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Gunpowder (Huo Yao Cha)

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This lot of Gunpowder is a loosely-rolled with a bright, green-side leaf.  Made with the same harvest period leaves as used for tightly rolled Pinhead and medium rolled versions, this lot uses a larger leaf and is processed in a more “loose” style which brings forth a milder aroma and flavor. Made in Anhui Province, this organic Gunpowder has body; producing a dark green cup with a slightly pungent and, if steeped long, astringent flavor.

Why we selected this lot.  Its loose roll appearance is unusual and notable.  The taste it offers as a result is a bit less pungent than standard Gunpowder and arguably smoother in flavor.   It offers a refreshing cup.

Taste profile.  This lot will taste smoother and less pungent than most Gunpowder.  The natural astringency of this tea is low.

Brewing suggestions.  A level teaspoon or 3 grams of leaf is a good amount for -8-12 ounces of water.  Use water at 195-205 F., steeping the leaves for 2-3 minutes.  A shorter steep time will keep the natural astringency of this green lower.  The leaves will steep 2-3 times.

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$10.00    per  
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G-GGT-4E-13
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The leaf we selected is a little larger, offers more "taste" than the pinhead style.

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  1. Great value 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th May 2017

    Being one of the lowest price teas I wasn't sure how good it would be. It's actually really good quality for the price. The skill in brewing will greatly affect the flavor. To many leaves and it's too bitter, too few leaves and you don't get the nice roasted flavor. Brewed right it's not bitter and has a nice roasted flavor. It also is excellent served cold.


Silk Road Teas has received the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for their commitment to employ persons with disabilities. Silk Road Teas is committed to improving the quality of life for disabled persons, sharing the belief with ICS that business can substantively help people with disabilities achieve independent lives by providing jobs in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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