#510 Sea captains ferrying precious cargoes back to the west dubbed this granular tea "gunpowder" in reference to that common tool of warfare. This tumble-fired Chinese classic comes in many grades, the finest of which is Temple of Heaven. The choicest leaves and buds make the smallest “pellets,” which render an olive-colored cup when brewed, slightly sweet and strikingly nutty. A second infusion is usually possible.
Preparation: 3 g tea leaves (1 level teaspoon) per 8 oz cup of filtered water, boiled and cooled to 80°C/176°F. Allow to brew 2 min.