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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Review: Persimmon Tree Tea’s Gunpowder Tea

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The Subject:  Gunpowder
Company:Persimmon Tree Tea. [More info]

Straight Tea Rating:

About the new rating designation.

Water temperature:175° F
Steeping time:1-3 mins.
Tea type:Green
Dry leaves:  Dark green pellets; fresh, planty aroma

1st Infusion:  
Steeping time —  1 mins.
Aroma, plain —  Rich smell
Taste, plain —Spinachy, roasty
Color, plain —Light amber
2nd Infusion:
Steeping time —  1½ mins.
Aroma, plain —Rich, spinachy
Taste, plain —Smooth, more roasty/spinachy, Jasmine-like as cools
Color, plain —Amber, slightly cloudy
3rd Infusion:
Steeping time —  2 mins.
Aroma, plain —Faint
Taste, plain —Spinachy, edgy, not roasty, still smooth feel
Color, plain —Amber, slightly cloudy

Gunpowder is one of those green teas that just about every tea vendor carries. It’s such a basic and well-known tea that often when you ask someone if they drink green tea and they say “yes,” this is the one they usually mean.

This version is fairly typical in appearance, both before and after steeping:

I didn’t include a photo in my review of their Classic Black tea of the steeping instructions on the back of each tea tin, so here it is on the Gunpowder tin:

One thing the label doesn’t say that we think it should for this particular tea is that a quick wash of the tea leaves before steeping is in order. Heat your water, pour some of it over the leaves in the teapot, swish it around gently for a few seconds, and then pour the liquid out. Then, add the heated water to those leaves and steep them. This should get rid of some of the fine particles that ended up in our cups and that gave a chalky texture to the tea.

We steeped this in a more U.S./European manner (mainly because Little Yellow Teapot gets his nose…uh, I mean “spout” out of joint if we don’t steep in him), but it would probably be great if you are into the gongfu style of tea enjoyment. It’s also great in the LibreTea steeping mug and similar teawares.

Disclaimer: This tea was provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.

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