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Legend has it that the name Gunpowder was given by a young English clerk who thought the tiny rolled green balls looked like gunpowder. The tealeaves are specially selected for quality, size and style. They are then rolled into tight nuggets. Gunpowder tea keeps a lot longer than other green teas which has traditionally made it popular.
Used in traditional Chinese medicine – Green tea has been proven to fight cancer and heart disease. Research has also shown it can play a role in lowering cholesterol, burning fat, preventing diabetes and stroke, and staving off dementia. It has just a 1/3 of the caffeine found in coffee. Studies also suggests 3 or 4 cups a day can increase your metabolic rate by 4% over 24 hours which can mean your body burning an extra 50-100 calories a day.
Place 1 tsp. of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste. Do not add milk
When preparing in a cup this tea can be used repeatedly - about 3 times. Use water that is about 180’F or 80’C. Place 1 teaspoon in your cup let the tea steep for about 3 minutes - do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low - add more water Look at the pattern of the leaves they foretell your fortune
When the tea is made the tiny pellets jingle and tinkle in the bowl or cup. Boiling water causes them to open up like flowers and sink slowly to the bottom in graceful patterns, which add a dimension of visual pleasure to tea drinking. This gunpowder produces a reasonably strong dark-green brew with a memorable fragrance, a slightly bitter but not unpleasant flavour and a long lasting finish. Gunpowder is more dense than other teas so one or two teaspoons for a teapot is all that is required