DetailsCountry of Origin: Taiwan
Region: Taipei County
Shipping Port: Taipei
Cup Characteristics: A smooth and satisfying cup with dashes of bakiness. Premium gunpowder that hails from Pin Lin, Taiwan?s tea capital.
Infusion: Pale green.
Ingredients: Luxury green tea
Taiwan is known for producing the world?s finest gunpowder teas. They should be, they?ve had a lot of practice - tea plants were first brought to the island over 300 years ago from Fujian province in China. Tea growers recognized that Taiwan had the climactic conditions and topographical features required for producing excellent teas, these being lofty mountain meadows, fresh water and wet humid conditions. In fact, the conditions make it possible for tea bushes in Taiwan to flush 5 times a year from April to December with the best teas plucked from the end of May to mid August. (The flush is a period of exceptional leaf growth.) The exact origin of gunpowder production is unknown but at one time, but before 1900 gunpowders accounted for 60% of American tea imports, such was its popularity.
The cup displays notes of smoke and sweet grass, with subtle undertones of burnt honey. A common mistake is to brew gunpowder in water that is too hot and scalding to the mouth. If this is done, many of the subtle layers of character may be lost. Instead, use water that has almost reached the boiling point. This will allow your tongue to properly catalogue the nuances of the tea without searing your taste buds. Pin Lin Gunpowder.A stunning example of a Taiwanese gunpowder tea.