Special Grade Temple of Heaven Gunpowder Green (ZG30)

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Green Tea
Gunpowder Green Tea
Astringent, Grass, Smoke
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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec 20 oz / 589 ml

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  • “I like gunpowder tea but I’m not sure what the difference is between the different grades and brands, this is a finer tea than the standard gunpowder according to Upton, so here goes...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I like this one, but I’m typically a black tea lover and I think I like this tea because it’s strong and doesn’t taste like anything I’d put into a soup. This...” Read full tasting note
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From Upton Tea Imports

Finest pinhead gunpowder tea with a naturally sweet flavor. A finer grade than ordinary Temple of Heaven.

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27 tasting notes

I tried to like this. Short brew. Long brew. Rinse first. Different temperatures. I simply can’t get the smoky bonfire taste to be enjoyable. This may be a fine example of a gunpowder, but I can’t finish a cup due to the bitter smokiness, just not my cuppa tea. Willing to swap!

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I liked this tea. It was quite robust and rich in color for a green. There was a slight but pleasant astringency. In terms of flavor I would describe this tea as grassy with a bit of smoke.

Flavors: Astringent, Grass, Smoke

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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a really good gunpowder green tea! the smokey taste is good too

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Short Note: I’ve been drinking teas for a couple years now, but I am just getting into the process of learning and appreciating the subtle tastes and nuances in tea.

Having said this, I do enjoy this robust green tea.

Preparation: As per the suggested instructions from upton, I used water @180F and (using an old teavana 32oz infuser) measured out 4 level teaspoons [2.25gram/cup; 1 level teaspoon, a unit of volume, ~= 2.3 grams, a unit of mass, for this tea; 1 cup = 8oz, therefore, I used 4 level teaspoons for my 32oz pot].

The tea pours a brazen amber-yellow color, and creates an earthy aroma with hints of a floral or vegetal undertone. Taking a quick sip, the tea attacks the front of the tongue but if you were to let it sit for 10 seconds on your tongue you will find that the tea morphs into a blank, viscous substance in your mouth akin to warm salt water. Upon swallowing, the tea regains its full flavor and the tastes impact the back of the tongue, providing a long smoky finish.

Therefore, this tea is a comfortable drinking tea but it may sour the palate after a longer session. The special grade gunpowder is best appreciated in smaller and longer sips, letting the tea rest on the tongue so that you may experience the fullness that this tea has to offer.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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I really enjoy this tea, lots of flavor. I rarely bother to brew another green tea when I have some of this available.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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