Ahmad Gunpowder Green Tea (Ahmad Gunpowder Çayı) is one of China’s most popular exports. The finest green tea leaves are tightly rolled into little pearls and wood-fired, taking on a subtle smokiness in the process. Our Gunpowder tea pops with the sweetness of fresh summer grass and the aromas of smouldering oak. It’s a refreshing blend that every green tea lover should try.
This style of tea gets its name from the shot-like appearance of the rolled tea leaves. It is renowned for its full-bodied flavour and is stronger than many green teas. ‘Gunpowder’ became a popular tea processing method as rolling the pellets locks in the flavour and aromas, releasing them again once they’re steeped in hot water. The tea also proved robust when being transported, in comparison to other whole leaf teas. This made distribution across the continents easier, with traders safe in the knowledge that their tea would arrive with all its quality preserved. The tea is now enjoyed all over the world. In North Africa it’s served ceremoniously with lashings of sugar and fresh mint. Elsewhere it’s popular as a brisk, refreshing cuppa brewed with just hot water.
To create this fine infusion, our Tea Masters source the youngest, largest leaves from the Zhejiang province of China – it’s only these high-quality leaves that can withstand the ‘gunpowder’ process of withering, steaming, rolling, and then drying. All of the flavour in this blend comes from the high-quality leaves and the drying process – we don’t need to add anything else. The final infusion has a deliciously smoky green tea character, stronger than many, but still subtle when compared to black teas. It offers green tea sippers a deliciously satisfying brewing experience.
Origin*: Zhejiang province, China
*Please note, subject to change due to seasonal variations.