Gunpowder Green Tea - Temple of Heaven - Organic - Fair Trade
Within hours of being plucked, this whole leaf organic green tea is gently steamed and then rolled into small tight pearls. When steeped, the leaves unfurl, releasing a well-rounded, full-bodied flavor.
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Stack Overload (6 reviews) on Nov. 16th, 2016
This has been my go-to, everyday green tea for a while now. Not as good as others I've tried, but I always keep it on hand since it is readily available at the local grocery store.
On the box it is mentioned that this tea is sourced from a fair trade garden in China, so it does appear to be a genuine Chinese gunpowder. I have no idea of what region/district in China though. But I thought that worth mentioning.
I tend to steep first at 2 1/2 minutes, and for the second steep I go up to 3 1/2. I also use a fairly low temperature, 175 (F).
Nice amber color (that is it in my profile pic). Pleasant ever so slightly smoky aroma. Taste is ultra smooth with a hint of citrus. So very easily drinkable, which is why it's always in my tea chest, ready to drink at a moments notice :)
Alex Zorach (1274 reviews) on Apr. 8th, 2014
A flat paper tea bag that has relatively big pieces of leaf, looking just like most loose-leaf gunpowder. Brews a rich golden-amber cup, quite dark in color for a green tea.
Mild aroma. Only a light hint of smokiness, not overly smoky like some examples of this style of tea. Smells more like Japanese sencha than most gunpowder.
This tea has a clean, fresh, cooling quality...lightly tangy, almost slightly minty. A good tea for a hot day. I'd imagine it would probably also taste great iced.
I steeped for 3 minutes, and then again for 5. The second cup was plenty strong, like I'd expect from a whole-leaf tea. A little pricey though, especially given that gunpowder, even good-quality, organic examples of it, is very cheap. I compare to some of the loose-leaf offerings from Upton Tea Imports, which are a fraction of the cost-per-cup of this one. But the price on this is not bad if you compare it to whole-leaf organic teas in tea bags.
Brytta Sóþword (285 reviews) on Jan. 22nd, 2014
Update: Tried this one again. I'd like to add that oversteeping can happen easily if you're not a fan of any bitterness, so keep an eye on your time.
This is an easy-drinking green tea with grassy notes an a faint whiff of herbs (sage? I dunno - but I get an herbaceous quality if you let it steep long enough.) Must steep at least 3 minutes as it brews up "pale". Good hot and OK on ice. I like this one better hot. Super-mild.
I like this tea, but it is very mild. I usually add lemon.
Color: pale yet thick brown color, nice heavy weight
Nose: green herbal nose, a little dirty and musky as well
Taste: on the front end there's a great smoked herbal flavor, on the midpallete the herbal flavor remains but there's a musty top soil flavor that replaces the smoked flavor, the finish is a musty-ness that disappears quickly
Comments: really good tea imo, its tasty and full of character yet isn't so strong that it overpowers you, i agree with mithel in saying that its a tea you can just enjoy anytime and i find it really good for making a good quality ice tea for that reason
Virtually no aroma (which is fine with me). A mild but very good flavor. The strength of this tea is the fact that you don't notice it, you just enjoy it.
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