Gunpowder Green Tea

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Green Tea
Flavors
Char, Grass, Hay, Lemon, Mineral, Roasted, Vegetables, Barnyard
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Loose Leaf, Tea Bag
Caffeine
Not available
Certification
Vegan
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Average preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 9 g 16 oz / 481 ml

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From Twinings of London

A rich blend of Green Gunpowder teas from the Orient with a clear fragrance liquor.

As customers increasingly look to lead healthier lifestyles, awareness and consumption of Green Tea is growing. This is mainly due to the fact that Green Tea is a natural source of antioxidants. In addition to tea bags, you can also enjoy your green tea in loose form.

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13 Tasting Notes

61
2 tasting notes

For the price, it gets the job done when I don’t want a “flavored” green tea. Very mellow flavor.

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41
2 tasting notes

This tea is decent. It’s not glorious, but when I want to be lazy or brew Western Style, this is what I go to. The leaves are not of the best quality, but that’s kind of what you paid for with this tea. I only brew this in Western Style, the leaves would simply fall out of my Gaiwan since they have been chopped up a bit.

Overall, a decent tea, but not what I have everyday.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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66
22 tasting notes

Not an exceptionally delicious tea, but the price is right and the taste is decent. It also serves me well when I want to experiment with flavorings, and I find that some cloves, cardamom, and orange zest spruce it up nicely.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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65
16 tasting notes

Honestly, being a lover of lightish teas, I enjoy this tea. It’s really light! I don’t really drink any green teas, but I could totally get into this!

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C

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263 tasting notes

Quick Review

I was trying to brew this gongfu style, but i feel that I messed it up. It could be that the water was too hot (170 F) or that it’d be much better off Western styled. I’ll have to play around with this while I still have some. Perhaps I’ll brew it Western style at work and add a second review…

Notes: Bitter & astringent

Rating for the session: 60/100

eastkyteaguy

I’m never really sure how to approach gunpowder teas myself. I’ve tried to gongfu them before, but the results haven’t been great.

S.G. Sanders

eastkyteaguy I’ll definitely try it Western. It should be better that way, I think!

Kirkoneill1988

it tastes the same to me western style and gongfucha

MrQuackers

I drink this tea western style. You can use 3 steepings of 2 minutes each.

eastkyteaguy

I think I had this one in the 60-61 range myself. In truth, it’s not an exceptional tea, but it is kind of a touchstone for a lot of people when it comes to the more basic, familiar Chinese green teas. Normally, I do a 2 minute infusion followed by a 3 minute infusion.

S.G. Sanders

Thanks for the advice, MrQuackers and eastkyteaguy!

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61
337 tasting notes

This is one tea that I have been meaning to review for some time. I ended up with a ton of it several months ago and have been working on polishing it off ever since. In a way it is kind of a difficult tea to evaluate fairly. Compared to most gunpowder green teas it is very simple and light in terms of aroma and flavor, yet it is also attractively full-bodied with a comparatively thick texture in the mouth. It isn’t the highest quality leaf in the world, yet one must also understand that the quantity and quality relative to price are both more than fair. Overall, you sort of get what you pay for with this tea, but for what you’re paying you could do worse.

I prepared this tea using the two step Western infusion process I tend to favor for many Chinese green teas. I started off by steeping one teaspoon of loose tea leaves in 8 ounces of 175 F water for 2 minutes. I then followed this infusion with a 3 minute infusion at the same temperature.

Prior to infusion, the dry tea leaves emitted light scents of char, hay, and grass. After infusion, the aromas of char, hay, and grass remained and were joined by aromas of roasted vegetables and lemon. In the mouth, I detected mostly muted notes of lemon, roasted Brussels sprouts, hay, grass, and char. The second infusion was somewhat milder than the first. The lemon and char aromas and flavors were slightly more pronounced and there was a very subtle mineral presence on the finish.

I’m not certain that I can justify a high score for this tea, but I will say that I think this is a good tea for when one is looking for something simple and straight-forward. Since it lacks complex aroma and flavor profiles that change significantly over the course of multiple infusions, I would also expect it to pair well with a range of dishes. It has its uses and it is somewhat appealing in certain ways, but it is also not the sort of tea about which I can get excited. Still, I would encourage anyone interested to try it if and when you are looking for something affordable, basic, and filling.

Flavors: Char, Grass, Hay, Lemon, Mineral, Roasted, Vegetables

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
8 tasting notes

This tea gives off a wonderful scent of the farm. Tan in color. The tea dries out my mouth just a little after sipping, but despite that it’s a comforting flavor.

I wonder if I should steep it in slightly cooler water (I let the kettle sit a minute after boil with about 24 oz in the kettle). Also I let it sit for 4 minutes after steeping to cool down a bit.

Flavors: Barnyard

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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29
304 tasting notes

No time for specific taste details right now, another brewing later.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 15 g 41 OZ / 1200 ML

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61
22 tasting notes

Had to give it to try when I saw it in the supermarket. If not for the tea, then for the nice metal box. :-) Tasting notes follow:
The scent of it is like real gunpowder. I don’t really find it great, to be honest.
Taste: Well, strange, but it’s not that bad. You can feel that its a green tea, and it’s quite a mild one, but it has some strange (bad?) aftertaste. Aside from that, it’s good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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11 tasting notes

Too weak for my tastes – better after along infusion.
Good served cold or iced.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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