79

I like gunpowder tea but I’m not sure what the difference is between the different grades and brands, this is a finer tea than the standard gunpowder according to Upton, so here goes nothing.

Steeping method: infuser mug, 1 heaping teaspoon of tea pellets…

Tea liquor is an olive green with a bit of brothy thickness. The steeped leaves smell mostly vegetal, like boiled greens. This is definitely on the full bodied and robust spectrum of greens. It has a smooth mouthfeel, very vegetal with notes of green olive, a slight bit of pungency in the finish. There isn’t a lot of smoke in this gunpowder which is too bad, I like mine to be a bit smoky. Mild astringency. This wasn’t bad but I don’t think I’ll need to buy anymore beyond this sample.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

I think I’m drawn to the name! Not a clue about what it should taste like! You are brave…thinkin that with that name it should cure you!

Scott B

It does do well infused with their Egyptian Spearmint though.

Bonnie

Will she be able to dance like Steve Martin?

Scott B

I just had to see if you had rated any teas a 79 since 79’s got left off your rating system :)

TeaBrat

@ScottB – oh you’re right, I had to go in and fix that!

Scott B

I’m sure the 79’s are happy to be out of ratings limbo :)

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Bonnie

I think I’m drawn to the name! Not a clue about what it should taste like! You are brave…thinkin that with that name it should cure you!

Scott B

It does do well infused with their Egyptian Spearmint though.

Bonnie

Will she be able to dance like Steve Martin?

Scott B

I just had to see if you had rated any teas a 79 since 79’s got left off your rating system :)

TeaBrat

@ScottB – oh you’re right, I had to go in and fix that!

Scott B

I’m sure the 79’s are happy to be out of ratings limbo :)

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

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San Frandisco

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