Gunpowder tea (Zhu Cha): easy guide, top 5 best teas

Last updated: August 6, 2020 at 15:28 pm

What is Gunpowder tea?

Gunpowder tea (Zhu Cha) is a common name for a variety of Chinese green tea originating from Zhejiang Province. The tea gets its name from the appearance of its hand-rolled, pellet-like leaves. It also stays true to its name in terms of taste, offering a full-bodied, smoky feel and flavor that is retained within its tightly rolled leaves.

Tasting notes

Bold, powerful, astringent, slightly smoky. This one is higher in caffeine than most other green teas. It also has a well-balanced mix of notes to suit both coffee drinkers and green tea lovers. Green tea connoisseurs describe this as “earthy” and “bold flavored”, with a “surprisingly subtle sweet aftertaste”. The ‘practically’ inclined appreciate the fact that it’s always “good for an extra re-brew”.

A cool twist

Gunpowder, together with spearmint leaves, is one of the two core ingredients of the refreshing and soothing Moroccan Mint tea. Traditionally, it is consumed with lots of sugar.

Tea tips

Finest Gunpowder tea can be identified by small, shiny, tightly rolled leaves that preserve the flavor for greater lengths of time. In general, the smaller the pellets, the higher the quality of your Gunpowder tea.

Organic Gunpowder

Organic Gunpowder

Organic Organicer green tea, also called Organic Zhu Cha, production started way back with the Tang Dynasty which ran from 618 to 907 A.D. Gunpowder tea leaves are naturally withered, steamed, rolled, and then dried. California Tea House's high grade, loose leaf Organic Gunpowder green tea are still rolled by hand into small tight balls that make the tea leaves less susceptible to damage, allowing them to retain more of their flavor and aroma. It is believed that the English gave the tea this name due to the resemblance to the gun powder of their black powder muskets of the time. Buy Organic Gunpowder green tea with our 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Gunpowder Tea

Gunpowder Tea

A Chinese green tea that is a pick-me-up for any time of day. Comprised of tender, young, organic green tea leaves and rolled into small spheres resembling gunpowder, this organic green tea produces a grassy infusion with a slightly smoky flavor.
Organic Gunpowder Green Tea (Zhu Cha)

Organic Gunpowder Green Tea (Zhu Cha)

Organic Gunpowder green tea is traditionally created by plucking high grade long tea leaves from the tea trees, by hand-rolling them into small tight pellet shapes (also like discoid flower). It is normal that there will be some floating in the liquor because of the processing craftsmanship, which will not affect tea taste. The whole leaf is used in processing, so..
Gunpowder Green Tea

Gunpowder Green Tea

A smoky green tea made from rolled tea leaves. The rolled green tea leaves of gunpowder help to preserve the essence of the tea, providing a potent aromatic and flavorful experience sure to entice any green tea connoisseur.
Gunpowder

Gunpowder

Gunpowder is a classic green tea from Zhejiang province, China. As the name implies, Gunpowder tea is made up of leaves hand-rolled into tiny pellets. These resemble gunpowder, and give this tea its distinct name. Full-bodied cup with a hint of smokiness and a smooth mouthfeel. Blend Gunpowder tea with spearmint to create the famous 'Moroccan Mint' tea.

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