Temple of Heaven Pearl Tea

Size : 50g


  • Appearance : Clear, honey coloured liquor.
  • Aroma : Smoky, almond.
  • Flavour : Robust, smoky, almond, savoury umami notes, summer grass.
  • Mouthfeel : Full-bodied, soothing, sweet/smoky lingering aftertaste.


  • Measure 2g of tea per cup (200ml). Boil filtered water to 80 °C. Steep for 1 minute.
  • Makes a good second brew too. You may increase steeping time with 30 seconds - 1 minute.

Temple of Heaven Pearl Tea, Zhejian Province of China.


Enjoyed for centuries since the Tang Dynasty, Green Pearl Tea is a traditional Chinese Tea. Superior quality green tea leaves are tightly rolled into tiny pearls and dried over wood fires, taking on a subtle smokiness in the process.

In the west, pearl tea is sometimes known as "gunpowder" tea, getting its name from the shot-like appearance of the rolled tea leaves.

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.

While gunpowder tea's rolling process locks in flavour, we also foil-wrap this large leaf blend to ensure it reaches you as fresh as the day it was dried.

Not only does it boast a rich green tea flavour, our Gunpowder Supreme is also packed with antioxidants and is known to aid healthy digestion, making it a wonderfully restorative, soothing infusion.