Because our beloved Qimen Mao Feng hong cha is sold out I spent last few months trying to find similar tea. Going through many samples we found this Tanyang hong cha – with pine needle style of leaves, full of tiny buds and strong aroma.

Aroma of dry leaves is sweet like cane sugar and chocolate. Taste is full bodied with notes of cocoa beans, muscovado sugar and dry fruits with touch of peach flavour.


Origin: Tanyang, Fujian, China.
Harvest: April 2023
Cultivar: Tanyang Caicha

Temperature of water and amount of leaves: 100 C 5g/100ml.

Suggested brewing method: Yixing clay teapot or gaiwan of low capacity. First, you should pre-heat empty teapot/gaiwan and tea cups with boiling water. When the teapot is warmed, then you put the tea leaves in. After smelling hot and dry leaves in the pot, gently pour the boiling water to the pot.  First infusion should be very short- not more than 20 second. We suggest to increase brewing time for 5-10 seconds in each next brewing.

We recommend to brew this tea also in the bowl-style- then please use around 1,5g of leaves for 100ml of water.

Additional information


30 g, 50 g, 100 g


  1. RedV (verified owner)

    This tea can be devided in two distinctive characters within the same session. The first has mild balsamic, almost eucalyptic notes with some coconut hints and aged brown sweet rhum (fermented cane sugar). Very tropical. The second part (last two maybe three steepings) is warm and mellow. Sour orange notes are the most distinctive with some of those characteristic hong cha wet autumn leaves ones too. Overall not an extremely lasting tea in my opinion but very satisfying session. Gong dao bei yields interesting and very delicate perfumes.

  2. Terrance H. (verified owner)

    I have had plenty of black teas that somewhat taste like cacao or chocolate but this is the first I’ve had that came as close to tasting like biting into a dark chocolate bar. The floral notes and aroma was appreciated amongst the dark and decadent caramelized sugar, rum and chocolate flavors. It had the right about of bite to it also to go along with the sweetness. Skip the sweets and drink this instead :D.

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