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So this is my first gunpowder tea experience, I have to say, I’m not all that impressed. Right from the get-go, the smell of the leaves, I smelled a strong almost burnt green smell, it reminded me of bitter and earthy green tea, uh-oh.

I brewed the sample hot, 2.5 minutes, no additives. The smell of the tea is very green: vegetal, earthy, rough, a heavy smell that tells you the mouth feel will not be smooth or short. I usually like green tea, furthermore, I usually like overinfused and bitter green, but this is a different beast altogether. The taste of this tea starts as green, very bitter green, but there is an unpleasant smoky-ness to it, not like Lapsang Souchong, like unintentionally burned tea, followed by more bitter and finished with a strangely misplaced hit of sweetness. Surprisingly, there is no aftertaste.

So, bitter, burnt, bitter, sweet, nothing.

There are probably ways to fix this, adding sugar or messing with infusion times. Since my sample is out, I will have to try something else.

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JacquelineM

Oh dear – I may skip this one!!!

Cinoi

Oh, I don’t want to put you off to it, prove me wrong! I wish I knew how to make it better and try it…

Ricky

That sounds about right, about gunpowder I mean.

Cinoi

oh, ok :/

Ricky

But! You should definitely try other ones. I mean I thought Dragonwell was salty… but then there was a sweet one. I think I remember this one being lighter, but gunpowder is supposedly “smokey.”

Cinoi

I just was not expecting the smoke, maybe if I had a better range of comparison, any recommendations?

Ricky

Adagio’s Gunpowder is pretty decent and flavorful. Other than that I haven’t really had any other gunpowder aside from various Asian brands.

Cinoi

Thanks Ricky! I’ll give that one a shot on my next Adagio order

JacquelineM

It’s the “ashtray” smokey that turns me off (as opposed to the smoky of Jackee Muntz which is more peaty/woodfire). I will give it a try for “science” :)

Cinoi

Haha, I hear you, I too enjoy the woodsy campfirey smoky tea, not the burnt smoky

Auggy

I second Ricky’s Adagio Gunpowder suggestion. This one tasted a bit like wet cigarette to me but Adagio’s version has a nice vegetal sweetness along with a slight almost toasted taste that’s really nice.

mattscinto

Adagio for life

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JacquelineM

Oh dear – I may skip this one!!!

Cinoi

Oh, I don’t want to put you off to it, prove me wrong! I wish I knew how to make it better and try it…

Ricky

That sounds about right, about gunpowder I mean.

Cinoi

oh, ok :/

Ricky

But! You should definitely try other ones. I mean I thought Dragonwell was salty… but then there was a sweet one. I think I remember this one being lighter, but gunpowder is supposedly “smokey.”

Cinoi

I just was not expecting the smoke, maybe if I had a better range of comparison, any recommendations?

Ricky

Adagio’s Gunpowder is pretty decent and flavorful. Other than that I haven’t really had any other gunpowder aside from various Asian brands.

Cinoi

Thanks Ricky! I’ll give that one a shot on my next Adagio order

JacquelineM

It’s the “ashtray” smokey that turns me off (as opposed to the smoky of Jackee Muntz which is more peaty/woodfire). I will give it a try for “science” :)

Cinoi

Haha, I hear you, I too enjoy the woodsy campfirey smoky tea, not the burnt smoky

Auggy

I second Ricky’s Adagio Gunpowder suggestion. This one tasted a bit like wet cigarette to me but Adagio’s version has a nice vegetal sweetness along with a slight almost toasted taste that’s really nice.

mattscinto

Adagio for life

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I am a sarcastic perfectionist, a computer nerd, a game geek, an avid reader, a gadget guru, a wine (and tea) enthusiast, and (in my spare time) a chemist.

As I mentioned, I am a chemist, research and development to be exact, so when evaluating tea, it is much like evaluating my products: I will find the flaws and do my very best to fix them because it is what I love to do. Along those lines, nothing is perfect, but can have perfect qualities, I will highlight those also.

I made a preliminary guide to my rating scale:
0-19 – Did not like anything about the tea, feel it cannot be saved without being reformulated.
20-40 – Did not like the tea, it can be saved with extreme amounts of tweaking (i.e., sugar, milk, honey and or blending with another tea)
41-60 – Neutral about the tea, it can be helped or hurt by additives or blends, varied temperatures and steep times
61-70 – Decent tea, needs a little bit of help to get it in the place I like it, but definitely not out of reach
71-80 – Quality tea, liked it, will try again
81-90 – Really enjoyed the tea, high quality, will continue to drink the tea, not looking for something better
91-100 – Loved the tea, will continue to brew and drink and spread the word about the tea to everyone

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