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Gunpowder Organic

Item No. 500117

Available: Peet's Store

The tight roll of these China green tea leaves helped retain freshness during the long sea voyage to Europe.

Flavor Notes

Bittersweet green with a slightly smoky character

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About this tea

Tea Story

Gunpowder tea gets its name from the characteristics of the leaves, which are rolled into small, greyish-green pellets resembling old-fashioned gunpowder. The appearance is important, in that the smallest, most tightly rolled leaves of the top grades have much more flavor than the more irregular, open roll of the lower grades. Gunpowder is a highly processed tea, with long periods of rolling followed by extensive grading for size, shape and density. The best organic lots come from central China, and have a full body, pungent flavor and slightly smoky aroma.

Brewing Tips

Start with a preheated cup or teapot.
Measure 2/3rds spoonful (3g) of tea for each cup of water.
Bring the water to boil; let it cool for 30 seconds (200° F) before steeping tea for 3 minutes.
Strain leaves while pouring.

Customer Reviews
  • Sonny Forest , drinking Peet's since 2012 4/4/13
  • Monterey, CA

Very rich green tea, almost reminds me of matcha. It's much stronger and bolder taste than most greens, so I like to brew it with 3/4 of the recommended amount.

I really love to flavor. It's earthy and deep, dark and smokey with hints of seaweed. To me it tastes like a foggy summer day here on the coast.

Peet's tea tends to sit on the shelves for far too long and gets really stale, but I got lucky with this tin. I think because it's a popular variety they go through their stock quicker and it's fresher.

  • Daniel Allen 7/10/06
  • Vernon Hills, Il

I've been drinking green tea for a few years now but this is the first time I've had gunpowder tea. It's excellent fresh and hot. I''ve also been experimenting with making iced tea with it. Three teaspoons of tea to 32 oz of water brewed at 175 degrees for five minutes or so and left in the fridge overnight and I've got an all day treat to sip on at work.

  • Kyle 4/2/06
  • Elk Grove, CA

I found this tea to be quite invigorating, and was charmed by the smoky taste and the name of the tea. It was an enjoyable experience to drink this tea on a winter night in the comfort of my home...

  • Bob Rosenberg 3/17/06
  • S.F., CA

Peet's example of gunpowder green is, as usual, top of the line. The smokiness one expects is there, slightly toned down, yet the full-body one occasionaly encounters is missing. I like to drink this in the Moroccan/North African style, with mint leaves and honey after a meal of sardines in yogurt and pepper sauce. The best cafe gunpowder I've encountered in the City. Superb.

  • Lucrecia Freeman 9/21/01
  • Crescent City, CA

A great tea to start the day with. Its full body and smokey flavor awakens the senses and yet carries the comfort of green tea.

  • Scott Rizzo 5/1/01
  • Netcong, NJ

Even though it is one of the less expensive teas, I thoroughly enjoy its flavor. I visited California for the first time last month, and I picked up some gunpowder because I liked the smell. I will be coming back to California later this month, and I can't wait to try some of the other teas. If they are as good or better than gunpowder, then I am in for a real treat. Gunpowder is the best tea I've ever had thus far.

Employee Reviews
  • Janet Coffee 4/11/01
  • Bristol Farms Ambassador
  • Southern California
  • Southern California

A high quality green tea to be enjoyed for its slightly smokey quality, wonderful essence of greeness and unfolding

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