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Gunpowder is a classic green tea from China. Gunpowder is rolled into even-sized, small grey-green balls, similar in look to how "gunpowder" was prepared in the past. The tightest balls of gunpowder are called "pinhead" and these are the highest grade. The tea leaves have not turned darker because fermentation has not taken place. Gunpowder is popular in North Africa, with it used in Morocco and mixed with mint and sugar for a Moroccan mint tea.

Gunpowder has a very clear infusion with a pale, yellowish straw-coloured liquor with a refreshing, dry and slightly astringent taste, and perhaps a hint of smoke. Gunpowder tea leaves unfold and become broad and whole.

Gunpowder is a classic of its type. It is excellent in summertime, and as with Moroccan mint tea, is delicious with spearmint or cardamom.


  • Quantity: 1 teaspoon (2½ g) per cup or person
  • Water: 80oC (175oF)
  • Brew time: 4 - 5 minutes

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