I was excited to receive this as a sample with my order from The Tea Table. I had never had gunpowder green tea before, so this was a new experience. The dry leaves smelled slightly vegetal and smoky. I brewed the tea using 1 teaspoon for a 16oz mug using 205 degree water (per the instructions). I was tentative to use such hot water since I typically use 165 for 45 seconds for most greens. The wet leaves smell like tobacco, which is very off-putting for me (I just won’t smell them next time). The tea is a light yellow-green color and smells lightly vegetal. The flavor is very light and sweet. After thinking about it for a while, I feel like it tasted “yeasty” which isn’t necessarily bad, I just can’t find another flavor to describe it! It definitely doesn’t have the same “seaweed” or “steamed green bean” flavor that other green teas have. There’s a slightly smoky element to it. Overall, there’s nothing to make me say “wow” about this tea, but there’s nothing wrong with it either and I’m looking forward to the next cup.
Flavors: Smoke, Vegetal, Yeast