Gunpowder Tea is a well-known Chinese green tea, native to Zhejiang Province, in the eastern coast of China.
This famous tea gets its name from the shape of the leaves. Rolled into tiny black pellets, the leaves were mistaken for gunpowder grains.
Come and share a cup of this unique green tea with us.
At the same time learn how each cup of tea you drink will provide you with numerous green tea health benefits.
Taste a wonderful tea in its original Chinese way and then travel around the world to find it inside a famous tea blend that is enjoyed by many people. Can you guess what this blend is?
Pick up your cup of tea and let us begin our journey with a quick look at the history of this green tea.
We begin our story in China, in the Zhejiang province, during the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907 AD), where this tea was first produced.
Originally called Pearl tea, or zhu cha, Gunpowder green tea has been delighting Chinese tea lovers since.
So where does the name Gunpowder tea come from?
Some say, this green tea got its English name in the 18th century by a British clerk, due to its similarity with gunpowder pellets. Others say that it was the very British sailors that were taking this tea from China all the way to the West.
In the beginning green tea leaves were picked by hand and then withered to remove moisture, steamed and then rolled into tiny pellets, again by hand, very carefully so as not to break the leaf.
Nowadays, machines do the picking and rolling, except when preparing higher grades of Gunpowder green tea. This rolling method allows the leaves to stay fresh longer than other teas, retaining more flavor and aroma while protecting the leaves from possible damage.
Moving forward to the present day we find that Gunpowder tea is produced not only in the Zhejiang Province, but also in the Chinese provinces of Guangdong, Anhui, Hunan and Fujian. And we can also find it outside China.
Therefore, depending on the type of leaves used and where they came from, you can enjoy several types of Gunpowder green tea.
Here are some varieties you can try:
Comparing With Other Teas
It is refreshing, magical and it offers you a soft honey taste, followed by a smoky hint.
This smokiness so common in this type of tea is also the result of the leaves that are used to make it.
While some finer teas use the bud and first small leaves of the tea plant, to make Gunpowder tea pellets, the tea pickers choose larger and older tea leaves.
This is a strong characteristic that you may also find in Lapsang Souchong tea, a Chinese black tea.
Let us move on! Care for another cup of this tea while we enter the fantastic world of Gunpowder green tea health benefits?
The sweet taste and nutty aroma are combined with powerful green tea health benefits which keep you and your loved ones protected and healthy in many ways.
Fight Cardiovascular Diseases
Prevent Type II Diabetes
Promotes Fat Loss
Fight Flu Symptoms
This green tea is a treasure waiting for you to discover. Have a look at our page Green Tea Health Benefits to enjoy everything this beverage has to offer you.
Try this wonderful Chinese Green Tea now!
Now that you know all about the importance of drinking green tea, let’s get ready to brew Gunpowder tea to perfection.
It is a very important and yet an easy process, that you will master in no time at all.
How to make Gunpowder tea?
Water temperature: 70ºC - 80ºC (158ºF - 176ºF)
Steeping Time: 1 min
Rebrew allowed: Yes
Best paired with: red meat dishes
The Tea Ware
Now, enjoy some moments of pure pleasure and delight.
Observe how the pellets unfold in your teapot from those tiny little balls into beautiful large tea leaves. Inhale that smoky and nutty aroma and enjoy that marvelous yellow liquor in your cup.
Here’s a tip: Do not add milk or sugar. This tea does not need it. If you feel you just can’t drink your tea without sugar, then just add a little bit less every time you brew yourself a cup of this tea. Very soon, you’ll be able to enjoy your unsweetened tea.
Buying and Keeping Your Gunpowder Tea
Ready to try this tea?
Well, when buying Gunpowder, make sure to look for shiny, small, tightly rolled pellets. These are indicators of high quality tea.
To keep your tea fresh for long periods of time, it is important to store your tea somewhere cool, dark, dry and airtight.
You can use your Gunpowder tea to create wonderful green tea recipes! Combine it with red meat or strong flavored dishes. It is a world worth discovering!
From east to west, Gunpowder tea made its way to North Africa. In search of new markets to expand the tea trade, the English brought Gunpowder tea to Morocco, in the 18th century.
Slowly, it became part of the local culture, to be enjoyed by all society, from the wealthier urban population to the rural poorer people, becoming even more popular in the 19th century.
Gunpowder tea is blended with peppermint leaves, sweetened with honey or sugar to create a famous blend called Moroccan Mint Tea.
Other herbs may be blended with this tea, according to the season, but it is the refreshing and cooling mint tea that is today enjoyed worldwide.
Isn’t it wonderful how a simple tea leaf can have so much history and touch every part of our mind and body with its healing power? As you may see, drinking green tea is indeed a pleasure and a gift.
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Fine Chinese Gunpowder tea blended with organic peppermint and spearmint just for you.
This makes a cup of tea that is both and refreshing. It is a taste so perfect that you will drink it again and again.
Every sip is a world of benefits and flavor just waiting to explode in your mouth!
”In the Taste of a single cup of tea you will eventually discover the truth of all the ten thousand forms in the universe.”
- Attributed to Kyongbong Sunim, Ch'an (Zen) Master
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