TEA Black Pearl Gunpowder


  • While Black Pearl Gunpowder teas are relatively new to the Western World, legend pegs the existence of this special brew at least as far back as the golden age of pirates. Oral history in Yunnan maintains that in those days, a European pirate ship turned up at a village port carrying a load of starving, blood-thirsty pirates, fresh from crossing the East China Sea. Upon arrival, the pirates began terrorizing the village, demanding food, drink and ammunition so they might continue their quest to roam and pillage. With 24 hours to comply with their demands, the village elders called a meeting to order. At the meeting, the elders decided to provide food and drink to the swashbucklers, but wisely determined that handing over ammunition would probably not work in their favor. Their reasoning being that this would allow the pirates to fire their cannons, which could then be used against them. Scrambling to find a solution, a tea farmer raised his hand. His fresh crop of black tea could be rolled to look like gunpowder and packed in crates, he reasoned. By handing over the tea, the village could buy time to summon a nearby garrison before the pirates realized they’d been duped.
    And so, the villager got to work, rolling and packing the black gunpowder. Amazingly, the pirates accepted the tea and set sail. Discovering they’d been had, they sailed back to the village, but by then the garrison had arrived and quickly put the pirates down. To this day, Black Gunpowder tea is manufactured according to the ancient tradition. Tea is plucked, dried and hand-rolled to produce the signature gunpowder shape. In the cup, the tea is bright and golden, with hints of earth and mild astringency. Revenge as they say, can be delicious.
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  • 1.1oz/30g/24+ Cup Equivalent (Including 2nd Steep)

    All teas come in a beautiful glass vessel with glass lid for storage. Capacity is based on weight as all teas differ in density. Collect them all and order refills in recyclable bags!

    BLACK TEA BENEFITS: Digestion, Immunity, Energy Levels and Heart Health

    • HOT: Place one slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea for each 7-9oz/200-260ml of water in the strainer. Pour freshly boiled water over tea and steep 3-7 minutes. Add milk & sugar to taste, if desired.
    • ICED: (1qt/ltr) Place 6 slightly heaping teaspoons loose tea into teapot. Pour 1¼ cup/316ml boiling water over tea and steep 5minutes. Quarter fill serving pitcher with cold water. Pour into pitcher straining tea. Add ice, top-with cold water, garnish & sweeten to taste.

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    • GRADE: Gunpowder Superior


      CUP CHARACTER: Burgundy-like opening followed by notes of honey and finishing with light toast.