Temple of Heaven Pearl Tea
2020 Spring Harvest - Zhejiang province, China
A robust and satisfying green tea with smoked almond notes enjoyed for centuries since the Tang Dynasty. Crafted just like old times with superior quality green tea leaves tightly rolled into tiny pearls and dried over wood fires, taking on a subtle smokiness in the process.
Clear, honey-coloured liquor
- Aroma: Smoky, almond
- Flavour: Robust, smoked almond, savoury umami notes, summer grass
- Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, soothing, smoky lingering aftertaste
- Measure 2g of tea per teacup (150-200ml). Boil filtered water to 80℃ and pour over the leaves. Steep for 1 minute.
- Makes a good second brew. You may increase steeping time by 30 seconds - 1 minute.
Pearl Tea is renowned for its full-bodied flavour and is stronger than many green teas. ‘Gunpowder’ became a popular tea processing method as rolling the pellets locks in the flavour and aromas, releasing them again once they’re steeped in hot water. The tea also proved robust when being shipped, in comparison to other whole leaf teas. This made distribution across the continents easier, with traders safe in the knowledge that their tea would arrive with its quality intact.
To create this superior infusion, our Tea Masters source the youngest, largest leaves from the Zhejiang province of China. It’s only these high-quality leaves that can withstand the ‘gunpowder’ process of withering, steaming, rolling and then fire-drying.
Not only does it boast a rich green tea flavour, but our Green Pearl Tea is also packed with antioxidants and is known to aid healthy digestion, making it a wonderfully restorative, soothing infusion.
In the West, Pearl Tea is known as “gunpowder” tea, getting its name from the shot-like appearance of the rolled tea leaves.