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This is one of the teas I brought back from China. I had a tasting of this tea in the shop in the Jingmin Tea City, and as I understood it, this is the highest of the three grades of Tan Yang Gongfu (Panyang Congou) black tea in the shop. We tried all three and this one was, not shockingly, my favorite. The leaf is long and squiggly, with tons of golden leaves in the mix, which is why I ended up calling it “Golden Tips” here.

I tried this one gong fu style in the shop, but I’m brewing it western style here just to see how it works this way. I used the steeping parameters from Teavivre’s Bailin Gongfu black tea, since that is the most similar tea I have to this one. It steeped to a dark amber color, and it has a great aroma of chocolate, honey, caramel and malty black tea. I remember this tea as smooth and sweet and lovely, and that’s what I’m getting here as well. I’m getting better than I remember, actually. At the shop it was hard to truly appreciate it because by the time I had this one my taste buds were getting a bit overwhelmed by Tan Yangs, but this is really a delicious tea. So so sweet! It’s amazing. With all those lovely chocolatey, malty, caramel, honey, raisin, wheaty notes. Of course I wish I had bought more, and I curse the luggage restrictions that made me buy what will not last very long for me. Shoulda coulda woulda, but I should have tried it while I was still in China (I didn’t want to break the airtight seal until I got home) because I might have realized that I needed way more of this. Sigh.

Gah I am almost angry about how much I like this tea. The funny thing is, I’m sure that this is not super special Tan Yang, it’s probably just your standard high-level commercial grade tea you can probably pick up in lots of those shops in Maliandao, but it’s still so good!

I paid about the same price for this as Teaspring’s Tan Yang Te Ji sells for. I am interested to see how they compare (and it is all I can do not to immediately order Tan Yangs from Teaspring right now! :P)

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Rachel J

Tried the Teavivre Tan Yang Gong Fu today, loved it, and decided to look up what the heck a Tan Yang is. So happy I came across this old note of yours! It’s the same as Panyang Congou??? Glad to know that, because trying some Panyang Congou was next on my agenda anyway, and now it appears I have had one! Ugh with the many spellings of things in the tea world.

Dinosara

Yup, Tan Yang Gongfu is just a more updated spelling of Panyang Congou (try saying both of them really fast LOL). It’s one varietal of Fujian black tea, just like the Bailin Gongfu is another type of Fujian black tea.

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Rachel J

Tried the Teavivre Tan Yang Gong Fu today, loved it, and decided to look up what the heck a Tan Yang is. So happy I came across this old note of yours! It’s the same as Panyang Congou??? Glad to know that, because trying some Panyang Congou was next on my agenda anyway, and now it appears I have had one! Ugh with the many spellings of things in the tea world.

Dinosara

Yup, Tan Yang Gongfu is just a more updated spelling of Panyang Congou (try saying both of them really fast LOL). It’s one varietal of Fujian black tea, just like the Bailin Gongfu is another type of Fujian black tea.

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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