Persimmon Tree Tea’s Gunpowder

It’s been about a month and a half since I shared a tea experience, so here’s a quick one: Gunpowder green tea from Persimmon Tree Tea.

I have to admit, the biggest draw for trying this tea was the name. It’s not often I run across teas with tough-sounding names, and from reading the description, I was really curious.

We gave this one a try on a weekend, so I made this tea up for my husband and my mom while I was at it. He didn’t have much to say about it, but it was Mom’s first cup of real green tea. So what was it like?

Smoky. Definitely smoky.
I hadn’t known what to expect, but it definitely suits its name. While it definitely tastes like a good green tea, it has a little more of a bitter bite than the other green teas I’ve tried. It has a strong smoke flavor at first, which fades to a rich and earthy taste on the tongue. This is where the “bite” comes in; enough to make it stand out as a stronger tea than green teas I’ve sampled previously, but not enough to make it unpleasant or make me feel like it needs sweetening. All three of us drank it straight.

Most interesting in this tea’s experience is the sensation that came after swallowing. The smoky flavor comes back as a pleasant aftertaste, and it leaves a peculiar feeling in the throat. Warm and flowing, feeling like the caress of a plume of smoke.

Altogether pleasant, though I think it better suited to autumn and winter than the blistering hundred-degree day we tried it on!

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