Mount Vernon Gunpowder Tea
George and Martha Washington were renowned for their elegant and welcoming hospitality at "that hospitable mansion", Mount Vernon. For entertaining family, friends, and dignitaries on warm Virginia days, the piazza served as a welcome venue for late afternoon or evening tea.
Featured in the Tea with Martha Washington series on the Estate, this tea was commonly served in the 18th century. Gunpowder are green tea “pearls” which expand and steep when put in hot water. Refreshing lemon and light vegetable. An excellent green tea for everyday brewing. Witness the "agony of the tea leaf" as the tightly rolled leaves fitfully unfurl to fully expand in hot water. This "leaf from America's tea heritage" comes from Oliver Pluff & Co, Charleston, SC. The tea canister contains 4 ounces of loose tea.