Gunpowder tea also known as pearl tea originated from the province of Zheijing in China. Its name is from the leaves that are forcefully rolled, it is a gunpowder-like manifestation and it has a to some extent foggy taste.
The gunpowder tea is categorized into the green tea section. It has a stronger taste compared to that of the most other Chinese tea specifically the green teas. This tea is also produced or made in Taiwan and Sri Lanka and these varieties bear a resemblance to oolong tea compared to that of green tea.
But If you are wondering how to brew the gunpowder tea, here are the simple steps:
The first thing that you must do in order for you to make this is you heat the water reaching the temperature of 158 to 176 degrees of Fahrenheit. In order to preheat the gaiwan you use some of the water or you may use the Chinese tea brewing cup or even the teapot as well as the tea cups that you are just using in your houses.
The second step to do is you put 1 tablespoon of tea inside the brewing vessel and that is for around 5 ounces of water. You then pour the hot water inside the gaiwan or inside your teapot and then you let the leaves just float with a loose knot inside the cup and then after it is you may use the lid as you strainer.
After it is you may precipitous the tea for like 1 minute and that is for the first steeping. When it is about time for you to use again the leaves of the tea then you have to increase the time for the steeping for like about 15 to 30 seconds. That is applicable for each additional steeping. Meaning, ever steep, you add the number of seconds between 15 and 30.
The last step would be by tasting a small sip of the tea. The purpose of this is for you to check if the taste is just right for or if you would like drinking it having that kind of taste. It is preferable for you to use your own taste preference and your experiment in order for you to come across the brewing time that is allotted for the specific type of tea. Now, when the taste of the tea becomes bitter that said your steeping process became too long. You have to know how long the best steeping process is so that the taste of your tea would be right. It is not that bitter and not that sweet.
When the taste of the tea is already alright for you, it is now ready to be served. You may serve it in a hot or cold way. But of course, it is preferable to be served hot so that the smoky effect and the taste would be more appreciated and so that the person who could taste it would be pleased about and realize that it is indeed a gunpowder tea.