Black Dragon Pearls

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Earth, Malt, Molasses, Raisins, Wood
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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 g 7 oz / 216 ml

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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. We suggest using 2-3 Dragon Pearls per cup for a sublime tea drinking experience.

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6501 tasting notes

mmmmm this tea isn’t have bad. Either that, or I’ve lowered my expectation of Tealux slightly. Overall, depending on the pricing of these pearls compared to others, it might be worth carrying them as a back up staple in the cupboard. This is a decent black overall though. Not as malty or as robust as i’d like but not weak or astringent.


Uhh, Zen Tea? You mean, Tealux?


Lol I’m distracted! Clearly

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1786 tasting notes

Additional notes: I will be gradually taste testing all of my pearls the same way (and most of them will be sipdowns in the process – since I have five pearls left of most): five pearls, rinse, just boiled, first steep two minutes, second steep four minutes. After this cup though, I might have to change the first steep from two minutes to three. The first steep was a little light in flavor, and I know these pearls are usually very flavorful. The second steep was much better – the flavor deeper chocolate, while not being astringent. Just like I like my pearls to be. If I had to choose between pearl necklaces or black dragon pearls, I’d most certainly choose black dragon pearls… I just have to figure out WHICH pearls are my favorite. I’m going to be keeping a list as I go, to place them in most to least favorite and the list will be in the tasting note of the last pearls!

Side note: I just realized Adagio has rewards points for reviews! That means I’m hunting down all my Adagio notes from Steepster and adding them there (it won’t be tough – I have a list of all the teas I’ve tried.) Adagio won’t mind… most of my reviews for their teas are nice anyway (except for maybe the White Pear.. haha.)

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1931 tasting notes

Pretty tasty black tea. It’s especially fun to brew this in a clear container, to watch the leaves unfurl.

Like most black teas, I’m drinking this with honey and “creamer”. The flavour is deep, but not extremely strong. I used 5g of tea in 12 oz water, which is pretty standard for me now that I have a scale.

It’s not bitter, not too astringent, and actually tastes pretty good without the additions. The second steep is also delicious, but I can’t be bothered to try a third – I’d rather move on to a different flavour profile.

I’m not sure that I’d go out of my way to keep this tea in my cupboard, but I’m definitely enjoying what I have, and if I do another order from Tealux this will make the re-order list. Unfortunately, I can’t imagine needing to order more tea for many, many months at this point.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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263 tasting notes

I had these yesterday, so this is from memory. 3 pearls (at about 1g each) in 10oz of boiling water x 3min. So the thing I found most interesting about this was that the brewed tea smelled like chocolate-covered raisins, but the wet tea leaves smelled super earthy. Like, puer level earthiness. The actual flavour of the tea is sort of a combination of both – smooth, earthy, a bit sweet, with raisin and chocolate notes. Yummy, easy to drink. Second steeping at 5min was lighter and a bit less chocolatey, but still good. Third steeping at 8min was slightly-sweet hot water, lol, can’t win ‘em all. :) Overall, this was pretty decent for the price (especially on sale) – I’ll probably restock when these run out.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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22 tasting notes

SO. Im in a pickle. I just recieved a 7 oz bag of these. As such, i went through the last of my tea before i opened this. When i did, i noticed that half of the bag was filled with what looked like opened tea bags. So now i have to ask for a refund and most likely ship back the last bit of this tea i have. /cries

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972 tasting notes

A sample from cookies. I enjoyed the black dragon pearls I tried from TeaVivre, so I was very interested in trying them from another company. These pearls look very similar to the other ones, they’re about 1/2 to 2/3 inch in diameter with a little bit of variation in size. Color is dark chocolate brown with some lighter tan streaks. I didn’t get a whole lot of scent from them, maybe a little bit of malt and some sweetness. I used four pearls in my eight ounces of water.

Once steeped, the tea smells somewhat sweet and raisiny with molasses and cocoa notes, and a touch of earthiness. Hm, I agree with Stephanie that this tea is a bit ho-hum. It’s not necessarily bad, but it’s not making my skirt fly up either. There’s a definite earthy baseline here, and there’s also some raisin and molasses influence, but not enough to make it terribly interesting. Overall, it’s inoffensive, but not something I would purchase.

Flavors: Earth, Malt, Molasses, Raisins, Wood

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1111 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample cookies

These pearls are pretty mild. Drinkable but boring. Maybe I’m just not in the mood for them? Meh. Sorry!

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726 tasting notes

More of the woods….
This is not my day for trying new good teas haha!
I think I’m gonna go back to Persimmon Tree Tea’s Periwinkle for a bit before trying anything else new. xD

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