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drank Black Dragon Pearls by Teavana
318 tasting notes

The first time I had this, I was underwhelmed by the comparison to Teavivre’s.

This one is better brewed Western-style, I think.

And as I’m sitting here printing out literally hundreds of papers for my Creative Writing class (no text, just 20 odd PDFs of poems and stories that we have to print out) I figured it was a good time to give this one another go.

Steeped with water a little bit hotter than Teavana recommends – I used just-off-boiling instead of 195. But it’s still good. It’s rich and thick, and it’s not overly astringent the way it was the first time I had it. It reminds me a bit of late winter, when the leaves have all fallen off he trees and the sky is dark and grey – it feel s like it would fit in there pretty well. Good tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Daniel Scott

I have yet to find a “mall tea” that holds up to a gong fu style of brewing, honestly, if that’s what you mean by saying it’s better Western style. They all tend to be hopelessly tasteless unless blown out by a longer steep, and a 30-second steep or whatever will basically taste like hot water with middling tea dipped in it. A waste of tea.

Michelle

Ha, that’s what I meant. I don’t mind too much, because I feel like I waste the Teavivre dragon pearls if I steep a mug of it, but sometimes I want the taste without going through a whole ritual. It would be nice if it were a bit more versatile, but I’m not too bothered.

James R

I agree, Teavivre’s are far superior, and I think the price is better too!

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Daniel Scott

I have yet to find a “mall tea” that holds up to a gong fu style of brewing, honestly, if that’s what you mean by saying it’s better Western style. They all tend to be hopelessly tasteless unless blown out by a longer steep, and a 30-second steep or whatever will basically taste like hot water with middling tea dipped in it. A waste of tea.

Michelle

Ha, that’s what I meant. I don’t mind too much, because I feel like I waste the Teavivre dragon pearls if I steep a mug of it, but sometimes I want the taste without going through a whole ritual. It would be nice if it were a bit more versatile, but I’m not too bothered.

James R

I agree, Teavivre’s are far superior, and I think the price is better too!

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Michelle, 19. College student: upstate NY.

I really enjoy tea, British television and theatre. I read a lot, write a lot, dream a lot.

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