China Gunpowder Tea Event Box

Green Tea
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Gunpowder Tea is made of hand-rolled “pearl tea” with a distinctive oak taste, famously named because of the pellet shape of the rolled leaves “burst” open when infused yielding a cup that has a distinctive sweet flavor

Event Boxes are the most cost-effective way to purchase Tea Forté gourmet tea. Each box contains 48 pyramid tea infusers. Choose from a variety of our classic blends of black, green, oolong, white and herbal tea.

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China Gunpowder Tea

About China Gunpowder Tea

Tea Type : Green Tea

Tea Forté Gunpowder tea is mainly grown in the Ningbo region situated in the Chinese Zhejiang Province. The leaf of this green tea is hand-rolled into little pellet-shaped balls to preserve the natural oils and retain their natural aroma. When immersed in (near) boiling water these green tea pellets ‘burst open’ and elicit a slightly sweet flavor and the pleasing vegetal quality from a quality gunpowder tea. The pellet-shaped balls resemble 18th century gunpowder, hence their name.

In China this particular green tea is also referred to as ‘Pearl Tea’. A classic green tea, China Gunpowder is best drunk in pure form. It pairs superbly with most East Asian cuisines, particularly sushi and sashimi. The Chinese refer to gunpowder tea as "bead tea" or "pearl tea." It is believed that the English name for this tea came from the type of gunpowder used in cannons, which usually came as small round pellets.

Green tea is an excellent choice for enjoyment throughout the day. Without milk or sugar, this is a calorie-free beverage that is super-charged with antioxidants. With much less caffeine than coffee, green tea boosts energy but doesn't create jitters.

If you find green tea to be too bitter, try steeping it for a shorter time and/or with cooler water. Steeped properly, there should be very little bitter flavor, rather vegetal, mild and even slightly sweet or nutty. "Cooking" or over-steeping greens is a common mistake for those more familiar with black tea; experiment with steeping to match your own taste.

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  • Preparing the Perfect Cup of Gunpowder Tea
  • Steeping instructions

    1. Heat water to 175˚F.
    2. Place tea in cup and pour water over the leaves.
    3. Steep for 2-4 minutes.
    4. Enjoy!

    For loose leaf iced teas, use 2 tsp per 8oz glass.

    Tasting Notes

    Flavor: slightly sweet and smoky
    Aroma: fresh leaves
    Color: golden-yellow, clear


    • Green tea

    Caffeine Content (Mg)

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    1. TINA H.
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      Love It.

      08/27/19 | ROWLAND HEIGHTS, CA
    2. Adrian A.
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      Great tea...very smooth and relaxing

      02/19/19 | Oxnard, CA
    3. Claire E.
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      This is my favorite green tea! I wish they still had it in a loose leaf canister.

      02/18/19 | Bonners Ferry, ID
    4. Victoria L.
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      Great green tea. Lots of aroma.

      08/23/18 | Novato, CA
    5. regina s.
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      Nice tea

      We got to taste this tea in Mexico in a resort we stayed. Very nice

      02/28/18 | East Brunswick, NJ
    6. Susie H.
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      A staple in our home

      China Gunpowder tea is one of our absolute favorite teas in our home. We brew it nearly daily and have it as our go-to drink to get us through the day. This tea has a subtle roasted flavor which pairs nicely with the bright green tea experience.

      02/14/18 | Fulton, MD
    7. Phyllis S.
      Verified Buyer

      Really good

      Couldn't be happier with the taste I wish you had a matcha tea that was that easy to use when away from home.

      08/12/17 | Gainesville, FL
    8. Deirdre W.
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      Simply Delicious!

      I can't think of anything else to say, except this tea is wonderful. I am a black tea drinker, and wanted to try green tea for the health benefits. I could not have picked a better one to try. Simply delicious!

      07/02/17 | Norman, OK
    9. Amy V.
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      Fragrant and light

      Not too bitter and strong. Just right for the green tea lovers in the office and guests. I normally prefer Jasmine Tea, but my husband thinks that one was too bitter.

      02/21/17 | Orlando, FL
    10. Timothy J G.
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      Chna Gunpowder Green Tea

      I ordered the box of 48 mostly because a favorite local restaurant (J.Marks, Pompano Beach FL) serves it. Loved the packaging with 4 sealed boxes of twelve as for giving out to family members. Loved that shipping was included. Next time, I may try Mango Peach as that sounds interesting. Lastly, I received the order very quickly. You can't go wrong.

      02/16/17 | Pompano Beach, FL