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Full-bodied, rich and earthy with a slightly smoky, nutty character


Gunpowder tea, often called 'Pearl tea', is a green tea with a thick, strong honey-like taste, with a smoky, and coppery aftertaste. As the name implies, it is made up of green tea leaves hand-rolled into tiny pellets which resemble gunpowder. When brewed, gunpowder tea has a yellow appearance. While some gunpowder tea is machine rolled, our premium gunpowder is hand-rolled into very small pellets. Usually, the larger the pellets, the lower the quality of the tea. High-grade gunpowder tea will feature small, tightly-rolled pellets, often called pinheads. Gunpowder tea is recommended as a compliment to strong-tasting food.


organic Green Tea (Camelia Sinensis)


Serving Size: 2.5g /cup
Steeping Temp: 78°C
Steeping Time: 2 mins.
Origin: China
Caffeine: Medium Light
Certification: Organic
Grade or Quality: Leaf
Aroma: Earthy
Infusion Aroma: Earthy, light
Infusion Color: Golden Green
Infusion Strength: Medium
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Organic Gunpowder Tea Process

Making organic gunpowder tea involves several steps to ensure its distinctive rolled pellet form and maintain its organic integrity. First, organically grown tea leaves are withered to reduce their moisture content. Next, the leaves are steamed to soften them, making them pliable for rolling. Once softened, the leaves are rolled into small, tight pellets, a step traditionally done by hand but is now mostly performed by machines for all but the highest grades of tea. After rolling, the tea is dried to lock in its shape and preserve its flavour. This rolling and drying process helps protect the tea from physical damage during packaging and storage while allowing it to retain its robust flavour and aroma while adhering to organic standards.

History of Gunpowder Tea

Gunpowder tea, known in Chinese as 珠茶 (zhū chá) or "pearl tea," has a rich history that dates back to the Tang dynasty (618–907). This unique tea gets its English name from the resemblance of its rolled leaves to gunpowder pellets or from a Chinese phrase that phonetically resembles "gunpowder." The leaves are rolled into small, compact pellets, a method primarily used for green tea and sometimes oolong tea. This rolling technique helps the tea retain its flavour and aroma, ensuring a fresh and robust brew. While the rolling was originally done by hand, it is now typically performed by machines, except for the highest grades of gunpowder tea. This traditional tea has remained a popular choice for centuries, celebrated for its distinctive appearance and enduring taste.

Wholesale/Bulk Organic Gunpowder Tea Options

You can now purchase Organic Gunpowder Tea in wholesale and bulk quantities from Shanti Tea Importers, making it an ideal option for tea retailers and brands in the United States and Canada. This tea, known for its robust, slightly smoky flavour and distinctive pellet shape, is produced using organically grown leaves to ensure the highest quality and adherence to organic standards. Available for private and white-label customization, Organic Gunpowder Tea from Shanti Tea Importers allows you to tailor the packaging and branding to suit your specific needs. By partnering with Shanti Tea Importers, you can offer your customers a high-quality, enjoyable tea while enhancing your brand's product offerings.