2496 Tasting Notes
Now something unsweet to get me back on track.
I first encountered Black Dragon Pearls at Teavana years ago. I fell in love with them. So yummy, so malty, so chocolatey, so good. I was addicted. In fact, for awhile that was my breakfast tea, every day. They were that good. I use 6 pearls usually, which is about twice as many as suggested.
Sadly, they don’t have them anymore. They will tell you that Golden Monkey is the same tea, but I don’t think so.
I haven’t had them for quite some time now, & I think I’m on a quest to discover who has the best pearls. Maybe I’ll never find pearls that taste THAT good, maybe it’s a myth my mind created, maybe it was just where I was at at that time that made them seem so special…just my imagination?
Anyway, Adagio’s pearls are nicely tasty. A little malt, a little chocolate, a pleasant full mouth.
I guess I’m gonna order some pearls from Mandala & TeaVivre, & whoever else has them for comparison.
Let the quest begin!
Bilbo has returned!
Say what you like about Adagio’s tea base, which admittedly leaves room for improvement, but this tea is absolutely delicious! This is my own personal favorite Cara McGee blend, & although I tend to start my day with a nice bold unsweet black, I do make exceptions. Drew & I fixed breakfast & he actually picked the tea, which we drank a rather large pot of. This blend is a bold Irish breakfast, with sweet potato, vanilla green, & cinnamon. Lightly sweetened with stevia, it was the perfect accompaniment to the hearty Frittata we whipped up.
It’s also very tasty straight.
We all love this one so much that we bought the 6 oz tin, which apparently is no longer available.
This tea has come up a few times recently on here, & so I decided today was the day to bring it out of hiding & enjoy it.
“No MOAR hoarding!” I can hear Sil shouting all the way from Toronto.
“My Preciousssss….” Bonnie calls out from Colorado.
Ah, but this IS the exception, Sil.
Sorry Bonnie, this is my Birthday Present.
I’ve been sipping from these leaves for hours. I kept sipping while a few students came & went, tea & music go so nicely together.
I took a break from the leaves & worked in my Blackberry patch, pulling weeds, repairing trellis, training the canes, & inhaling the aroma of the mulched leaves & such that cover the ground beneath my berry bushes. The aroma reminded me of this tea. It reminded me that this tea was waiting for me. I finished my work & returned to the leaves, & I’ve been sipping ever since.
I’m still fairly new to Puerhs. This is the oldest Shu I’ve had. This is also the best Shu I’ve had. I love this tea.
I got home from the PO to discover that my Adagio order has arrived!
This was the first tea I wanted to sample, which is silly because I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas & especially not berry flavored stuff, and
this is a blend of blackberry (black tea), raspberry patch, & wild strawberry. So why did I buy it? LOL, cuz I loved the name & the description. How could I not?
It brews up to a deep red, resembling thin blood, LOL.
I made a small pot, which was shared with Drew & one of my students. Everyone agreed it was tasty, resembling a mixed berry jello in flavor (with stevia added). I think it will be especially good over ice!
@ Sil: Of course! I’ve started a new box for you, BTW. It may be awhile before I send it, but I’m just gonna throw samples in there as I try new things until it’s full enough to ship. :D
Sometimes when I need to get some things done, I’ll pick one thing, set an alarm for an hour, & just work until the alarm goes off. I get a 15 minute break, & start again. That’s what I’ve been doing today. I started with the kitchen & then moved on to my sun room. My sunroom houses a variety of plants, & over the winter it becomes especially crowded when I bring in my 3 dwarf citrus trees: A Kumquat, a Meyer Lemon, & a Key Lime. I ate the lemons & limes in the fall, & I’ve been enjoying a kumquat once or twice a week for a few months now. I moved all 3 plants to their summer location the other day, & now I’m cleaning up their mess. The floor in that room, which is really just an enclosed porch with lots of windows, is littered with leaves & flower petals. Break time came, & so I have enjoyed the sipdown of this tea.
According to Teavana, this is the same tea they use for their Black Dragon Pearls, which they are no longer carrying. The reason they are no longer carrying it is because they can’t find it at ‘a high enough quality anymore’. That’s what they told me. I loved those pearls. They say this is the tea they are made from, but quite honestly, it’s not the same, IMO. However, it’s not a bad cup, but like all things Teavana, there are much better teas out there in the world, especially for the price.
Timer just went off as I was taking my last sip, so back to work for me!