Sea captains ferrying precious cargoes back to the West dubbed this granular tea Gunpowder, in reference to that common tool of warfare. This tumblefired Chinese classic comes in many grades, the finest of which is Temple of Heaven. The choicest leaves and buds make the smallest “pellets,” from her comes the name Gunpowder, which render an olive colored cup when brewed, slightly sweet and strikingly nutty. A second infusion is usually possible.
11 g tea leaves (3 level Teelamass) to 1 liter filtered or soft water, boiled and cooled to 75°C/167°F. Allow to brew 2 min.