What is it?
The name 'gunpowder' comes from the shape of these green tea leaves when they've been rolled - tightly wrapped pellets, just like old fashioned gunpowder. It’s even said that barrels of gunpowder tea have been confused for those of actual gunpowder in the past, probably to the dismay of fighters and tea lovers alike!
Our Finest Gunpowder Green tea is a beautifully delicate infusion, with a wonderful thirst-quenching and lightly smoky taste, a cup of which will brighten up even the greyest of days. Gunpowder tea has a whole, strong flavour, which explodes out of the small pellets as they unravel as the tea infuses. The pellets of this Finest Gunpowder Green tea shine with freshness and the small, tightly rolled leaves are a testament to its high quality.
Where’s it from?
Gunpowder tea is a traditional Chinese tea which can be traced back to the 600s. The tea’s name translates from Chinese as ‘pearl tea’ or ‘bead tea’ due to its look. Gunpowder tea is also commonly associated with the Maghreb, as a base ingredient of North African mint tea.
How’s it made?
Gunpowder Green tea is produced in the Zhejiang Province of China, and - whilst green is the most frequently produced – it can be made using a variety of dried teas including black and white. Gunpowder teas are withered, steamed, rolled and then dried.