Temple of Heaven Gunpowder
Gunpowder tea, traditionally made using green tea, is named for the fact that its visual appearance resembles that of gunpowder. The tea leaves are specially selected for quality, size, and style so that they can be rolled into very small, tight pellets. Temple of Heaven Gunpowder (also called Pinhead) comes from the Zhejiang province of China and is the highest grade gunpowder available. The leaves for this tea are only plucked during April and May when the quality of the green leaf is at its highest. The leaves are then steamed and tightly rolled in a time-honored process. Gunpowder tea keeps for much longer than other green teas and is favored because of this characteristic.