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drank Black Powder Blend by Luka Te m.m.
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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Angrboda

Note, I don’t actually think the green tea in it is gunpowder because I don’t think it looks like it to me. I think they look a lot more like the chun mee I’ve got. The ONLY reason I called it ‘gunpowder blend’ initially is because it’s a direct translation of the name of the blend in danish. I changed it to black powder as soon as I realised I had the alternative, because the gunpowder blend name was obviously wildly misleading. The description of it from the seller just says ‘a green tea’ and in another place it said that it was a supposedly secret blending recipe.

That said, I’m glad you liked it. Sweeter smokey is definitely a good way to describe it.

Ricky

You’re right. I think we had this exact conversation before. It’s still labeled as gunpowder and I labeled it as gunpowder as well on my own tin. Looking at chun mee and I don’t thin it’s that either. Any other teas that are wrapped up tightly?

Excuse the yellow, lighting issues, well I was just too lazy to fix it >> http://bit.ly/cRfly6

Angrboda

here’s a picture of the chun mee that I’ve got. Not taken by me though. http://www.denlilletebutik.dk/Graphics/Products/281.jpg

Ricky

Haha, that above picture is your tea! I just took a picture of it. The color is a bit off. It’s suppose to be a bit more green, but you can see it’s rolled up where as your link is more curled.

Angrboda

I’ve checked the chun mee tin and I’m not even sure I think that looks like the picture either, so maybe it isn’t actually chun mee (although I read somewehre that supposedly that was a popular one to use in blends, which was part of what mislead me), but the stuff in the black powder definitely doesn’t look like gunpowder either. I’ll admit that it probably isn’t chun mee after all, but I’m not sold on it being gunpowder either. They don’t seem to be rolled up tightly enough and there’s the colour issue with the glisteny sheen too.

Ricky

Yep, I agree. Oh well, it’s some green base that’s all we know =P

Angrboda

I was looking in my assorted literature, but unfortunately didn’t get any wiser as to any other guesses. The closest I could come was one that resembled gunpowder a lot, but was actually a much better general quality tea. I sincerely doubt that’s what they’ve used. I can’t even remember what it was called now, it wasn’t one I knew.

Ricky

Wait, why do you doubt the use of gunpowder. I’m searching around and I actually think it might be. I saw some gunpowder (formosa gunpowder?) that resembles the this. The shiny coat is the only thing missing to make this a gunpowder, but it could mean this is a low quality gunpowder.

Angrboda

Because it looks too different from any gunpowder I’ve ever had. The shop’s site unfortunately doesn’t have a picture of the plain gunpowder so I can’t check if there might be a resemblance there, but it just doesn’t look gunpowdery to me.
It WOULD tie in nicely with the name though. I’ve just always thought that that must have come from the sort of explosiveness of the smokey lapsang.

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Angrboda

Note, I don’t actually think the green tea in it is gunpowder because I don’t think it looks like it to me. I think they look a lot more like the chun mee I’ve got. The ONLY reason I called it ‘gunpowder blend’ initially is because it’s a direct translation of the name of the blend in danish. I changed it to black powder as soon as I realised I had the alternative, because the gunpowder blend name was obviously wildly misleading. The description of it from the seller just says ‘a green tea’ and in another place it said that it was a supposedly secret blending recipe.

That said, I’m glad you liked it. Sweeter smokey is definitely a good way to describe it.

Ricky

You’re right. I think we had this exact conversation before. It’s still labeled as gunpowder and I labeled it as gunpowder as well on my own tin. Looking at chun mee and I don’t thin it’s that either. Any other teas that are wrapped up tightly?

Excuse the yellow, lighting issues, well I was just too lazy to fix it >> http://bit.ly/cRfly6

Angrboda

here’s a picture of the chun mee that I’ve got. Not taken by me though. http://www.denlilletebutik.dk/Graphics/Products/281.jpg

Ricky

Haha, that above picture is your tea! I just took a picture of it. The color is a bit off. It’s suppose to be a bit more green, but you can see it’s rolled up where as your link is more curled.

Angrboda

I’ve checked the chun mee tin and I’m not even sure I think that looks like the picture either, so maybe it isn’t actually chun mee (although I read somewehre that supposedly that was a popular one to use in blends, which was part of what mislead me), but the stuff in the black powder definitely doesn’t look like gunpowder either. I’ll admit that it probably isn’t chun mee after all, but I’m not sold on it being gunpowder either. They don’t seem to be rolled up tightly enough and there’s the colour issue with the glisteny sheen too.

Ricky

Yep, I agree. Oh well, it’s some green base that’s all we know =P

Angrboda

I was looking in my assorted literature, but unfortunately didn’t get any wiser as to any other guesses. The closest I could come was one that resembled gunpowder a lot, but was actually a much better general quality tea. I sincerely doubt that’s what they’ve used. I can’t even remember what it was called now, it wasn’t one I knew.

Ricky

Wait, why do you doubt the use of gunpowder. I’m searching around and I actually think it might be. I saw some gunpowder (formosa gunpowder?) that resembles the this. The shiny coat is the only thing missing to make this a gunpowder, but it could mean this is a low quality gunpowder.

Angrboda

Because it looks too different from any gunpowder I’ve ever had. The shop’s site unfortunately doesn’t have a picture of the plain gunpowder so I can’t check if there might be a resemblance there, but it just doesn’t look gunpowdery to me.
It WOULD tie in nicely with the name though. I’ve just always thought that that must have come from the sort of explosiveness of the smokey lapsang.

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