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My Silk Road Tea order arrived this afternoon and of course I had to try the Dragon Balls first. I was prepared for something a bit larger than a jasmine pearl and a bit smaller than one of those round gum balls. What I got was full-throttle testicle sized balls!

Anyhow, I put a ball into a glass tea pot and put in some just not boiled water and removed it to the dining room table, in scientific mode, to see how the ball would unfurl.

I was joined by my grey cat who is known as Bongo or Princess Annie or “mon frère”, depending on which member of my household you happen to be. He stared, utterly enchanted, at the slow unwinding of the dragon ball. At first it seemed to be resisting the heat and looked like a huge wad of chewing tobacco stuck in the cheek of a New York Yankee. Then slowly and subtly, the ball began to disintegrate. The cat and I were both captivated. It may have been something like watching an elderly movie star remove her make-up to reveal the ruins underneath. It ended up in a long-leaved mound and looked a bit like one of Monet’s paintings of hay-stacks in my glass pot.

The ball took five minutes to become a large mound and I thought it was high time to drink it (I had been making some experimental pours throughout). The water was a deep amber and indeed I thought that perhaps it would sport the kidney taste redolent of a tad of urine. Dragon Ball tea is indeed a bit funky, but not like urine. It’s more like the taste of decorous garden greens taken from a nut-growing plantation.

Oolings are rapidly becoming a favorite brew for me. They are subtle and they make me think seriously hard to pin down my characterization of their taste. I don’t think that there are enough analogies, similes, and metaphors to cover, adequately, the world of tea. I’m thrilled that I will get three or more steeps from my first ever Dragon Ball!

SECOND Steep: When I poured in the water, the Monet hay-stack collapsed into a pile of long delicate leaves. The second steep reinforces my favorable opinion. The aroma is delicate, nutty and floral and this time I can taste some buttery malt—subtle but certainly there. The color is a deeper amber because I gave it an extra 30 seconds. This tea is delightful on its own, but the name and the slow unfurling of the big ball make it a real conversation piece as well.
P.S. Thank you very much to Erin who told me how to bold text.

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Meghann M

How do you bold text? I couldn’t figure it out.

The name of this alone made me want to try the tea, but your description of how the ball unfurled makes me want to see this myself!

~lauren.

Boy, sometimes, some posts make me feel very naive, especially “perhaps it would sport the kidney taste redolent of a tad of urine”. But glad for you that this tea ended up tasting of something else entirely! And oh, check this out on the Steepster discussions: http://tinyurl.com/yjgs8gf – there’s some help with text modifications.

Doulton

Thank you for posting that, Lauren! I didn’t know about it before at all.

And anyone who tries this must put it in a glass pot. I know that teas generally look better in glass, but some greens and oolongs really look at their best in glass.

Ricky

Woah, this is pretty cool!

Do images work too!??!

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Ricky

Guess not =(

__Morgana__

Wow, I’m glad my job isn’t harvesting dragon balls. Way to get singed big time. Lol. But seriously (or just not as unseriously), this sounds so intriguing. I must get me some dragon balls!

Mel

Per ball, to brew, do you use 6-8 oz water?

Doulton

Yes, or even a bit more. I think I used a 12-16 ounce tea pot once and it was strong enough.

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Meghann M

How do you bold text? I couldn’t figure it out.

The name of this alone made me want to try the tea, but your description of how the ball unfurled makes me want to see this myself!

~lauren.

Boy, sometimes, some posts make me feel very naive, especially “perhaps it would sport the kidney taste redolent of a tad of urine”. But glad for you that this tea ended up tasting of something else entirely! And oh, check this out on the Steepster discussions: http://tinyurl.com/yjgs8gf – there’s some help with text modifications.

Doulton

Thank you for posting that, Lauren! I didn’t know about it before at all.

And anyone who tries this must put it in a glass pot. I know that teas generally look better in glass, but some greens and oolongs really look at their best in glass.

Ricky

Woah, this is pretty cool!

Do images work too!??!

!http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.steepster.com/avatars/3893/small.png!

Ricky

Guess not =(

__Morgana__

Wow, I’m glad my job isn’t harvesting dragon balls. Way to get singed big time. Lol. But seriously (or just not as unseriously), this sounds so intriguing. I must get me some dragon balls!

Mel

Per ball, to brew, do you use 6-8 oz water?

Doulton

Yes, or even a bit more. I think I used a 12-16 ounce tea pot once and it was strong enough.

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I really love big, bold, brash teas. Smokiness enthralls me. I don’t seem to do subtle.
I don’t do rooibos.

My rating system:
0-30:
Never again in a hundred million years

31-55: This tea probably has some redeeming qualities but I won’t would not seek it out again.

56-70:
Shows some promise but also has a fundamental flaw. I probably owe these a second taste but am unmotivated.

71-80:
Good with at least one strong quality; I probably would not buy it but would drink it cheerfully.

81-90: Worthy contenders; they might be ranked 100 on somebody’s else’s scale. I like them a lot but have not fallen in love. Will probably buy and use.

91-95: These are the true loves, the chosen ones, the ones I dream about and crave. Unless they are in a limited edition—la! how you tease me!—I will always keep in my cupboard.

96-100: I cannot be separated from these teas and would develop a panic attack if I were to run out.

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Tea which must be in stock always:

Black Dragon LS by Upton Teas: My choice every morning.

Florence & Lapsang Souchong by Harney & Sons

a good Gen Maicha

Samovar: Russian Blend, Maiden’s Ecstasy, Ryokucha

Mariage Frères: Confucious, Vivaldi, Eros, Aida, Marco Polo

American Tea Room: Brioche

Leland Teas: Bogart

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