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In Chinese, gunpowder tea is called zhū chá (珠茶). The tea is so named because its rolled, pellet-like appearance is similar to gunpowder. It is also known as “green pearl” tea in other areas, which should not be confused with Jasmine Pearl tea or Dragon Pearl tea.
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Gunpowder green tea is traditionally created by plucking high grade tea leaves from the tea trees, then processed by withering and steaming the leaves before hand-rolling them into small pellet shapes, then drying. The whole leaf is used in processing, so this tea when brewed allows the pellets to unfurl and dance in the hot water to produce a beautiful clear pale yellow liquor with a lovely green tea aroma with nuances of smoke and flowers.
Rolling the tea into balls helps to preserve the freshness of the leaves. Small, tightly rolled pellets are the mark of a higher quality Gunpowder green tea, while larger loosely rolled pellets are of lower quality. Our Gunpowder green tea here at Teavivre is of the highest quality made from premium grown tea leaves and processed with care.
Like all green teas, Gunpowder green tea holds many various health benefits, making it one of the healthiest beverages in the world! One cup of Teavivre's Gunpowder green tea contains up to 200mg of catechins, which are anti-oxidants giving the green tea the ability to help the body protect itself from free radicals and other toxins.
Several scientific studies have shown that the catechins in teas can act as so-called “hypolipidemics” which are said to lower the amount of “bad” cholesterol in the body (called LDL) and increases the amount of “good” (HDL) cholesterol in the body. “Drinking green tea everyday makes you thin” is a quote from an ancient Chinese medical text called Bencao Shiyi, and many modern day studies have backed up this claim.
For more information on the health benefits of Green teas, take a look at our article on Grenn Tea Health benefit.
Use 1-2 teaspoons of Teavivre Gunpowder Green Tea per 8 ounces of hot water. Because all green teas have little to no oxidization, and are very delicate, the tea should only be brewed in clean mineral-free spring water or purified water which should be heated to a point under the boiling point. Ideally the brewing temperature of your water should be around tea should be 203 ºF (95 ºC). Using too hot of water will scorch the leaves and create a bitter, undrinkable brew. The tea leaves should be steeped for approximately 1-2 minutes for the first and second brewing. Gunpowder green tea leaves can be re-brewed many times, and the resulting liquid will contain different characteristics and nuances with each subsequent brewing. After the first 2 brewing, extend your brewing time by about a minute for each time you brew the leaves. As the Gunpowder tea expands in the water, you can watch the beautiful full and stretched tea leaves unfurl fully and expand in the water as your tea brews, making the brewing of Gunpowder green tea an aesthetic beauty as well.
Teavivre's Gunpowder green tea is from Fuding, Fujian. This area has a perfect environment to grow premium teas, because it has an abundant rainfall, with many cool misty days in spring, and temperatures that are neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter. The mountains around the tea plantations are more than 80% forested, ensuring the soil has a high natural fertility and plenty of natural organic content so that there is no need for artificial fertilizers.
Mr. Lin Xingbiao has been a professional tea farmer for thirty years. Born in a traditional tea family, he was deeply influenced by his family and built his own tea factory in 1966. With the gradual growth of his factory, he is trying to seek the common development between enterprise and tea farmers.
He thinks that the most challengeable factor is the weather. If tea leaves suffered from bad weather, the yield would be reduced and the quality would not reach the standard. If tea leaves suffered from cold weather, straws would be used to cover them and protect them from being frosted. This is what Mr. Lin gets from his experience over the years.
Therefore, the first priority is to strictly control product quality and ensure its reputation. Mr. Lin, together with his tea factory, will continue to provide high-quality tea leaves and regularly increase the number of tea factory. He tries to provide the healthy and natural tea beverage for the public.
Gunpowder green tea has been popular in China since the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). It is one of China’s earliest export goods. In the Western world, green tea is just now taking on the popularity that it has in Asian countries, with more people in North America learning about varieties and the manufacturing process of green teas.
