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drank Unknown Pu-erh Cake by Unknown
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75
drank Gunpowder by Unknown
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I bought this from a coffee shop in Logan, UT. Pretty darn tasty, actually!

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75

Lovely iced with or without honey.

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75

Fukuyu is a great garden for a sencha, more flavored than a chinese sencha.

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75
drank Sencha by Unknown
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75
drank Chrysanthemum Tea by Unknown
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Taste Better and Better each time.

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75
drank Chrysanthemum Tea by Unknown
3 tasting notes

Love it with some Rock Sugar

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drank Black Currant by Unknown
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i didn’t dare reach the three minute rules with this black tea. one minute was pushing the bitterness threshold.

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75
drank Chrysanthemum Tea by Unknown
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drank Sencha by Unknown
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86

I need to try making some iced tea from this.

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It’s a beautiful Friday afternoon (at least in Michigan). As you can see, we just rolled out some updates to the site :)

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86

My parents received this as a gift and passed it along to me. It smells amazing, though I’m still experimenting with the steep times.

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It’s spring on the calendar, but not outside in Chicago. A chilly, rainy Memorial Day here — so I reached for the canister I’d purchased recently from Dream About Tea (http://www.dreamabouttea.com/) full of fragrant, toasty spring-flush Dragonwell. If I can’t feel spring, I might as well taste it.

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75
drank Turkish Tea by Unknown
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Had this at my local turkish cafe in Leicester (Zesty Meze) great food and drink! Sorry brand unknown, but made and served in the traditional way.

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65
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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65
drank Gunpowder by Unknown
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ACK! Argh! Ack! Erk! Argh!

Gunpowder + spearmint gum = spitty!

I made use of the random tea picker today and it suggested this generic gunpowder. Okay, that’s a fair suggestion, I thought, given my foray into japanese greens. Let’s see if I can spot a significant difference.

First of all the colour is way more yellow and non-radioactive. A deep, warm colour and not in the least bit toxic looking.

Smell has a prickly note. I’ve seen people who find this type of green a bit on the smoky side and I’ve never been able the get that. Maybe it’s that prickly note they experience as smoky. I find it more sort of… I want to say citrus-y but that’s not quite it. It’s not fruity as such. Maybe there’s a vague hint of smoke, but it’s not smoky.

Tastewise, it’s definitely different even if my tongue is still semi-paralysed by the unfortunate gum incident. It’s not at all the green vegetables in this one. This is more abstract in flavour. It doesn’t really taste that much of anything other than green tea. It’s sweeter than the japanese and it’s not as much an explosion of flavour. It’s rounded and just calmly fills the mouth.

This probably makes no sense to anybody other than me…

Maybe if it hadn’t been for the chewing gum, I could have been more specific. This, however, was not to be.

Auggy

I’m with you on the difficulty in finding the smoky in Gunpowder. It strikes me as a bit more roasty than smoky. But maybe it’s because it is so different than the smoky of Lapsang or even Keemun. Though I did get wet cigarette ash from GM’s Gunpowder so that probably counts.

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drank Gunpowder by Unknown
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I’m in a green mood, so I grabbed this tin and made me a pot. Now that I’ve taken the first couple of sips, I suddenly remember that I also own a rather nice Chun Mee, and I’d actually rather have had a pot of that.

sigh

It’s probably just as well, because I have discovered that I didn’t rinse the pot out properly before brewing. My gunpowder has gained a weak note of liquorice root from yesterday’s Black Satin.

Interesting, actually. It adds an element of surprise to it. ‘Ahhh green tea… wait, what’s that?’ If I had any liquorice root, it might be fun to experiment with.

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drank Gunpowder by Unknown
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Hey Steepster Peeps and those who decided to follow Lexitus in particular? Did you know that apparently we are the Steepster Mafia? ;p It made me LOL. Does that make me Godfa- er… Godmother?

4th steep actually, with a crutch (as in a pinch of fresh leaves). I didn’t actually need any tea tonight after the pot of sodding Earl Grey earlier, but then Denisend made a forum thread about honey in tea and… I got inspired.

And for some weird reason this Gunpowder was my first thought. Sweetening a green tea, and a naturally sweet one at that. I’m nuts, obviously. This will either be spectacularly spectacular or spectacularly dreadful.

Yup. It’s actually spectacularly indifferent.

Gunpowder tends to have a sweet note naturally and the honey just added a little bit to it. Granted I didn’t add very much, but it still didn’t really swing it either way.

denisend

Oh, I’d better not tell my husband that I inspired a sweetened green tea. He’d totally cringe (he’s a green tea purist).

Angrboda

I am too, to a point. I don’t mind flavoured, but I don’t think I’ve ever added anything to it before. I kind of cringed myself too.

Carolyn

The angry Danish Steepster Mafia? You could inspire a book on your own.

My beloved doesn’t drink any hot beverages (or cold beverages other than water and orange juice). It seems like it would be nice to share tea drinking. Or perhaps not. Perhaps it would simply increase the chance of getting to one’s favorite tea and finding it gone.

denisend

@Angrboda – I don’t think I’ve ever seen my husband drink a flavored green, either, now that I think of it. I love flavors, but he just gives me weird looks.

@Carolyn – It’s nice to share tea drinking in that we both like to go to tea houses and such, but he does make fun of me for using sweeteners and such. We have totally different tastes (except southern sweet tea, since we’re both originally from the south). There’s a bunch of stuff I should probably remove from my ‘cupboard’. It’s his and I’ll probably never drink it.

Angrboda

You should make him get an account. :D
I tempted Lexitus into is and he owns a grand total of four different teas. :p

52teas

Wasn’t sure where else to post this (Need to go add to suggestions board—Ability to send private messages to other users), but I wanted to let you know that your tea was dropped at the post office tonight.

The paperwork was a major hassle until I found out I was trying to fill out the wrong form (live and learn). It should be pretty simple from here on out.

Be interested to see how long it takes to get to Denmark and if they charge you any sort of tariff. (I was required to provide the receipt in duplicate along with details on what you purchased.)

Anyway, I’m sure you will find our teas well worth it.

Angrboda

52teas, I assure you, you can read about it here when it arrives. I’m very excited. I’ll try not to break Steepster’s CSS again though. ;p I’ll drop you a note via your site too, when it gets here.
Experience tells me that it will probably take about 7-10 days, maybe a little more. I don’t know if the customs people have any specific sort of way to check or if they just check a randomised representation of arriving packages, but I think it might have something to do with size and weight. We’ll see. :D

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