Gunpowder Tea

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Gunpowder green

This is the most popular loose tea from the Zhejiang province south of Shanghai. The name gunpowder was given to this specialty because of its rolled leaves which appear as little balls and when brewed they crackle and unfurl. It has a strong traditional taste with a tangy aroma.

Brew with boiled water at a temperature of 75 to 80 degrees and leave to infuse for 1 to 3 minutes. Sometimes the first brew can be too strong in which case brew it again for a smoother infusion which gives you the true soul of the tea.

Pinhead gunpowder

This Chinese green tea from the Zhejiang Province. The tea leaves are withered, steamed and then each leaf is hand rolled into a tiny pellet, giving an aromatic flavour. Often used with fresh mint or mint herb to produce the national drink of Morocco, Moroccan Mint tea.

Brew with boiled water at a temperature of 75 to 80 degrees and leave to infuse for 1 to 3 minutes.

Temple of Heaven gunpowder

This is a top quality special green tea. During processing the green tea is dried in rotating drums that roll the leaves tightly into small curled tea balls. This gunpowder tea has a finer softer aroma than standard grades of this type of tea. Temple of Heaven can be drunk throughout the day and can be brewed a second time for a more gentle brew with 85% of the caffeine removed.

Brew with water at a temperature of between 75 and 80 degrees and infuse for 1 – 3 minutes.

Organic gunpowder

A naturally grown gunpowder Chinese green tea, this variety of gunpowder is biologically produced in the standard way of wetting the leaves during the short period of roasting. This is followed by the slow drying process which curls and rolls the leaves into the traditional tight ball shapes. This organic gunpowder has a high caffeine content which is largely removed if the tea is re brewed.

Use water at a temperature of between 75 and 80 degrees and brew for 1 to 3 minutes.

Black gunpowder

This tea is from the Eastern Province of Fujian. In China this tea is sometimes called “black pearls” and is carefully processed by hand in the traditional way. The hand rolled pearls of tea are a lovely shiny black colour and are fine aromatic, mild and full bodied flavour with subtle smoky flowery notes. A very rare and unusual tea.

Brew with boiling water and infuse for 3 – 5 minutes.

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