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)