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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 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 tea spoon 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 gift 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 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.


Map of Tiawan
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.

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 10 reviews
Dan (London, GB)
Good Stuff

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

Julie Bishop (Shrewsbury, GB)
Gunpowder green tea

After drinking gunpowder green tea for years I have found difficulty in being able to purchase it, not now service excellent flavour lovely and will be ordering more very soon thanks Yorkshire teacakes

Federico Forresu (Preston, GB)
Good quality, almost 100% pure rolled leaves, for formosa gunpowder.

Good quality, almost 100% pure rolled leaves, for formosa gunpowder.
Besides exceptional service and prompte response. Cannot ask more.

Jane V (Cullompton, GB)
Refreshing, good flavoured tea

I am a big fan of 'gunpowder' green tea. This is the first time I have tried this particular brand and I was not disappointed, although I did need to let it brew just a little longer than my usual brand to achieve my prefered strength - but then green tea drinking should never be rushed ...

Paula Morris (Gillingham, GB)
Gunpowder Tea

Really beautiful tea, lovely flavour, Crystal clear when made with fresh boiling water. Beautiful packaging and arrived in perfect condition. I will be ordering again. Thank you very much 🤗

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