Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Temple of Heaven Gunpowder
Gunpowder tea is pretty nifty. It's a green tea that's been dried and rolled into little pellets that resemble grains of gunpowder, and you get the nice visual display of the pellets "exploding" while steeping. Supposedly because the overall leaf isn't as exposed to air as a twisted tea leaf, they keep for longer.

I'm tasting A Southern Season's version of gunpowder tea. The overall flavor is one-sided, prominently being a generic "green tea" taste that melds together with a little bit of sweetness and grass. It's not a strong tea, but it doesn't have a delicate taste, either. The majority of the flavor is towards the finish.

This smells like green tea, with maybe a *little* bit of a smoky scent. Other than that, it's pretty nondescript.

This is one tea that you really don't want to steep for too long and at too high a temperature. I steep it for two minutes at about 140-160 Fahrenheit. Any longer, and you'll have a cup of nasty, burnt tasting tea that will coat your mouth.
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