This Chinese Green Tea is produced in Zhejiang Province in China in which each leaf has been rolled into a small tight round pellet.
The pellets are a black-green colour and resemble lead shot – or, it seems, gunpowder, which is how this robust, invigorating and delicious tea got its name. As the name suggests, Pinhead Gunpowder is even more tightly rolled than ordinary Gunpowder, which requires an even higher level of skill.
Only plucked during April and May when the quality of leaves is at its highest, the resultant brew is a strong, dark green with a memorable fragrance.
Boiling water causes the tea to open up like flowers and sink slowly to the bottom in graceful patterns, which add a dimension of visual pleasure to tea drinking.
A slightly bitter, but not unpleasant flavour - it's important to note that gunpowder tea is more dense than other green teas and as such requires less to make. The bitterness can be refreshing, but many people add a small amount of sugar to bring out the flavour.
Origin: Zhejiang, China
Brewing: Bring fresh drawn cold water to a boil. and allow to cool 80°C. Place 1 heap teaspoon of loose tea into a teapot. Pour water. Cover and let it brew for 2-5 minutes according to taste. (the longer the brewing time the stronger the taste and bitterness).