This style of tea gets its name from the shot-like appearance of the rolled tea leaves. It’s renowned for its full-bodied flavor and is stronger than many green teas. ‘Gunpowder’ became a popular tea processing method as rolling the pellets locks in the flavor 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. Gunpowder tea is now enjoyed all over the world. In North Africa, it’s served ceremoniously with lashings of sugar and fresh mint. Elsewhere it’s popular as a brisk, refreshing cuppa brewed with just hot water.