Love the flavor and watching the balls open slowly adds extra points to this tea.
“Thanks to Lena for sharing this with me! First off, the dry leaves (balls) smell like someone sprinkled cocoa on them… not my cat but rather the baking powder. Really surprising. I had a...” Read full tasting note
“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....” Read full tasting note
“Backlogging from last night. I tried adding milk to this tea but it pretty much killed the rich, earthy, cocoa-y flavour of the tea, just leaving behind the tanin-y/smokey flavour (I think...” Read full tasting note
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Hailing from the Yunnan province, this black tea version of the popular Dragon Pearl is naturally sweet and smooth with a touch of earthiness. Comprised of only the highest quality leaves and buds, expertly rolled into a large pearl-like shape. Subtle cocoa notes whisper gently as each pearl unfurls delivering a superior tea experience not to be missed.
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Definitely has slight hints of cocoa. I use about 3 pearls to 6oz boiling water for 3 minutes… 4 pearls for 8oz or for 6 if I’m in the mood for something stronger than usual. VERY good tea. I asked for more for Christmas in 2010 and despite having a large variety of teas, have already gone through one of the 4oz bags… Mostly at work. Note: Can be brewed in a gaiwan if you drink it within reason; does not turn bitter as quickly as some and can be rebrewed at least once or twice before it begins to get wimpy. I’ve also had luck brewing as I heat the water, in a microwave for 2 minutes on high using adagio’s ingenuiTEA, 4 pearls, and 8oz of water all at once. (You can also add the tea after heating the water, but whatever… I got lazy a few times.)
I’ve had this tea twice now and each time I steeped the “balls” twice. I love this tea. In my opinion, its a good quality black tea that adds a hint of something, maybe the cocoa? All I know is when I finish this sample I will definately be buying a larger quantity of it and am sharing it with some friends. To see if they feel the same way about the tea as I do.
This is my second cup of this tea. First time, I used 4 balls. This time, I went with 5. The flavor is definitely better, more intense with 5, but it doesn’t seem remarkably complex. Maybe my slightly-congested nose is masking some subtle notes, though.
Steeped 6 minutes at 212°F. Prepared in Adagio IngenuiTEA teapot.
I really enjoyed this. Reminds me of a smooth, clean, earl grey, without any substantial after taste or scent. I used two pearls, but I think one would be plenty for my taste in weak tea. I also assumed I could steep this without a filter, but the pearls unfurled completely and I got a mouth full of leaves.