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A truly excellent tea can be as layered and complex as a fine wine, and with a bit of practice you can learn to discern the exact origin...
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Some people count sheep to get to sleep. With 100 different teas to choose from, we’ve found a much better solution. True, our collection is huge. But you can choose to track down your tea by taste, by origin and even by number.
In 1886 our founder Walter Whittard set up his very first shop, filled floor-to-ceiling with the world’s finest tea, coffee and cocoa. Those brave new brews are now time-honoured classics and we’re still following our nose for the new…
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Before black tea captured the British imagination, green tea was the brew of choice for businessmen and bohemians alike. Back in the 18th and 19th centuries this was likely to have been a classic Chinese 'gunpowder' tea, fired in large drums for a smoky taste and tightly rolled to resemble pellets of gunpowder.
The ancient technique of rolling the leaves gave the tea a certain hardiness as it was transported across continents, preserving its distinctive flavour and aroma. As a result, gunpowder-style green tea became one of the most popular teas to export. It soon became a favourite tea in the Maghreb, used in the preparation of traditional North African mint tea for centuries. Our Gunpowder Green is a particularly bright, clean variety with a smooth sweetness and a smoke-tinged finish - beautiful brewed lightly for clarity of taste.
Smooth, sweet and slightly smoky
Camembert cheese creaminess is perfect with nutty flavour of tea
A classic palate-cleanser, rather nice for elevenses
Add one teaspoon (around 2g) of loose leaf tea per cup and use freshly drawn water heated to around 80 degrees. For the ideal temperature either pour the water before it reaches boiling point or allow the water to sit for 3-5 minutes after boiling. Allow to brew for 2-3 minutes according to taste. Best enjoyed without milk.
Gunpowder by Timothy on 24th February 2017
I've been drinking different brands of gunpowder for years, and the Whittard is in the top two. Smooth, strong green tea - great for late-night or any other time.
Great tea by Sophie on 7th July 2016
I love the green tea flavour from this tea and find it perfect to drink at work.
Not funny smell at all ! by Kristina on 13th April 2016
My favourite one more then a five years ! Doesn`t smell like cigarettes at all !
Nice tea! But funny smell! Not enough to put you off. by Laura O'Leary on 5th January 2016
This is nice tea, very balanced flavor but it smells like cigarettes! I passed it round the office and they smelt it too! But honest - taste wise, fine!!
The Chinese invented paper, gunpowder and the compass. But their finest innovation has to be tea, reputedly first discovered by the emperor Shen Nong in 2737 BCE. Originally prepared as a medicinal brew, tea became a drink in its own right during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), and today China produces thousands of different varieties ranging from black, green and white tea to oolong, puerh and yellow tea. If you’re looking for a bit of teatime reading take a look at Lu Yu’s ‘Tea Classic’: first written in 780 CE, it covers everything from cultivation methods to tea etiquette…
The number 8 is very lucky in Chinese, associated with prosperity. It seemed an auspicious number for our classic Gunpowder Green
For those looking for a more robust taste to their green tea, this wok-fired variety from China's Hunan Province might be just the ticket. The elegant blue-grey leaf takes its colour from the silvery buds picked early in the spring, and the infusion produces rich, roasted notes with a vibrant nutty complexity. There's even a floral sweetness to the finishMore Details
Go green, with this classic steamed green tea, famed for its lush, verdant taste. A good Sencha will have all the dewy freshness of a bright spring morning, matched with the softly savoury smoothness of melted butter. We've selected our signature style of Sencha for its strength, subtle sweetness and rich, refreshing taste. Beats a bowl of broccoli any dayMore Details
This nutty Japanese popcorn' tea is quite a concoction. When Japanese farmers first tried the trick of adding toasted rice to their tea, they soon realised that the springlike freshness of steamed Sencha was a surprisingly good match for crispy, roasted flavours. Curious, perhaps, but you have to admit it's truly deliciousMore Details
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