Usually, tea leaves are rolled lengthways to form a long, narrow crescent but for gunpowder, the leaves are carefully rolled into a ball/pellet instead.
They looked a bit like gunpowder when the tea was introduced to Europeans, hence the name.
The Chinese name for the same tea is 'Temple of Haven' which shows some cultural differences.
Most of the Gunpowder is exported to the Northern African countries where it is used to make their traditional mint tea (for more info see our Moroccan Mint).
Gunpowder is one of the stronger green teas from China. The infusion is straw coloured with a fine bitter, dry and fresh character.
This tea used to be much stronger with a more pronounced bitterness but due to overzealous EU regulations, all we get nowadays is a much tamer version.
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