Gunpowder Tea is a Chinese green tea, well known throughout China and enjoyed all over the world particularly as part of a tea tradition in the Maghreb region. Each leaf has been picked by hand, withered, steamed, rolled, and shaped like old-world pellets of gunpowder.
The rolling of tea finds its origin in the Tang Dynasty. The soft leaves are rolled and then dried to preserve the flavor. The small bead you get after rolling is known as “the pearl”. The rolling allows the leaf to stay fresher and keeps the aroma for a longer time so leaves are less likely to get broken.
This tea made its way to Britain. As the rolling retained the flavor and aromas it was easy to ship. The name for the tea likely came from the British, due to the similarity with tiny gunpowder pellets of British cannons.
Our Gunpowder Green tea is bright, grassy, and astringent with notes of toasted grain, dry hay and cut grass. This everyday goodness is delicious on its own or enjoyed like the traditional Moroccan tea with fresh mint and honey or sugar.
Add 0.5 TBSP of Tea to 12oz boiling water and steep for 3 minutes. Decant fully and enjoy!
A Moroccan tradition
Gunpowder is part of a tea ritual in the Maghreb region. The North African mint tea is a mixture of mint leaves, gunpowder tea and sugar and part of any social gathering.
How to brew it Moroccan style
Add 1 level TBSP tea, 1 TBSP raw sugar, and 6 mint leaves to brewing vessel. Add 12 oz. boiling water. Steep 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Decant and enjoy!