Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Our Home Tea Temple of Heaven Gunpowder Tea

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark green, small rolled shapes
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teapot
Liquor: dark gold

That picture isn't rabbit pellets, it's green tea! The leaves are hand rolled into those tiny balls.This tea was basically your run of the mill "gunpowder" green tea. It was vegetal and faintly smokey with a sweet finish. There was no astringency and it was overall a very smooth cup. The taste was a little flat though. It was not as full bodied as I would have liked and the  flavor profile was not very complex. I think part of that may have to do with where this tea is grown. Every version of this tea I have had was grown in its traditional home of Zhejiang Province. This particular example was grown in Guangdong Province. While the two regions are not terribly far from each other, I am of the belief that geography can have a big affect on taste. Guangdong is actually much better known for its oolongs. I also made this tea in my Hamilton Beach Iced Tea Maker and threw in some fresh mint leaves. It was a refreshing taste of Morocco and I much preferred it to the hot cup that I had previously.

You can find this tea here.