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Loose Leaf Tea: Gunpowder Gold Organic Green Tea

Tea Company: Big Tea House

Tea Company Description: The exciting aroma of grapes, peaches and apricots with the fascinating dark appearance of gunpowder will give you a rush! A one of a kind loose leaf gourmet green tea!

Gunpowder Gold from Big Tea House

Additional details

Loose Tea Certifications: USDA Organic, Kosher

Gourmet Tea Ingredients: Organic loose leaf green tea.

Caffeine Content: Caffeinated

Tea Health Benefits: The health benefits of green tea are perhaps the most well known. It is packed with antioxidants, and it may lower risk of heart attack and stroke. In addition, green tea is thought to have anti-aging properties and support immune function.

Serving Size: 1 to 1.5 teaspoons of tea per 8 ounces of water.

Steep Time & Temp: 1 to 2 minutes @ 175°F


Dry Leaf Assessment: Dry leaves look like typical gunpowder, shiny, tightly rolled nuggets. The small size of the nuggets indicates higher quality of Gunpowder tea. The shininess of the dry leaves indicates their freshness. The smell of dry green tea Gunpowder is somewhat smoky with notes of roasted chestnut and honey.

Gunpowder Gold from Big Tea House Infusion

Infused Leaf Assessment: Wet tea leaves are even in shape, spiral, silky to touch and dark-olive in color. Young, tender leaves about an inch long were used to make this tea.  The fragrance of the infused leaves is also typical for green Gunpowder tea, with slight smokiness on the background; notes of the damp hay come forward.

Liquor: Brewed Gunpowder is dark golden in color. The flavor of the infusion is thick, strong, but not astringent, with well pronounced smoky nuances and soft honey aftertaste.

Recommeationnd: Green gunpowder is a form of tea primarily produced in China, in which tea leaves are rolled into small round nuggets. This rolling method was initially created in order to prevent fragile leaves from physical damage and allow the product to retain more of its flavor. This type of green tea is widely used as a base for traditional Moroccan mint tea, where a generous amount of mint and sugar added to Gunpowder after brewing.

Score: 87 – Very Good

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