Country of Origin: Taiwan
Region: Tung Ting Province
Altitude: 1000’ ft. above sea level
Manufacture type: Steamed green tea
Cup characteristics: A green tea with surprising body and captivating green tea taste
Infusion: Tending dark green
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Hot tea brewing method: When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly – about 2 times. The secret is to use water that is about 75-80’C. Place 1 teaspoon in your cup let the tea steep for about 3-5 minutes and then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment – do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low – add more water, and so on and so on – until the flavor of the tea is exhausted. Look at the pattern of the leaves in the brew, not only do they foretell your fortune but you can see the bud and shoots presenting themselves, looking like they are about to be plucked.
Iced tea-brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.]
Did you know?
Legend has it that this tea was named by a young English clerk who thought the tiny rolled green balls looked like gunpowder. The tea leaves are specially selected for quality, size and style. They are then rolled into tight nuggets. Gunpowder tea keeps a lot longer than other green teas and is favored because of this characteristic.
Gunpowder tea comes from the province of Zhejiang in China and from Taiwan. Generally, the better gunpowders come from Taiwan. Interestingly Taiwan’s gunpowder quality improved after 1949. Another interesting point; before the 1900’s, gunpowder tea comprised about 60% of Americas total tea imports compared to today, when it is less than 1 percent. Today in Taiwan the tea bushes flush about 5 times per year from April to December. The best leaf is picked from the end of May to mid-August. The first tea bushes were planted in Taiwan about 300 years ago with bushes from Fujian Province. The tea growing and production is concentrated around the northern part of Taiwan near Chi-lung.
When the tea is made the tiny pellets jingle and tinkle in the bowl or cup. Boiling water causes them to open up like flowers and sink slowly to the bottom in graceful patterns, which add a dimension of visual pleasure to tea drinking. This gunpowder produces a reasonably strong dark-green brew with a memorable fragrance, a slightly bitter but not unpleasant flavor and a long-lasting finish. Gunpowder is denser than other teas so one or two teaspoons for a teapot is all that is required.
At Tea Sante, our goal is to have you enjoy our quality loose leaf teas as soon as possible. That’s why we attempt to ship your order the same day it was received. Tracking numbers are provided for all orders within Canada so you know exactly where your order is at all times. We use expedient shipping; orders are packed and shipped usually within 24 hours (1-2 business days). We currently do not ship outside of North America. To view our return policy, click here.
Free shipping in Canada on orders over $60.
Free shipping in the United States on orders over $80
|Canada||Estimated Delivery Time|
|Ontario||1-3 business days|
|Quebec||1-3 business days|
|Nova Scotia||3-5 business days|
|New Brunswick||3-5 business days|
|Prince Edward Island||3-5 business days|
|Newfoundland||3-5 business days|
|British Columbia||5-8 business days|
|Saskatchewan||5-8 business days|
|Manitoba||5-8 business days|
|Alberta||5-8 business days|
|Yukon||6-8 business days|
|North West Territories||6-8 business days|
|USA||5-9 business days|
À thé Santé, notre but est de vous faire profiter de nos thés en feuilles de qualité dès que possible. C’est pourquoi nous nous efforçons d’expédier votre commande le jour même où elle a été reçue. Des codes de suivi sont prévus pour toutes les commandes au Canada afin que vous sachiez exactement où votre commande se trouve en tout temps. Nous effectuons des livraisons rapides : les commandes sont emballées et livrées habituellement dans les 24 heures (1-2 jours ouvrables). Actuellement, nous n’effectuons pas de livraisons à l’extérieur de l’Amérique du Nord. Pour consulter notre politique de retour, cliquez ici.
Livraison gratuite au Canada sur les commandes de plus de 60$.
Livraison gratuite aux États-Unis sur les commandes de plus de 80$
|Canada||Délai de livraison prévu|
|Ontario||1-3 jours ouvrables|
|Quebec||1-3 jours ouvrables|
|Nova Scotia||3-5 jours ouvrables|
|New Brunswick||3-5 jours ouvrables|
|Prince Edward Island||3-5 jours ouvrables|
|Newfoundland||3-5 jours ouvrables|
|British Columbia||5-8 jours ouvrables|
|Saskatchewan||5-8 jours ouvrables|
|Manitoba||5-8 jours ouvrables|
|Alberta||5-8 jours ouvrables|
|Yukon||6-8 jours ouvrables|
|North West Territories||6-8 jours ouvrables|
|États-Unis||5-9 jours ouvrables|