AWARD WINNER: at the 2017 Global Tea Championships
Hand-rolled gunpowder tea and cooling mint.
1. Heat water to 175˚F.
2. Place tea in cup and pour water over the leaves.
3. Steep for 2-4 minutes.
For loose leaf iced teas, use 2 tsp per 8oz glass.
When well brewed, and when one is in the mood for it, this tea is excellent. The mint provides a refreshing note to the gunpowder tea, which itself provides a decent base. That said, this tea is extremely finicky to brew properly, and often times ends up with one flavour overpowering the other. Soften the mint will drown out the green tea, or the tea will grow too bitter for the mint to subdue. Similarly, mint's brand of refreshing taste is best suited to warm, sunny weather, making this tea a less appealing option in colder climes and seasons. If you are a perennial fan of mint, more power to you, of course. I recommend this tea in a chilled or iced form on hot summer afternoons, or in its hot form during a summer thunderstorm.