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”.
Where Is Our Superfine Tan Yang Gong Fu Black Tea Produced?
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 Village
Tanyang 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.
About Tea Tree Species - Tanyang Cai Cha
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 bent shape. The blade is flat and gets gradually sharper to the tip. Leaf dent is dull and thick. Its texture is thick but crispy.
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.
Brief health info
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.
|Region(s)||Fujian Province - Tanyang Village|
|Makes Great Iced Tea||No|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Amount)||3.72 fl oz / 110 ml|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Temp)||185 F / 85 C|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Amount)||5 g|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Time)||5s, 10s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s|
|Western Method (Water Amount)||12 fl oz / 355 ml|
|Western Method (Water Temp)||185 F / 85 C|
|Western Method (Amount)||1 Tablespoon|
|Western Method (Time)||2-3 Mins (to taste)|