Pingshui in Zheijian Province, China.
A lively and refreshing brew dominated by peppermint layered with the bold sweet green tea flavours.
Ever since its discovery in China, tea has been appreciated for its medicinal qualities. In more recent times research has focused upon the abundant polyphenols that are found in tea - particularly in green tea and their antioxidant effects. Polyphenols are said to neutralise free radicals which may help to halt or slowdown the onset of illnesses such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. Peppermint is probably best known for its ability to aid digestion and settle a bloated tummy.
Available in 100g Handcrafted Tins, or 1kg Wholesale Packs
Gunpowder tea is a form of Chinese green tea whereby each leaf has been rolled into a small round pellet. Its English name comes from its resemblance to shots of gunpowder.
Gunpowder tea production dates back to the Tang Dynasty 618–907. Gunpowder tea leaves are withered, steamed, rolled, and then dried. Although the individual leaves were formerly rolled by hand, today most gunpowder tea is rolled by machines (though the highest grades are still rolled by hand). Rolling renders the leaves less susceptible to physical damage and breakage and allows them to retain more of their flavour and aroma.
When buying gunpowder tea it is important to look for shiny pellets, which indicate that the tea is relatively fresh. Pellet size is also associated with quality, larger pellets being considered a mark of lower quality tea. High-quality gunpowder tea will have small, tightly rolled pellets.
How to make the perfect Handcrafted Gunpowder Tea with Peppermint:
Brew Proportions: 3g of tea or 1 teaspoon to 250 mls of water Brew Temperature: 80 C Infusion time: 3 minutes.