drank Black Dragon Pearls by Teavana
1395 tasting notes

I enjoyed every sip of my large glass of Teavana Black Dragon Pearls. Once again, it is becoming clear that the single-origin teas are carefully “curated” by this company. (There I go using the fantastically fashionable but ultimately vacuous mot du jour…)

Apparently, ordering the holiday collection on clearance was not the best way to approach this company’s wares. I disliked nearly everything in that set, and some of the blends achieved the distinction of being not just meh but positively repellent. If you have not tried the “chunks o’ food” line, and you are a true tea aficionado, I encourage you to focus only on the single-origin teas (and I mean TEAS) chez Teavana. The chunk o’ food blends are best avoided, in my view, along with the pushy sales associates. I have only met a couple SAs who did not make me want to run full speed out of the store. So my best advice is: order single-origin teas online, preferably on sale!

Back to Black Dragon Pearls. Gosh this was good. Smooth, creamy, deep and naturally sweet with a bittersweet chocolate finish. I cannot wait to reinfuse these beautiful leaves once again! The pearls are quite large, so for three grams I used only five balls in a 10 ounce glass. I hate to say this, but as they began to unravel they looked a bit like turds—this coming from someone who cared for a neuropathic cat (HRH Emperor Oliver) who required hands-on bathroom assistance at least twice a day during the final years of his life. May He rest in peace:


This tea is very good!

(Blazing New Rating #38)

Flavors: Chocolate

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

Looks like he was a special cat!


yyz: very special, indeed!


Their SAs scare me too.

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Looks like he was a special cat!


yyz: very special, indeed!


Their SAs scare me too.

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Update: 28 September 2014.

On the above date, I officially went on strike and stopped posting tasting notes at Steepster, having endured more than two months of this site’s complete and utter dysfunctionality.

Today is November 1, 2014. I write now to announce that I’ll be launching my new blog, sherapop’s tea leaves, in the not too distant future…

A long-time tea and perfume lover, I have recently begun to explore the intersections between the two at my blog: http://salondeparfum-sherapop.blogspot.com//

I participate at fragrance community websites, and I care about tea as much as perfume, so why not belong to Steepster as well?

A few words about my ratings. In assessing both teas and perfumes, my evaluation is “all things considered.” Teas do not differ very much in price (relative to perfumes or any luxury items), so I do not usually consider the price when rating a tea.

What I do consider is how the particular tea compares to teas of its own type. So I might give a high rating to a fine herbal infusion even though I would never say that it is my favorite TEA. But if it’s good for what it is, then it deserves a high rating. There is no point in wishing that a chamomile blend was an Assam or a sencha tea!

Any rating below 50 means that I find the liquid less desirable to drink than plain water. I may or may not finish the cup, depending upon how thirsty I am and whether there is another hot beverage or (in summertime) a source of fresh water available.

From 50 to 60 indicates that, while potable, the tea is not one which I would buy or repurchase, if I already made the mistake (I have learned) of purchasing it.

From 60 to 70 means that the tea is drinkable but I have criticisms of some sort, and I probably would not purchase or repurchase the tea as I can think of obvious alternatives which would be better.

From 70 to 80 is a solid brew which I would purchase again.

From 80 to 90 is good stuff, and I probably need to have some ready at hand in my humble abode.

From 90 to 100 is a tea (or infusion) which I have come to depend on and look forward to imbibing again and again—if possible!

If you are interested in perfume, you might like my 2300+ perfume reviews, most of which have been archived at sherapop’s sillage (essentially my perfumelog):



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