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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Pearl Gunpowder from The Tao of Tea

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

66 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 27th, 2017

This was a simple, coolish, fresh green tea with a hint of smoke in the aroma. Gunpowder isn't my favorite style of green tea, but I do enjoy it from time to time.

The dry leaf of this smells mild but pleasant and fresh, dusty with a hint of smoke, some cool herbal notes a little like celery. After steeping I see ...

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spaflam

(166 reviews)
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Organic Pinhead Gunpowder Green Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: Jiangxi, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 17th, 2016

I am a big fan of pinhead gunpowder (Green) tea - and it is fun to watch it steep/brew as all the little balls unfurl. This one by Stash is moderately priced. Pinhead is never (or not that I have seen) sold in bags/sachets as you need it loos to watch it work its magic.

I drink this neat - (Hot) or possibly with a...

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Gunpowder Green from Harney and Sons

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 14th, 2016

This is an easy-drinking green tea with grassy notes an a faint whiff of herbs (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 live this one better hot. Super-mild. As with all Harney & Sons - beautifully pac...

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China Gunpowder from Tea Forte

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 23rd, 2015

I like Tea Forte - and their packaging is excellent. But it's what's inside that sachet that counts - and this Green "Gunpowder" style tea is delicious with a mild, (generic?) grassy flavor that I happen to enjoy. Is it the best green ever? Not by a long-shot - but it is solid and easy to drink (I do it unsweetened,...

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b22johansen

(44 reviews)
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Gunpowder Green Tea (Zhu Cha) from TeaVivre

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 4th, 2015

This is a very vegetal tea, but at the same time, not overwhelmingly so. In a way, it is your stereotypical green tea, that tastes like vegetables and has a slight bitterness to it. If you like green tea, however, it is an excellent everyday tea due to it's very affordable price.

First, the aroma is very smooth. It...

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Brytta Sóþword

(289 reviews)
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Special Gunpowder from Temple of Heaven

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: China

83 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 18th, 2014

The scent is very muted, but once you take a sip the flavor is pleasant and of good strength. It's definitely got a vegetal, almost savory feel to it, yet it isn't bitter at all. I like the taste and think it would pair it well with meals. It's quite good on its own, too. I haven't tried too many Chinese teas, but gunp...

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Nick Cockcroft

(8 reviews)
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ZG20: First Grade Gunpowder Green from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: China

77 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 16th, 2014

A good strong gunpowder, and a good value from Upton, as you can buy in bulk. No reason to buy a more expensive grade IMO.

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Gunpowder Green Tea from The Tea Room

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 24th, 2013

Bought at TJ Maxx; $3 for a 3.5 ounce tin--which seems cheap for loose-leaf tea, but is actually relatively pricey for gunpowder. Dry leaf smells wonderfully fresh though: herbaceous and only faintly smoky.

Steeped for for over 4 minutes with near-boiling water. Brews up a rich golden color. No unpleasant harshne...

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Chinese Gunpowder from Infuze

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: China

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 4th, 2013

I like gunpowder tea a lot, but I find it is often a low-quality tea, often harsh and lacking complexity. This was a higher-quality example, although it still wasn't among my favorite of Chinese green teas in this price range. I found it hard to brew to satisfaction, but very good when I did.

The dry leaf of this ...

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spaflam

(166 reviews)
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#146 - Organic Gunpowder from Tealuxe

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 4th, 2013

Overpriced - plus their NYC shop quickly opened and closed in a flash about 9 years ago - but this was fun to try. Grassy but not bitter. Smooth and easy to drink hot. Never tried it iced.

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Sylvia

(210 reviews)
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Special Gunpowder from Temple of Heaven

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: China

50 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 26th, 2012

It has too vegetal of an aroma, but the flavor is mild and not bad. I added cream and sugar.

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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ZG58: Qianjiang Hubei Jade Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: Hubei, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 21st, 2012

This tea was barely like other gunpowder green tea, and much more like other high-grade Chinese green teas. The loose leaf is only loosely rolled, and looks quite delicate.

Aroma is vegetal and light, and suggests sweetness. There's no overt smokiness but there's a suggestion of camphor in the aroma, which I disli...

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marlena

(75 reviews)

Pinhead Gunpowder from thepuriTea

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 28th, 2011

To my mind, these are not pinheads, which I think are supposed to be smaller than regular gunpowder tea, as they are pretty good sized. I brewed it for about a minute and found it to be floral and vegetal, but also seemed to carry some sesame seed in it. The second infusion was for 1.5 minutes and smelled more floral...

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