Gunpowder Special Grade - Teasource

Tea :      Gunpowder Special Grade


Website: Gunpowder Special Grade

Website description: The name says it all. A coarse , viscous body with a dark, grain/wheat-like cup. Intense. 

Brewing Specs

Water:  240 ml/ approximately 8 oz

Temperature:  175 F

Steep Time: 3 minutes for 3 gm

My Review System:

My Overall Impression (Score of 85%)

I’m now really starting to understand the lore of green tea.  This is one of my first ones purchased and I love its value and amazing properties. It’s a very well-balanced cup allowing for easy drinking.  Even though it’s grassy, I was searching for little nuances.  There is a touch of sediment from the leaf structure but minor.

For the value, its worth purchasing.  As of 1/23/23, the price for 2 oz on their website is $6.  Broken down:

  • 2 oz (w)= app 56 gm
  • 56 gm / 3 gm for steeping = 18 cups
  • 18 cups from package = app 33 cents per cup

I double steep (use the tea twice) so I can get 36 cups from 2 oz or app cost of 17 cents per cup.  This is a great value for a highly ranked tea.


  • Opening the package shows dried grass and green leaves (similar to green bean leaves)
  • Once steeped, the green tones carry throughout the profile.
  • Hint of smoke and musty wet leaf but far from unpleasant


  • Very smooth mouthfeel is a touch thicker than normal.
  • Very light delicate flavors.
  • Has citrus peel astringency without the taste.
  • Hints of dried parsley, light malt, and dried apple/pear.
  • Wheat tones are throughout the profile and are exceptionally pleasant.


  • Aromas (4.25/5)
  • Flavors (8.25/10)
  • Overall impression (4.5/5)
  • Total score = 85 percent (17/20)

Foods to Pair

  • Fresh milled wheat bread.
  • Fresh bruised kale salad.
  • Tabouleh salad with a tea infused vinaigrette.
  • Baked whitefish with herbs.
  • Stir fry green vegetables.
  • Fried green tomatoes with herb de Provence cream dipping sauce.

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