If you like a robust green tea, this premium organic gunpowder variety is the one for you. It has a grassy and slightly smoky aroma, and powerful astringency which stays on the palate long after tones of almond, bamboo, grapefruit, and anise at the front.
A classic “gunpowder” tea – named thus by the English because it was thought that the tiny tightly rolled pellets resembled old-fashioned gunpowder – these leaves are attractive, olive-colored and slightly shiny. “Pinhead” is an exaggeration, the average pellet is more like an apple seed, but that very small size is an indicator of the exceptional quality of this tea.
Steep this tea in glass – it is mesmerizing to watch the leaves uncurl and float, then gradually sink again, dancing as the liquor rapidly turns a warm bronze color.
We recommend that you steep this tea for only 2 minutes, or the astringency begins to get a little overpowering. Or try this very special tea in the traditional Chinese way – a series of small cups steeped first for 30 seconds, then an additional 30 seconds for each subsequent re-steeping. Enjoy 5 or more small cups, note the change in aroma and flavor profile as the tiny leaves unfurl and infuse little by little.
Steeping Time – 2 Minutes
Water Temp – 180 F
Small pellets of green tea.
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