75
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Teavana
1957 tasting notes

I only ordered two teas from Teavana during their Heavenly Sale, but this was one of them. I remembered hearing good things about this tea, and I was out of black dragon pearls, which I love. At that price, how could I not have bought 2oz? I used 5 pearls for my 12oz mug, as is my usual dose when I drink this type of tea.

It smells good, but I also can’t quite place the notes in the aroma. Some toasted grains, perhaps, and maybe a hint of chocolate, but it doesn’t smell powerfully chocolatey. The flavor is good. Definitely notes of cocoa powder, with some slight honey-molasses notes without the sweetness. In comparison to Teavivre’s Black Dragon Pearls, it’s the natural sweetness (and hyper chocolatey-ness) that I’m missing. I won’t have any problems drinking these pearls, but I won’t really crave them like I crave the Teavivre pearls. I have yet to find an example that I like better than that one!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Tea Sipper

ZenTeaLife.com has amazingly priced Phoenix Pearls that are great to me, but I haven’t tried any similar teas to compare. The Teavivre sound delicious though!

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Tea Sipper

ZenTeaLife.com has amazingly priced Phoenix Pearls that are great to me, but I haven’t tried any similar teas to compare. The Teavivre sound delicious though!

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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