Our Organic Premium Gunpowder is the quintessential example of classic Chinese green tea: Intense, bold, and in-your-face.
Known as 'gunpowder' in the West because the rolled tea leaves resemble powder pellets, it is called 珠茶 (Zhu Cha, literally translated as 'pearl tea') in China.
History & Origin
Production of gunpowder green tea reportedly started in the Tang Dynasty. The handcrafting method differs from other Chinese pan-fired green teas as 'gunpowder' is slightly withered, steamed, rolled, and dried.
The steaming step is unconventional for pan-fired green teas (typically you'll see only one of either steaming or pan-firing), but this additional step creates a bolder, in-your-face green tea that is ideal to wake up with.
This batch of tea was farmed organically in the hills of Central Hunan Province.
- Tea: 3g / 1 tbsp
- Water: 240ml / 1 cup
Temperature: 80°C / 176°F
- Steep: 220 seconds