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Gunpowder Loose Tea Pouch

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£4.00 RRP £6.00

Item Code: 272518 / Net weight: 125g / 4.41oz

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Perfect Paired With:

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This tea takes its name from the particular treatment of the leaves. Rolled into tight pearls, they were mistaken for gunpowder by 16th century traders. Our blend's grey-green leaves unfurl peacefully to produce a golden tea revealing a smooth, sweet, slightly smoky flavour. A perfect tea for a quiet, contemplative pause.

  • Origin


  • Tastes like

    Sweet and slightly smoky

  • When to drink



Brew the perfect cup

Ideally warm the pot first with a splash of hot water. Use one teaspoon (around 2g) per cup and use freshly drawn water which is heated to around 80 degrees. You can either pour the water before it reaches boiling point or allow the water to sit for a few minutes afterwards. Allow to brew for 2-3 minutes according to taste. Should be drunk without milk.

A note from Whittard

“I’m a big fan of our Mango & Bergamot – the coloured petals look lovely against the green tea leaves, and I like to store it in glass sweetshop jars on my kitchen shelf.”

- Marie Laure, Covent Garden Store Manager


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…

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* * * * * Delicious tea. by G Bryan on 23rd August 2013

A delicious green tea. Having recently visited China and seen how green tea is served, I now "wake up" the leaves with a splash of hot water into the cup then throw that water away. I continue to infuse the same leaves throughout the day, just brewing to a light straw colour each time. Economical and convenient - and even more delicious!

* * * * * Best green tea by Tom Stan on 7th January 2013

I was buying this tea in shops but found it increasingly more difficult do find. In the meantime, I was trying different brands and varieties but nothing comes close to the mild, sweet taste of Whittard's Gunpowder - I now understand why people don't like green tea, all others are bitter and unpleaseant but not this one. I often find myself craving to drink this tea, it's that good. Highly recommended!

* * * * * Fab! by R Souter on 23rd March 2012

Only place you can get really good loose green tea. Other brands are bitter and the tea leaves themselves are like dust. Please don't stop producing this.

* * * * * Gunpowder Tea by Norma Gosling on 26th February 2012

Deliciously subtle fragrance to this tea and is a completely superior product to tea in a tea-bag.

* * * * * gunpowder by Alan Peart on 13th February 2012

a really lovely green tea, and very economical in use, compared with tea bags.

* * * * * my fav so far by Courtney Higham on 27th December 2011

i really like this tea. it is great for first thing in the morning it seems to bring you around gently. the taste amazing, im not very good at describing flavours yet. but this is a great tea everyone should try

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