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drank Gunpowder by Unknown
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I keep seeing Gunpowder being described as being smoky. I don’t get it. I can’t for the life of me find any smoke in it at all. None. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zero. Nichts.

In the aroma of the dry leaves I kind pick something up that I think must be what some are interpreting as smoke, but to me it isn’t smoke. To me it’s more plant-y hay-y. No sign of smoke in the steeped tea aroma either.

I have brewed this really really carefully, and still all I can find is slightly butter-y vegetableness with a fair amount of astringency. Mind you, my gunpowder is old and of a fairly low quality, but I cannot find smoke anywhere in the flavour. I wouldn’t be able to find smokyness in this if my life depended on it.

I just don’t get it. How do you get it to be smoky???

Ricky

It’s smokeeyyyyyy! :)

It’s probably because it’s really really really light. Seeing as you can deal with something like lapsang you probably don’t think this is smokey in comparison.

Dan

The gunpowder I had from Teas, Etc was not smoky. The one I had from Adagio was. I don’t know if its the quality or what. Someone out there has to know, please comment.

Ricky

Well the whole smokiness could also be due to freshness. I have some really ancient gunpowder (meaning it’s been sitting in my cupboard for a while) and that stuff isn’t smokey anymore.

__Morgana__

I don’t get smoky either in my limited gunpowder experience. I get “dusky” or “musky” depending on the tea. More pungent than other greens but not smoky.

gmathis

Never looked this up to confirm it, but I always thought the “gunpowder” was a reference to the appearance of the tea rather than its flavor.

Auggy

I’m with you – I can’t really see smoky from gunpowder. Toasty, maybe, but that’s typically as far as I can go.

Miss Sweet

I’ve never found gunpowder teas to be smoky either – even though some say that’s how they taste right on the packet! Glad I’m not the only one.

Angrboda

Ricky, I think you might be right there. This is only my second Gunpowder ever and the first one was before I started paying this much attention to flavour. This particular one is both old and cheap and came in questionable packing.

Gmathis, it is the pellet-y shape that gave it its name as far as I know.

I’m so glad I’m not the only one. This is something that comes back to bother me again and again, and you’ll likely see me complain about it in frustration again later on. I’m feeling like I’m missing out on something!

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Ricky

It’s smokeeyyyyyy! :)

It’s probably because it’s really really really light. Seeing as you can deal with something like lapsang you probably don’t think this is smokey in comparison.

Dan

The gunpowder I had from Teas, Etc was not smoky. The one I had from Adagio was. I don’t know if its the quality or what. Someone out there has to know, please comment.

Ricky

Well the whole smokiness could also be due to freshness. I have some really ancient gunpowder (meaning it’s been sitting in my cupboard for a while) and that stuff isn’t smokey anymore.

__Morgana__

I don’t get smoky either in my limited gunpowder experience. I get “dusky” or “musky” depending on the tea. More pungent than other greens but not smoky.

gmathis

Never looked this up to confirm it, but I always thought the “gunpowder” was a reference to the appearance of the tea rather than its flavor.

Auggy

I’m with you – I can’t really see smoky from gunpowder. Toasty, maybe, but that’s typically as far as I can go.

Miss Sweet

I’ve never found gunpowder teas to be smoky either – even though some say that’s how they taste right on the packet! Glad I’m not the only one.

Angrboda

Ricky, I think you might be right there. This is only my second Gunpowder ever and the first one was before I started paying this much attention to flavour. This particular one is both old and cheap and came in questionable packing.

Gmathis, it is the pellet-y shape that gave it its name as far as I know.

I’m so glad I’m not the only one. This is something that comes back to bother me again and again, and you’ll likely see me complain about it in frustration again later on. I’m feeling like I’m missing out on something!

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Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too far from Århus. Apart from drinking tea, she enjoys baking, especially biscuits, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She has recently acquired an interest in cross-stitch and started a rather large project. It remains to be seen whether she has actually bitten off more than she can chew…

Ang prefers black teas and the darker sorts of oolongs. She has to be in the mood for green and white, and she enjoys, but knows little to nothing about, pu-erh.

Her preferences with black teas are the Chinese ones, particularly from Fujian, but also Keemun and just about anything smoky. She occasionally enjoys Yunnans but they’re not favourites. She has taken some time to research Ceylon teas, complete with reference map, and has recently developed some interest in teas from Africa.

She is sceptical about Indian blacks as she generally finds them too astringent and too easy to get wrong. She doesn’t really care for Darjeelings at all. Very high-grown teas are often not favoured.

She likes flavoured teas as well, particularly fruit flavoured ones, but also had an obsession with finding the Perfect Vanilla Flavoured Black and can happily report that this reclusive beast has been spotted in a local teashop near where she works. Any and all vanilla flavoured teas are still highly attractive to her, though. Also nuts and caramel or toffee. Not so much chocolate. It’s a texture thing.

However, she thinks Earl Grey is generally kind of boring. Cinnamon and ginger are also not really a hit, and she’s not very fond of chais. Evil hibiscus is evil. Even in small amounts, and yes, Ang can usually detect hibiscus, mostly by way of the metallic flavour of blood it has.

Ang is not super impressed with rooibos or honeybush on their own. She doesn’t care for either, really, but when they are flavoured, they go usually go down a treat.

Ang used to have a Standard Panel of teas that she tried to always have on hand. She put a lot of thought into defining it and decided what should go on it. It was a great idea on paper, but in practise has been discovered to not really work as well.

Ang tries her best to make a post on Steepster several times a week. She tends to write her posts in advance in a word doc (The Queue) and posting from there. This, she feels, helps her to maintain regularity and stops her from making five posts in three days and then going three weeks without posting anything at all.

Angrboda is almost always open to swapping. Just ask her. Due to the nature of the queue, however, and the fact that it’s some 24 pages long at the moment, it may take a good while from she receives your parcel and until she actually posts about it.

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