Gunpowder Tea is a Chinese green tea. Its Chinese name actually means “Pearl Tea” and the English name most likely comes from the Chinese word for “freshly brewed” (gang pao de) and the fact that each leaf is rolled into a small, round pellet that resembles a black powder grain. Gunpowder green tea has a thick, strong and slightly smokey flavor, with a coppery aftertaste. Chinese gunpowder green tea yields a fuller flavor than most greens. It tends towards an amber color and an earthier, nutty cup.
All sizes are measured by weight in ounces. You will receive 1oz dried tea leaf. Typically, one ounce will make 10-15 cups of tea, depending on how strong you like it.
*All Contain caffeine, with the exception of Rooibos, which is an herb and not derived from the plant Camellia Sinensis
Chinese green teas are generally much easier to brew than Japanese varieties and Gunpowder Pearl Tea is no exception. Like most other green teas, it should be steeped in cooler water than black or oolong teas. A temperature of 80°C (176°F) is a good starting point. To get this temperature, you can just use a simple stove-top kettle to bring the water to a boil and then let it cool down for about two minutes.
With most high quality teas, the younger and more delicate buds and leaves are used, but for gunpowder, larger and older leaves are picked. Because older leaves are used and due to the processing methods, gunpowder has a unique flavor among green teas. It has a soft taste with hints of honey and a distinct smokiness.
Green tea is processed just after plucking, which minimizes oxidation and delivers a pale green color and distinct earthy flavor. After the leaves are picked, they are withered to remove moisture and then steamed to stop the oxidation process. After that, they are rolled into small pellets. They must be rolled carefully to avoid breaking the leaves.
Gunpowder the base ingredient in the popular Moroccan mint tea which uses fresh mint leaves and sugar to create a refreshing minty sweet cup.
If you're transitioning from tea bags to making tea with loose leaf tea, this listing is for you.
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Enjoying the process of preparing your tea can be part of your daily ritual; taking a few moments to heighten your senses and enhance your tasting experience. Enjoy your tea and allow your taste buds to unfold the unique characteristics within your cup. Most teas can be re-steeped multiple times
Water temperature, the volume of tea leaves, and steeping time are all part of the art of brewing tea. Different compounds are extracted at different rates depending on water temperature and steeping time.
Green teas do better with shorter brewing times and lower water temperatures. Most green teas and greener oolong teas taste best when brewed at temperatures 30° - 40° F below boiling point (180° - 170°F).
Water temperature that is just below boiling (212°F) is ideal for black tea and oolong tea. Green tea is more delicate and requires a more delicate temperature.
Measure volume in weight instead of teaspoons for best results: 2 - 2.5 grams for a 6-ounce cup is ideal.
Hot tea brewing method:
Add heated water. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to tea and taste.
Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Add milk, sugar according taste.
Tea was discovered in its greenest form over five thousand years ago.
For centuries, all tea was green tea. Green tea is simply the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant placed to steep in hot water.
Black tea is the most popular tea in the world.
There are four types of true teas including white tea, green tea, oolong tea, and black tea.
All four types of true teas are derived from the same exact plant species – Camellia sinensis.
The difference in these teas arises during the production process. Some teas are oxidized while others are simply sun-dried. These minor differences result in big flavor and color differences.
China is the birthplace of black tea, which in China is called, perhaps more appropriately, hong cha – red tea – after its the red colored tea it usually produces.
Black tea is usually graded on one of four scales of quality. Whole-leaf teas are the highest quality, with the best whole-leaf teas graded as “orange pekoe.” After the whole-leaf teas, the scale degrades to broken leaves, fannings, then dusts.
Whole-leaf teas are produced with little or no alteration to the tea leaf. This results in a finished product with a coarser texture than that of bagged teas.
We hand make all of our products to order in small batches to ensure optimal freshness, consistency, and potency. Our products are not made to sit on store shelves for extended amounts of time. Dried tea blends can last many years if sealed in an airtight container, and stored correctly (in a cool, dry, and dark place.) UV light offers the biggest threat to dried herbs and tea leaves, as prolonged sun exposure can turn leaves pale and zap them of their potency, aroma, and taste. Tea and other dried herbs don’t go bad, but will lose potency over time. If you notice these characteristics, or if tea herbs have turned pale, scentless, and flavorless, it’s best to discard the product. Always store your natural botanicals in cool, dry, and dark places as light and heat can effect the product quality and potency.
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Sep 19, 2023
Tea blend was lovely and perfect for my use. Shipping was fast!