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drank Gunpowder by The Tea Haus
2609 tasting notes

Misplaced note from a few days ago, nothing new.

Sample #3 from Indigobloom! Look at me go! If this tea was already on Steepster, I couldn’t find it, so let me know and I’ll move it. (Speaking of that, I definitely didn’t move that Yorkshire Black from Azzrian yet… whoops.)

Ok, definitely a bit of a smoky, toasty note to the aroma of this one.

Hmm, interesting. The flavour is a sweet, roasted sort of flavour. It kind of reminds me of genmaicha, with a couple lapsang souchong leaves mixed in. The sip ends with a nice, round, sweet flavour, almost caramelly, but perhaps not quite. There’s some astringency, which maybe could be reduced by a shorter infusion time, so maybe something to try in the future.

I think I definitely prefer the more vegetal, greener green teas. Although this one’s okay, I think I’d turn to a genmaicha for a similar flavour palette. I feel like the smokiness could work well in blends though – does nobody make gunpowder blends??

ETA: Second infusion for about 2 min at 175F wasn’t great. I think I’m just not terribly fond of this sort of green tea.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

You can definitely blend it, gunpowder is traditionally used to make Moroccan mint tea. Harney also makes a great lemony gunpowder, but I think it’s mostly lemon flavoring.

Dylan Oxford

Mmmm… moroccan mint… sooooo good.

Indigobloom

Wow I’m getting deja vu here. I could have sworn I saw this review last week…

Kittenna

You did! I guess I wasn’t clear enough in saying that it was a misplaced note that I moved to the right tea :D :D I only just got around to reading people’s comments thoroughly now, and saw that you gave me the link to the proper listing for this tea.

Indigobloom

oh!! lol that makes more sense. I’m sleepy, headed to bed in a few. I guess my mind is already there :P

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TeaBrat

You can definitely blend it, gunpowder is traditionally used to make Moroccan mint tea. Harney also makes a great lemony gunpowder, but I think it’s mostly lemon flavoring.

Dylan Oxford

Mmmm… moroccan mint… sooooo good.

Indigobloom

Wow I’m getting deja vu here. I could have sworn I saw this review last week…

Kittenna

You did! I guess I wasn’t clear enough in saying that it was a misplaced note that I moved to the right tea :D :D I only just got around to reading people’s comments thoroughly now, and saw that you gave me the link to the proper listing for this tea.

Indigobloom

oh!! lol that makes more sense. I’m sleepy, headed to bed in a few. I guess my mind is already there :P

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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