Gunpowder green tea originated in Pingshui Town, Shaoxing City, in the Zhejiang Province of China. However, over the years the production of Gunpowder green tea has expanded to the Fujian Province, the Guangdong Province, the Anhui Province and the Hunan Province of China, where very high quality Gunpowder green tea can be grown and produced.
At the time of Emperor Kang Xi (1661-1722 AD) of the Qing Dynasty, it became an Imperial Tribute tea. According to historical records, the export of Gunpowder tea reached a peak between 1843 and 1894, but is regaining popularity in modern times with the introduction of the digital age and the occurrence of the internet.
At Teavivre, we hold our standards of production to those which have been used for thousands of years to bring you the best Gunpowder green tea available!
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Lovely tight, shiny pellets in this one, and a surprising flavor - where I was expecting the lightly smoky honey flavor I usually get from gunpowder green, this tasted so minty (somewhere between spearmint and peppermint, maybe leaning toward the former) I could have easily believed it was a "Moroccan Mint" blend! Quite nice tea.
Gunpowder tea give a tasty infusion, although I actually prefer the red tea, I am satisfied with the purchase.
Напиток получается золотистого цвета, немного сладковатый, приятный вкус с легкой горчинкой
This is a very vegetal tea, but at the same time, not overwhelmingly so. In a way, it is your stereotypical green tea, that tastes like vegetables and has a slight bitterness to it. If you like green tea, however, it is an excellent everyday tea due to it's very affordable price. First, the aroma is very smooth. It has a slight vegetal aroma but is more dominated by a smokiness and burnt smell. As I said, however, these are not dominating, and are all incorporated into a wonderfully pleasant smooth aroma. The taste does not start off smooth. Instead, the tea has a very full body and is almost an explosion in your mouth. You are hit with the taste of raw vegetables and bitter greens such as spinach and kale. During this, there is also the aroma and taste of smokiness in the background. The initial explosion eventually mellows out into a smooth finish focused primarily on raw vegetables with a hint of smoky burntness. Also, the tea is quite excellent when used to make Moroccan Mint tea, which is simply gunpowder green tea, spearmint (called nana mint in Morocco), and sugar steeped together. Another one of my favorite drinks. Overall, a great full-bodied green tea that is quite affordable and excellent for everyday consumption.
This is a very nice Gunpowder. Sweet and not too smoky, with a subtle floral taste. Great value.
Когда пью этот чай чувствую себя настоящей принцессой! Вкус просто божественый, ка его так делают???!!! =)
Cheaper gunpowder teas usually suffer from being overwhelmingly smoky. Not this one though. This is a high-quality, smooth gunpowder with only distant hints of smokiness.
Mmmmmm :) such a tasty tea. Offered multiple infusions and they were all delicious.
I received this tea as a free sample with one of my orders. The dry pellets are darker than I would expect from a green tea. The infused liquor too is a dark gold color that could easily pass for a medium-oxidized oolong. I originally steeped the tea for 1 minute, which was not nearly long enough. I'll spare writing out the bad results, but suffice it to say I had to try again for 5 minutes. At 5 minutes, the tea is deep, smoky, and a tad toasty, like toasted nuts in fact. I was not able to get a second or third infusion, but considering the low price of this tea, that should not be a concern for most people. I only used 175 degrees Fahrenheit water, which may have contributed to my need for a long 5 minute steep time, but I simply wasn't brave enough to try Teavivre's recommendation of 203 degrees Fahrenheit water on a green tea. I think this one probably could have taken it without any bitterness though. After all, I believe when gunpowder is used to make mint tea, many people outright boil it. This is a very different green tea than the majority of Teavivre's offerings. It's not really about sweetness or freshness, but smoke. For some reason I picture people using it to stay awake late at night, drinking it in crowded rooms sheltered from a bustling city.
Reply: Hi Nick, Thank you for your question. Normally the caffeine in per cup of green tea is 8-30 mg. Hope this is helpful to your concern.
Reply: Hello Hafid, Thank you very much for your asking. Gunpowder Green Tea (Zhu Cha) is AAA. Hope this is helpful for your concern.
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