Pingshui Pinhead Gunpowder Loose Leaf Chinese Green Tea Healthy Best Quality Quite Rare


  • This special grade Pingshui Pinhead gunpowder green tea comes from the Pingshui region of the northern Zhejiang province.
  • After the tender young tea leaves have been withered and steamed,they're rolled into small pellets.
  • Due to its compact rolling, this Pingshui Gunpowder stays fresh longer and less is required to make a great cup of tea. 
  • This tea produces a light greenish-yellow liquid and has a slightly smoky flavour with a smooth stimulating taste.
  • In Chinese, gunpowder tea is called zhū chá, literally "pearl tea".
  • The origin of the English term may come from its similarity in appearance to actual gunpowder: greyish, dark pellets of irregular shape used as explosive propellant for early guns.
  • Or the name may also have arisen from the fact that the grey-green leaf is tightly rolled into a tiny pellet and "explodes" into a long leaf upon being steeped in hot water.
  • Another explanation is that the tea sometimes has a smoky flavor.
  • Most likely is that the English term may stem from the Mandarin Chinese phrase for "freshly brewed", gāng pào de, which sounds like the English word "gunpowder."
  • Prepare this Pingshui Pinhead using hot, not boiling water and brew for a couple of minutes, adjust according to personal taste. Re-infusions will take differing times. 
  • This is a lovely tea and probably the best Gunpowder I have tried, a lovely refreshing drink.

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