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Numi Temple of Heaven Gunpowder Green Tea

A Very Enjoyable Organic Gunpowder Green Tea

Summary : This green tea, which is organic, has a very nice, subtle and non-bitter taste...just as a gunpowder green tea should. While not quite as good as some loose-leaf gunpowder green teas I've had, for a bagged tea, this one from Numi Teas is first-rate.

Review : Heartfelt confession here. I always, repeat always, am "just a bit leery" of trying bagged green teas. I've just been burned by so many bad ones that I just can't help but feel a bit of trepidation whenever I try a bagged green tea, even when those teas originate from premium bagged tea brands such as Numi Teas and Tazo.

And so it was with a bit of dread that the tea I mindlessly plucked out of my Numi sampler box was a gunpowder green tea. Should I put it back? Should I ignore it...hoping it might go away? Should I open up the bag and see what effect the tea leaves might have on my cat? Or, should I summon up the courage and give this bagged (yikes!) tea a try?

Ultimately, courage won the day, and I went off and gave this tea from Numi Teas a try.

Here is how Numi describes this tea : "Our whole leaf Temple of Heaven - Gunpowder Green Tea is gently steamed within hours of being plucked, then skillfully hand rolled into small tight pearls. This process preserves its delicate flavor and aroma far longer than other green teas. Steeped in hot water, the leaves unfurl, releasing a well-rounded, full-bodied flavor. Rich in fluoride, calcium, and anti-oxidants - and with very little caffeine - this is a perfect choice to greet the evening."

This organic green tea from Numi contains the following ingredients : Whole Leaf Gunpowder Green Tea pearls.

The aroma of this tea was pretty much what I expected...rather surprisingly. This tea actually smelled very similar to organic gunpowder loose leaf teas I've tried. The aroma was a tad weaker, of course...but still unmistakeable. And so I took this as a good sign.

Happily, the flavor of the tea didn't disappoint. For those who have never had gunpowder green tea before, the taste is very subtle, very light and yet has a hint of sweetness about it. Truthfully, gunpowder green tea is probably my favorite "straight green tea."

The taste of this green tea from Numi thankfully tasted exactly like what a gunpowder green tea should taste like. The flavor was light, the taste was subtle and yes....no bitterness here! About my only complaint, of which I wasn't surprised about, is that the flavor of the tea was a "bit weak" if you compared it to a quality loose-leaf gunpowder green tea. But still...for a bagged green tea...I truthfully had no complaints.

The after-taste of this green tea is fleeting at best. But, then again, green teas don't exactly have the worlds most powerful of after-tastes to begin with, so no real surprise there. Still, what little after-taste there is sort of disappears very quickly...and isn't nearly as strong as compared to a loose-leaf gunpowder green tea.

Recommendation : Yes. For a bagged, supermarket brand green tea, this tea from Numi is excellent. The flavor is exactly what a gunpowder green tea should taste like. My only real complaint is that when stacked up against a good loose-leaf gunpowder green tea, the flavor is weaker than I would like. But oh well...can't have everything in life. And bagged teas are indeed convenient.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Temple of Heaven Gunpowder Green Tea
  • Manufacturer : Numi Teas
  • Available from : Numi Tea at Amazon
  • Type of Tea : Green Tea
  • Leaf Type : Bagged
  • Date of Review : February 10th, 2007
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Bring cold water to boil. Let cool briefly to just below boiling. Pour over tea bag. Let brew 2-4 minutes. A 3 minute steep time was used for this review.

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