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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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Gunpowder Green Tea - Temple of Heaven from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 8th, 2014

The only gunpowder tea I have ever had in a tea bag, and was among the better examples of gunpowder tea that I've tried, competing even against a lot of loose leaf (much better than the generic boxed stuff sold cheaply in most Chinatowns and Asian markets). Served in the little cafe in the middle of Franklin and Marsh...

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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.

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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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Java Green Gunpowder from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: Indonesia

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 11th, 2010

My first Indonesian tea sampled, and I was a bit disappointed, even though I like this style of tea.

This tea is considerably less smoky than most Chinese gunpowder teas I've had...only a moderate amount of smoke. It has a cool quality to the aroma, and a tangy flavor with some bitterness. More similar in all resp...

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