"Gunpowder fans won’t be disappointed in this full green tea revealing a slightly bitter but not unpleasant flavour."
Gunpowder is one of the most famous names in tea, partly due to the story that the name was given by a young English port clerk who thought the tiny rolled green balls were gunpowder. The tea leaves are specially selected for quality, size and style and are then rolled into tight nuggets. Gunpowder tea keeps a lot longer than other green teas and is favoured because of this characteristic.
Gunpowder tea comes from the province of Zhejiang in China and from Taiwan, generally, better gunpowders come from Taiwan. Today in Taiwan the tea bushes flush about 5 times per year from April to December and best leaf is picked from the end of May to mid-August. Tea bushes were first planted in Taiwan about 300 years ago with bushes from Fujian Province, and the main tea growing/production region is concentrated around the northern part of Taiwan near Chi-lung.
Gunpowder is very popular in the Middle East and North Africa, where used blended with mint and large amounts of sugar to make Touareg.
When the tea is made the tiny pellets bobble in the bowl or cup. Boiling water causes them to almost explode in the water as the leaves expand and open up like flowers then sink slowly to the bottom in graceful patterns, which add a dimension of visual pleasure to tea drinking.
This tea produces a reasonably strong dark-green brew with a memorable fragrance and a long lasting finish. Gunpowder is denser than other teas so one or two teaspoons for a teapot is all that is required. If you like green tea then this is a very good example and it really stands apart from all the others we have tried, makes a great gift for a serious green tea lover.
Caffeine Guide: Low
Region: Taipei County
Antioxidant Content: Low
Growing Altitudes: 1500 – 2500 feet above sea level
Appearance: Tiny rolled green balls like gunpowder
Infusion Colour: Tending dark green
Process: Steamed green tea
Taste: Slightly bitter but not unpleasant flavour, long lasting finish
Ingredients: Green tea
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The best green tea I have tasted. I have been drinking this now for a number of years and Teacakes of Yorkshire is the best source with delivery usually within 2 days.
I first came across Gunpowder tea in 1985 when I began working for a tea & coffee retail firm, Importers Retail Salerooms, as manager of the Tunbridge Wells branch. Our products were of the highest quality and the Gunpowder tea supplied by Yorkshire Tearooms matches the product I sold in every aspect.
As usual order dealt with smoothly and a lovely sample of mulled spice tea included, much appreciated.
the flavour of the formosa green tea from Taiwan is great.
The Formosa Gunpowder tea, hopefully from Taiwan rather than China. is the best tasting green tea, (in my opinion), loads of flavour and not bitter. Teacakes of Yorkshire have supplied me the hand rolled gunpowder now for at lease the last 5 years. The orders are usually delivered First Class the next day or no later than the day after depending on Royal Mail. Friends and family in the EU and as faraway as Australia are of the same opinion as myself and I regularly get them tea to take home. Well done Teacakes Yorkshire for putting smiles on so many faces. I forgot to say that the price is more than reasonable. Try and enjoy.
Chunky folded leaves - packed with flavour. Great service with good packaging and fast delivery from Teacakes.