The tea is hand-rolled into tightly curled balls and is often called pearl tea in China. It has a fresh, earthy and slightly vegetal taste, and makes an excellent everyday tea.
TASTE & APPEARANCE
Earthy & Vegetal
TIME OF DAY & CAFFEINE LEVEL
3-4g in a teapot, use boiled water cooled to 80°C. Infuse for 1-2 minutes
From the Hanzhou region of the beautiful, hilly province of Zhejiang on the East coast of China. This tightly rolled tea (Zhu Cha in Chinese) called Gunpowder in English for its resemblance to gunpowder pellets.
It offers a full-bodied cup with a deep earthy flavour and a hint of smokiness and has a smooth feel in the mouth.
Gunpowder green tea is widely consumed throughout the Middle East, often blended with fresh mint and sugar.
The leaves are picked from larger leaves later in Spring and the tight roll of the leaves makes the leaves themselves more robust and helps the tea to retain flavor and aroma for much longer than for many other green teas. Its robustness combined with its compact size, it is one of the reasons for its huge popularity all over the world.