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The Business of Blends
One area we have been diving into more at The Tea Table is the craft of blends. While we have always offered our own flavored blends, in the last couple years we have ventured further into unflavored ones.
China Black Gunpowder Tea
Gunpowder tea, traditionally made using green tea, is named for the fact that its visual appearance resembles that of gunpowder. The tea leaves are specially selected for quality, size, and style so that they can be rolled into very small, tight pellets. China Black Gunpowder Tea is made with black tea instead of green, which just means that the leaves were allowed to oxidize and ferment before they were rolled and dried. This tea (also called "Black Pearls") comes from the eastern parts of the Fujian Province of China. Gunpowder tea usually keeps for much longer than other tea and is favored because of this characteristic.
When preparing this tea, part of the ritual is to take a pinch of the gunpowder tea and drop it into a porcelain cup to hear the jingle and tinkle of the leaves hitting the sides. Boiling water causes them to open up like flowers and sink slowly to the bottom in graceful patterns, which adds a dimension of visual pleasure to drinking this tea. This tea produces a nice dark infusion and a pleasantly aromatic, slightly smoky, full-bodied taste. Because gunpowder tea is more dense than other tea, less of it is required when brewing. Use half of a teaspoon per cup and steep 3-5 minutes in freshly boiled water.
Average Customer Rating
Reviewer: woodie 11/17/2011
This is a very interesting semi smokey black tea. I liked it and thought it was a good tea to try but iam not blown away. If you really like smokey tea then you will just love this tea.
Reviewer: Michael 09/27/2011
I love this stuff... it is my 'go-to' tea. It has many great features, let me list them. 1. It takes less to make more 2. It looks cool, even the texture of these "gunpowder" pellets is nice 3. The taste is unique among the teas I have sampled - and it never lets me down 4. It's comparitively cheap Try this... I am so sad that Tea Table is sold out right now. :[
Reviewer: Daniel 01/21/2013
I really like the flavor of this black. Really nice any time of day.
Number of ratings: 4
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