Gunpowder Green Tea | Zhū Chá

Tightly woven, olive green and gray pearls that produce a strong and spicy brew with slightly smoky aromas. These pellets resemble gunpowder from the 18th century, hence the name. Perfect for blending with mint leaves to create a famous cup of “Moroccan Mint” tea.

As the name already reveals this tea originates from Enshi, located in the Wuling Mountains in southwestern Hubei Province. With its fertile soil, lush vegetation, and picture-perfect four seasons, Enshi offers a paradise-like climate for tea cultivation: no harsh winters or scorching summers. Experience an average annual temperature around 17°C, a lengthy frost-free period, and abundant rainfall.

The first ever 'steamed' green teas, such as Enshi Yulu, were produced during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) in China. While the Japanese loved it and continued to improve the production method, steamed tea got out of fashion after the Tang. Today, virtually all Japanese green teas are produced through steaming. In contrast, the pan-frying method is still the standard for green teas in China.

Thus, from a historical perspective, Enshi Yulu can be regarded as an important tea, and we're glad that this tea has been making its comeback since the end of the 20th century.

Though the production of many Japanese green teas and Enshi Yulu both involve steaming, the taste is still quite different. Because Enshi Yulu is relatively lightly steamed, the effect of steaming on the end result is more nuanced compared to Japanese sencha.

Tea Province

Tea Region

Harvest Year

Tea Season

Hubei, China

Enshi, Wulingshan (879m)



Family tea farm
📍 Enshi, Wulingshan, China

Tasting notes

wheatgrass, spinach

steamed spinach, pine needles,

steamed spinach, sesame, fried egg


Tea amount

Water amount

Steeping time

80 °C

5 gram


10 sec (add 5 sec per steep for at least 3 steeps)


Tea amount

Water amount

Steeping time

80 °C

3 gram


40 sec

Du'sha tea jars

This chic and modern violet glass jar is perfect for tea storage and wonderfully sustainable. The glass is specially treated to protect natural products like herbs, spices, and tea from harmful sunlight, heat, and humidity. You can wash it by hand or in the dishwasher and reuse it indefinitely.

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