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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Life in Teacup Loose Leaf Green Tea 'Gunpowder Green Tea'

Tea Information:
Tea: Gunpowder Green Tea
Type: Green Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Life in Teacup
Purchase: Here
Production Year: 2009
Production Season: Spring
Production Region: Shaoxing County, Zhejiang Province
Style: Chao Qing (stir-fry to kill enzyme)

Steep Information:
Amount: a bit under 1 tsp
Additives: none
Water: 6 ounces / 8 ounces boiling filtered water let cool to 175 then steeped in cup with mesh basket
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: AmazonV: Nothing / MilitiaJim: Faint green tea
Steeped Tea Smell: green tea (slightly vegetal)
Flavor: green tea (slightly vegetal)
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: sweet
Liquor: translucent green (MilitiaJim: de-neon-ed mountain dew)

WikiPedia - Why is it Gunpowder tea?

This was a sample from Life in Teacup

I was very pleased that this tea is not bitter! I tend to over heat or steep greens and get bitter tea. This is a nice mellow green tea and I am enjoying it. I wouldn't mind getting it again, although I know I am more a black tea / red tea person than green.

Post-Steep Additives: honey = sweetened green tea

Resteep: 2 minutes, with honey, was similar to first steep only had more particulate (i don't mind) and slightly more astringent and bitter (briefly) at the end.

Resteep 2: 3 minutes, weak, cloudy, watery, tossed it

Rating: 2/3

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