Chinese gunpowder green tea and Pacific Northwest peppermint leaves.
No. 93: A little back-flip with a twist on our No. 39 Fez
Bring spring or freshly drawn filtered water to 185°F and pour 2 cups over sachet.
Steep 3 minutes, discard sachet and top off to one quart with filtered water.
Stir briskly and serve over ice.
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- Gunpowder Tea
- Peppermint Leaves
Chinese Green Tea
Gunpowder tea is a type of green tea rolled into small round pellets. Though its Chinese name translates to ‘pearl tea’, its English name is said to be derived from its resemblance to pelleted gunpowder used for cannons and muskets of the era. This rolling method allows tea leaves to stay fresh longer than other green teas due to its compressed form in addition to retaining more of its characteristic earthy flavor and aroma.
Anhui is an eastern Chinese province and home to the Huangshan Mountains. It is situated in a transitional zone between temperate and subtropical climates and known for its distinctive landscape of low-hanging clouds, unique granite rocks and twisted pines made famous by many classical paintings. Tea production in Anhui can be traced back to over 2,000 years ago and became a prized producing region for the imperial courts.
Pacific Northwest Botanical
The world’s most flavorful peppermint comes from the Pacific Northwest, where the summers are hot and dry. Ours is harvested just before it begins to flower, when the oil content is highest. After cutting, the plant is allowed to field dry. Then the stems are removed and the mint is sorted into uniform leaf sizes. With intense menthol and rich chocolate notes, Pacific Northwest peppermint is a real wakeup for your senses.
The Pacific Northwest is a region along the West Coast of the U.S., consisting of the states of Oregon and Washington. The Cascade Mountain Range, which cuts through the region from north to south, acts as distinct divider of landscape and climate, with the west side receiving ample rain, creating a lush evergreen environment, while the east remains arid, creating a high desert environment. While Peppermint has historically been grown on both sides, it is now primarily grown east of the Cascades and harvested in the summer.