Review of Java Sunda Purwa (g)

5 of 103 of 53 of 548 of 100

The first thing that struck me is that it looks and smells exactly like gunpowder tea, even though it isn't called that anywhere. It's not a problem, I even have an idea why one might not want to market gunpowder tea as gunpowder tea (if that really is what this is). The origin and a name might sound more enticing that "gunpowder", which would appear to be your standard green tea. I certainly bought this because I want to try teas from many different regions.

It does also taste like gunpowder tea. Strong and a bit sweetish, and I think I'm finally tasting a hint of this smokiness that everyone keeps talking about in a tea that isn't actually smoked (like lapsang souchong).
Second steeping is strikingly sweet, but otherwise not interesting. I'm not even going to try to get a third cup out of it, I can already tell that it's not worth it.

It's relatively cheap for De Theefabriek at €3.85 for 90 grams, but I've had gunpowder teas that I liked as much (at least at the time; maybe my standards have increased) for a quarter of the price or less.

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