Green Classic Tea
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 8oz cup of filtered water, boiled and cooled to 75°C/167°F. Allow to brew 2 min.