My samples from Amanda came today, thanks so much to her. This is one of the ones that she gave me because she didn’t like it, and I have to say I’m glad about that because I think it’s great (though I can understand why some people might not like it). It’s definitely smokey and full bodied, with hints of chocolate and a little sweetness to round out the smokiness. I love it, thanks Amanda.
Black gunpowder is also called “Black Pearls”. In Chinese gunpowder tea is written as 珠茶 and pronounced “zhū chá”. Gunpowder also comes in a green tea variety. The black gunpowder leaf is carefully processed into small black pellets by hand and according to tradition by experienced tea experts. The leaves are withered, steamed, rolled, and then dried. The name “gunpowder” comes from the resemblance to the black powder used in guns. Production of gunpowder tea goes as far back as the Tang Dynasty, 618-907 A.D. This leaf presents a pleasantly aromatic, mild and full-bodied taste with a very slight smoky note.
Leaf: Pearl-like, shiny black
Aroma and Taste: Aromatic, mild, round, slightly smoky notes
Color: Medium to dark green