. :))
-Week long trip to Yosemite/California vineyards turned into nursing husband back to health. It was still fun and his doctor says he’s fine now.
-Husband’s friends from Germany came to visit for about 2 weeks straight after we returned home. Entertaining guests is very time consuming! But they were great and I’m glad they came.
-Lost our dog, Mr. Snuggles. It was 24 hours of frantic searching, calling, flyer printing/posting, etc. Finally someone called to say she had our pup. (flyers worked!) Right after we came home with Snugs, I became violently ill. Vomiting, light headed, pounding headache. I had literally worried myself sick. But I’m ecstatic and relieved that he’s home.
-New project at work is escalating. I was informed it would entail 15 – 25% of my work time. More like 60-70%. I can’t believe I volunteered for this.
-My MIL’s 10 peach trees are exploding with fruit. It’s been non-stop canning over here. Help!

Thank goodness for Labor Day! And now, I’m having a cup of tea before starting a batch of peach jam. Sigh, first world problems. This tea is as delicious as I remember. The quality especially shows now that I’ve overbrewed it and it still tastes fantastic. Smooth, hint of milk chocolate, delicious toasted grain. Mmmm… Just the boost I need for peach overload.


I’m sorry to hear that you have undergone many unlucky things. Fortunately, everything is ok now. Hope our tea will take you away the pressure, bring you a good mood.

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166 tasting notes

I agree with some other reviewers, that this is very delicate and light considering its a black tea. I would say its more subtle, and not at all aggressive-a relaxing tea that would be nice in the afternoon. I was pretty generous with the leaf, using 3.5 gms/8 oz water, brewing for 2 minutes, with a 2nd steep for 3 minutes. I have others that I prefer from Teavivre, such as Yun Nan Dian Hong Gold Tip or Bailin Gongfu, I think because I prefer something a little stronger, but this is still very nice, especially for those who prefer a milder tea.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Don’t know if this will work, but I noticed that Asians typically drink their black tea mild. Try steeping it western style and you may find that you have an amazing cup you can’t do without! Go boiling with four scant minutes to start and see what happens! :)

Donna A

Thanks for the suggestion Ashmanra. I’ll try that. I have learned with other black teas that some minor adjustments can make all the difference!

Donna A

Update. Ashmanra, I tried your suggesion and went with boiling and 4 scant minutes (using 2 generous tsp in 8 oz water), and that has been my favorite cup! No bitterness or astringency, but a lot more flavor.


Hooray! I am glad it worked for you! :)

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985 tasting notes

Tea of the morning…..

I know most are reviewing a free sample of this one, but since this one does not fall into the samples offered with a purchase from TeVivre (yet?) I purchased my sample. I received two 7 gram pouches for $4. I personally feel that I give a more unbiased review if I either purchase my samples, or get them with a purchase. It is just one of my quirks at this stage. As a result, I drink the tea more when I am excited about it, rather than feeling like I have to get through them. (Don’t get me wrong, though! The free samplings I received from this company in the past were integral to furthering my tea journey and I am grateful for the opportunity!)

Wow. This is really good. I am on the resteep pot and it is perfect. The leaves are very golden, curly, and a bit fuzzy. By look it falls more in line with the Tan Yang Dinosara brought back from her visit to the tea district in China than other versions of this tea I have tried in the past. I was so lucky that she shared some with me. I will do a little more comparing later because I have not had that one for a while. In comparison to my other favorite Tan Yang (Tan Yang Te Ji from TeaSpring) TeaVivre’s is much more golden tipped and curlier. The leaves are also longer than the one from TeaSpring. I am pretty sure the two are of differing grades just by look with the one from TeaVivre being higher, but they are similar in price.

Smooth, slight malt, super sweet (in fact, I think I need to try this one with out my usual sweetener). There is the perfect touch of earthiness wrapped in the flavor of carmelized sweet potatoes. Yes, caramel…. The TeaSpring Tan Yang is a little heavier on the malt and earthiness. I will do a ‘reminder’ cup of that also, just to be sure.

So far, I am certain I will be purchasing this at some point. I wish my stash was not so overwhelming or I would buy some today. There is just such a warm sweetness with this one. Definitely sweeter than the Golden Monkey, but who should have to pick one over the other? Get them both! A China black tea lovers dream paring….the Golden Monkey for everyday, and the Tan Yang for special days.

Usual teapot method (OMG this was wonderful!….Did I say that all ready?) with my equally as wonderful resteep at 5 minutes.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

Great review! I haven’t tried this one yet, but it’s going on my shopping list.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I think this goes on my next teavirve order, it sounds like something I’ll love.


Good to hear your review of this! It is definitely on my list of must-try teas!


Dinosara- I would send you some but I only have 7 grams left until I order again!


This. As SOON as we enter the Age of Frivolity, I’m getting me some of this.

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14589 tasting notes

this is not a sipdown. and thank goodness because i had it today….the fact that the other half is on my table is proof. but all i remember is being happy to have tea. and drinking it. and then it being gone. so better notes to come i promise…though at this rate, that may not happen until 2014.


I really liked this one.

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