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Gunpowder Green Tea

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Last Updated: Mar. 12, 2014 

About Gunpowder Green Tea

Loose-leaf green tea with tightly rolled leaves, olive green in colorLoose-Leaf Gunpowder Green Tea, Photo © André Helbig, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Gunpowder tea, Chinese zhu cha(珠茶) usually refers to a style of green tea rolled into small round pellets; the name references the fact that the pellets resemble gunpowder pellets. Gunpowder tea often has a strongly smoky aroma, although some varieties of this tea have little or no smokiness in the aroma.

Gunpowder tea is also produced in Taiwan, where it is sometimes called Formosa gunpowder, and in Sri Lanka, where it can be called Ceylon gunpowder.

Occasionally, other teas are rolled into pellets in a similar way. Black gunpowder is one such style of tea, although it is much less common. Generally "gunpowder tea" refers to the smokey green tea. Many oolong teas are also rolled into pellets similarly, although they rarely bear the name "gunpowder".

Gunpowder tea originated in Zhejiang province in China, but it is now produced elsewhere as well. Gunpowder tea is generally inexpensive, and even many of the high-quality gunpowder teas tend to be very reasonably priced.

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82 / 100
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This tea has a mild roasty and vegetal aroma which I enjoy. The flavor is pretty good and also has a kind of roasted quality to it. I enjoy this green tea because it is very smooth and is definitely less astringent than many other green teas I’ve had. It still does have a slight astringent aftertaste in my throat but...

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44 / 100
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This is one of the cheapest loose leaf teas I've ever seen, so I'm trying not to judge it to harshly, but it's just not very good. It's smoky, of course, but not too much if the temperature isn't too high. The overall flavor is vegetal, tasting like cooked carrots and green beans to me. It's pretty sour and astringent,...

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70 / 100
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Gunpowder from Adagio Teas

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China
May. 5th, 2018

Gunpowder isn’t my favorite tea, so my rating may not be entirely fair. That said, I like this tea. It’s smoky and a little vegetal. Full-bodied and smooth. I wouldn’t drink it every day, but it’s a nice change of pace. If you like strong and smoky green teas, you might like it better.

I can’t compare...

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85 / 100
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The first time I ever tried gunpowder tea, I hated it. So, I came to this tea very skeptical. I also don't like smoky flavors, so that was another potential issue. But, even with all of that working against it, I ended up loving this tea. It has a spicy note like black pepper, there's a moderately rich, buttery quality...

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48 / 100
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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...

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Brand:Numi Organic Tea
Style:Gunpowder Green Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
60
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Special Gunpowder

Brand:Temple of Heaven
Style:Gunpowder Green Tea
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings
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Java Sunda Purwa (g)

Brand:De Theefabriek
Style:Gunpowder Green Tea
Region:West Java, Indonesia
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
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Gunpowder

Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Gunpowder Green Tea
Region:Zhejiang, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
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Gunpowder Green

Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Gunpowder Green Tea
Region:Zhejiang, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating

Top-Rated Gunpowder Green Tea

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Brand:Numi Organic Tea
Style:Gunpowder Green Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
60
11 Ratings

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