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Gunpowder tea is one of the most famous teas in the world and for good reason. It’s packed with many benefits and the reason I like this tea is the flavor of this tea. It’s a smoky yet smooth taste and that is something I like.
So, want to read more about Gunpowder Tea? Let’s go! If you have read some of what I wrote, I love this Tea! It’s good for you, and it tastes so good too! So here I what I think of this tea.
If you ever wanted to visit an Asian grocery store searching for green Tea, you may have stumbled upon Gunpowder tea.
Since Gunpowder is a green tea made from the Chinese sencha, I think anyone who wants to drink tea should try this tea first, and here’s why.
What Exactly is Gunpowder Tea?
This tea originates from Chinese Zhejiang; it has a unique and recognizable leaf shape and flavor; some come in tiny round pellets because someone saw them and thought they looked like Gunpowder.
Gunpowder tea is one of the best affordable everyday tea that will never go out of fashion, even for a tea lover like me.
As you may know, gunpowder tea is not just one kind; this plant has many different teas.
Gunpowder tea is one of my favorites, and it’s very healthy for you, and being that this tea is a green tea! That means you can enjoy this tea any time of the day; Green tea has 35MG of caffeine in one cup.
But, Gunpowder tea has 35 to 40 MG of caffeine in one cup.
Gunpowder tea is in many households to this day! It’s a trendy tea that I think any new tea lover should try as their first sip.
Even the tea traditions in some countries are based on Gunpowder. For example, the famous Moroccan mint tea is made with Gunpowder tea and fresh mint!
Here is what you need to know about Gunpowder Tea.
In western countries, it’s always called Gunpowder because of the leaf shape. It’s believed that Gunpowder first appeared during the
Gunpowder tea was found during the Tang Dynasty, and that was over 1000 years ago! But because of that, this tea is known to be a super healthy and great tea to try out. This tea was one of the first green teas exported from China.
Gunpowder tea is one of the first green teas that some tea drinkers try if they are learning about teas.
As drinking preferences change over time, this green tea is often replaced by much lighter and delicate teas. However, it’s still irreplaceable in some cultures.
The caffeine content of gunpowder tea
As we read a few minutes ago, the caffeine in this tea may be a medium content, but don’t let that scare you away; this tea has a plus, just like a minus. The first thing to note is the smaller pellets and more green in them.
That tells you how fresh the tea is. If it’s darker and more prominent, stay away from that one. So, more green tea is better and smaller pellets mean it with so many benefits.
Those are made from younger leaves. High-quality Tea is usually made from younger leaves, so it should naturally have a bit more caffeine.
Here’s the bottom line. Smaller pellets mean it’s fresher, and the bigger pellets mean it will not have as much caffeine in your cup, but if you are one of those who can’t have too much caffeine, then you could try out this other tea that is Chamomile, peppermint, and even Ginger tea. Check out my take on those teas below.
What are the health benefits?
So, what about the benefits of this tea?
I have the answers you’re looking for. Gunpowder tea has at least 13 benefits, and maybe there’s more than that, too, but this is what I know right now.
And green tea has been studied against many viruses and bacterias, including the Influenza virus, Herpes simplex, Candida albicans, and Helicobacter pylori, which showed inhibitory properties and reduced side effects.
Potential benefits of Gunpowder green tea include:
- Antiviral activity
- Antimutagenic activity
- Strong chelating activity
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Antifungal activity
- Strengthening immune system
- Increasing bone density
- Increasing fat oxidation
- Anticancer activity
- Lowering cholesterol
- Antibacterial activity
- Lowering blood sugar
- Protecting against heart attacks and strokes.
Varieties of Gunpowder Tea
There are several varieties of Gunpowder Tea. The most famous are:
Pingshui Gunpowder Tea: Featuring large pearls, a more savory This tea has a deeper color and a fantastic smell! The original Gunpowder tea is called Pingshui gunpowder tea. And the other name for this tea is called Pinhead Gunpowder.
Formosa Gunpowder: Since this next gunpowder tea is grown in Taiwan, this tea is known for its steamed leaves and great scent from it once it’s in hot water.
This is a kind of tea that, after a few cups, you want to keep drinking; this tea is that good!
Ceylon Gunpowder: Ceylon Gunpowder comes from Sri Lanka, but the production process is similar to Chinese varieties. The tea is usually grown at high altitudes (5,000 – 6,500 feet above sea level).
How to brew Gunpowder green tea?
What a great question; like any tea, you boil the water to a specific temperature, but not so fast; what you first have to do is Boil fresh water in a clean teapot; preheat your teapot by pouring the water into it and letting it boil for about five minutes.
I am the kind of person who likes to drink her tea with filtered water…But, some want to have their tea with spring water instead. And I am not one to judge anyone.
So, here’s what you do: Boil some water and put your gunpowder tea bag or loose leaf in the cup you like to use, pour the hot water over it and let it steep for about maybe ten minutes, then you add whatever you use in your teas and enjoy!
Gunpowder tea blends amazingly with fresh ingredients such as mint and lemongrass so try making your own blend of teas if you are in the mood for experimenting with trying different things with your teas.
You can add a spoonful of honey if you like your teas on the sweeter side, but avoid adding any kind of milk to a regularly brewed tea.
Gunpowder is one of the most potent green teas in the world. It has a deeper yellow color and is a more robust kind of tea.
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