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Tea Gift Set Formosa Gunpowder Green Loose 100g


Wrapped Gift Set Details

100g of your chosen loose leaf tea packed in a foil-lined natural kraft bag inside a metal matt black Airseal caddy with neoprene seal for perfect freshness, 

measuring 14cm tall and 8.7cm in diameter and holding approximately 150g of tea when full.

 1 x very pretty and useful strainer in an arts and crafts style known as Empress net weight 31g and measuring 10.7 cm across complete with 

stainless steel drip bowl to catch all the drips 

1x 18-10 quality polished stainless steel deep rounded teaspoon which is ideal for measuring the correct amount of loose-leaf tea to make a perfect cuppa tea.

Weighing 29.3g and measuring 12.7 cm it fits perfectly into our Airseal tea caddy.

All wrapped in a sturdy re-usable kraft presentation box with ribbon, bow, and tag

(Christmas tag from 1 Nov to 22 Dec and plain red rest of year unless requested)

Formosa Gunpowder

"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 Taiwan, generally, better gunpowders come from Taiwan. Today in Taiwan the tea bushes flush about 5 times per year from April to December and the 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.


Map of Tiawan
Gunpowder is very popular in the Middle East and North Africa, where it is 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 stands apart from all the others we have tried, makes a great gift for a serious green tea lover.

Origin: Taiwan

Caffeine Guide: Low

Region: Taipei County

Antioxidant Content: Low

Growing Altitudes: 1500 – 2500 feet above sea level

Appearance: Tiny rolled green balls like gunpowder

Grade: 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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Customer Reviews

Based on 14 reviews
MT Wakefield (Wakefield, GB)
The best

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.

v m bethell (Royal Tunbridge Wells, GB)
A Blast from the Past.

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.

Carol Mellish (London, GB)
gunpwder tea

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.

MT Wakefield (Castleford, GB)
The best

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.

Dan (London, GB)
Good Stuff

Chunky folded leaves - packed with flavour. Great service with good packaging and fast delivery from Teacakes.

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