Gunpowder Green Tea

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Smoke, Smooth, Astringent, Grass, Vegetal, Wet Earth, Butter, Honey
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Edit tea info Last updated by Shelley_Lorraine
Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 g 54 oz / 1597 ml

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  • “gunpowder greens always look so awesome and i doubt i will be able to refrain from saying that everytime i have one. little shiny alien pellets. i’ve been rather bored with green teas lately. but...” Read full tasting note
  • “I always have trouble getting the ratio of tea leaves to water right with this one. I seem to add too much tea to the water. It’s easy to do with the tightly rolled pellets. I need half or less of...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Today is my birthday and because its my birthday I plan to brew a bunch of teas to celebrate. I am a big fan of Gunpowder Green Tea and that goes for this one as well. You can always count on a...” Read full tasting note
    90
  • “Ive had a rough time with this tea. This is a tricky one to brew, as you have to keep the steep times short to not let it get bitter. The first time I tried this tea, I got a very bitter brew,...” Read full tasting note
    65

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The leaves of this green tea are rolled into the shape of little pinhead pellets resembling gunpowder, hence its name. Gunpowder green tea tastes bold & lightly smoky, also lending to it’s name. Gunpowder tea leaves stay fresh longer than any other green tea leaves due to its compressed form. Gunpowder green is higher in caffeine than most other green teas (35-40 mg/8 oz serving) and is commonly used by athletes to improve endurance over periods of 3-6 hours.

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gunpowder greens always look so awesome and i doubt i will be able to refrain from saying that everytime i have one. little shiny alien pellets.
i’ve been rather bored with green teas lately. but i keep tasting and trying. and this one is standing out for me! i suspect the slight smokey quality of gunpowders is what makes me like them so much more than the other main green types. thank you Shelley_Lorraine for the nice sample!

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I always have trouble getting the ratio of tea leaves to water right with this one. I seem to add too much tea to the water. It’s easy to do with the tightly rolled pellets. I need half or less of what I add for other greens. While I say that, I am a big fan of this when I brew it strong. It is a great tea for multiple steeps and tastes like what I view as a quintessential green tea, only maybe a little more of a roasted flavor. A faint sweetness, only a slight “vegetal” edge, the liquid is an amber color, darker than many greens I drink. This will stay one of my go-to green teas for its drinkability and price.

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Today is my birthday and because its my birthday I plan to brew a bunch of teas to celebrate. I am a big fan of Gunpowder Green Tea and that goes for this one as well. You can always count on a gunpowder to brew to perfection, the golden yellow is beautiful to look at and the flavor is clean green tea with a hint of a smokiness.

Flavors: Smoke, Smooth

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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Ive had a rough time with this tea. This is a tricky one to brew, as you have to keep the steep times short to not let it get bitter. The first time I tried this tea, I got a very bitter brew, where the bitter and astringent flavors overpowered everything else. Then on advice from the seller I reduced both the brew time and leaf.

Much better results on the second brewing, instead of the primary flavor being bitter and astringent, I got smoke.. which is I believe the proper primary flavor for gunpowder green. There is of course a strong vegetal and grassy notes which is pretty common in green teas. There was a strong astringent quality to it as well, but more like what Ive seen in many other greens, and alot more pleasant.

The color was a deep golden and I was very impressed who rich and thick it looked for such a short brew with less leaf than the first one.

Being rather new to tea, im rather surprised how 15 seconds and a gram and half of tea can change the results so dramatically. Well I have enough left in the sample for 1 more tasting. I will update with the results in a few days, I want to give my pallet a bit of time to clear before another tasting.

One more thing, this thing has got a caffeine kick that will make coffee run home in shame.

Flavors: Astringent, Grass, Smoke, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 100 OZ / 2957 ML

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I normally do not enjoy the taste of green tea, but this tea was very enjoyable. It is very strong green tea. It has a very smoky flavor and good aroma.

Flavors: Smoke, Wet Earth

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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