25 Days of Tea: Day 4 (Gunpowder)

Gunpowder/Temple of Heaven Green Tea

The question I’m most often asked when this tea is in our weekly farmers market rotation is: “Is it really gunpowder? Like from a gun that you shoot?”  Only once did I say yes and asked if he was a hunter and in need of ammo. The look on his face was worth the karma I think I took on for that fib that clearly was meant for my own entertainment. I came clean after I stopped laughing, and he (luckily) thought it was really funny. I mean it when I say: I have some of the best tea customers around. So what exactly is this crazy tea called “Gunpowder” or “Temple of Heaven”?

It’s a classic green tea – usually from Zhejiang province, China and because the leaves are hand-rolled into tiny pellets, it was given the name: Gunpowder tea. Its often mildly smokey and has a very long finish. This is a robust green tea and if steeped too long can become very astringent and even bitter – which for some is preferred. Gunpowder is the base used for Moroccan Mint tea and the smokiness of the green tea paired with mint leaves is a brilliant combination which will be featured later in the month. In the meantime, below are some notes on this robust brew:

• Overview:   A classic green tea that is more robust then most greens. It has weight.
• Dry Leaf:    Tightly rolled “pin head” size leaves, shiny green
• Liquor (liquid):    Darker then you would expect – almost a dark greenish brown
• Aroma:   Vegetal, hints of smoke from a chiminea
• Flavor notes:    Pungent, astringent, hint of smoke, long finish
• Brewing recommendation:     175° Fº / 2-3 minutes. Be sure to use water that is under boiling in temperature.
• Caffeine: Yes

If you are interested in giving this tea a try, please visit the Pearl Fine Teas tea shop today and use code: 25TEAS4 at checkout to get 25% of Gunpowder Green Tea – today only!

Happy Sipping!
-The Chief Leaf


25 Days of Tea: Day 4 (Gunpowder)

“Hope” Tea and Aloha United Way

auw-logoTeaGreetings, TeaPeeps! I am thrilled to report that Aloha United Way has decided to give Pearl Fine Teas at their 2009 Annual Recognition Luncheon held on April 17, 2009 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. 450 people will be attending!

Jody Shiroma-Perreira, VP, Marketing & Communications thought it would be a wonderful idea to offer loose leaf tea as a favor for those attending the event! They are calling the tea “HOPE” – a Temple of Heaven/Gunpowder based green tea. As some of you may know, I spent 5 glorious years living and working in Honolulu and one of my very first accounts when I arrived was AUW! It holds a special place in my heart and I am sincerely honored to help support Aloha United Way!

“Hope” Tea and Aloha United Way