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20 Feb 2013

Gunpowder Green by The Persimmon Tree

Author: DaisyChubb | Filed under: Review, Tea

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If you are a lover of smoky teas but haven’t found a green to please your palate, Gunpowder Green from The Persimmon Tree may just be the tea you’re looking for.

This is the second review in my The Persimmon Tree review series!  Here’s a snippet from the website of the benefits of Green Tea, Gunpowder specifically:

“Studies show that green gunpowder tea organic (due primarily to its anti-oxidizing properties) can help in the following ways:

  • Countering fatigue, laziness, sleepiness and lack of energy
  • Improving blood circulation
  • Boosting immunity
  • Toning muscles and skin (anti-aging)
  • Eliminating toxins from the body
  • Reducing chances of cancer
  • Reducing cholesterol
  • Increasing cardiac and arterial health
  • Reducing blood-glucose levels (good for diabetics)
  • Aiding weight loss (enhancing the rate of metabolism)
  • Boosting stamina and endurance” (Source: Organic Green Gunpowder Tea by The Persimmon Tree)

Many people want to drink more green tea for it’s anti-oxidant and other health benefits. I personally am not much of a “drink tea for the health” person – I love the taste! It’s my drink of choice, if it’s healthy, that’s just the cherry on top! If you can find the perfect green tea for your tastes, it’s a joy to brew a cup (or many!) a day.

Green tea can be overbrewed if you steep for too long or with water that is too hot! That causes some people to dislike green tea, well, try brewing this tea (or other greens) at 175 degrees for 2-3 minutes. Take a sip and see if you can taste the delicate sweetness and the vegetal astringency. A bite on the tongue rather than a bitter mess! Try it, it’s worth it.

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Lately I’ve been craving teas with a smoky character. Gunpowder Green is not as smoky as a campfire (Lapsang Souchong) but has a gentle warming quality that reminds me slightly of a Genmaicha, without the rice flavour. It’s hard to describe, but every sip fills the senses and warms from the inside out. It’s a lovely winter/spring tea, but here’s how I like to drink it in the summer:

Make your own Moroccan Mint! Add 1 tsp fresh or dry mint to 1 tsp Gunpowder Green tea. Brew at 175 degrees for 5 minutes, add 1 tsp sugar or sweetener of your choice. Pour over ice and enjoy – the smoky sweet minty iced tea is SO refreshing – I can’t wait for warm weather so I can brew some up! Until then I will snuggle up with a hot cup of straight Gunpowder Green.

Thank you to The Persimmon Tree for allowing me to do this series of reviews. The Persimmon Tree is a tea company located in sunny California with high ethical standards regarding the environment, organic product, fair-trade and health! Check them out on Facebook, and stay tuned for more!

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