A smooth chocolate taste, perfect for the afternoon. Able to be infused multiple times. Plus any time you get to watch teas like this open up almost makes it worth it.
“Oh look, black dragon pearl is finally back at Teavana!! Of course, I have to add it back into my collection, as theirs was the first black pearl I ever had, and loved. After yesterday’s...” Read full tasting note
“So I tested the guy helping me out at Teavana yesterday as I asked for this tea. I asked about the flavor of this tea waiting to see if he'd mention the chocolate and malty notes...no he told me...” Read full tasting note
“SIPDOWN! and backlog – another from yesterday. This one was not only packed in a travel mug for the drive home but i also shared a few of the steeps and re-steeps...” Read full tasting note
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This fragrant and rare hand-rolled tippy black tea from the Yunnan province unfurls to release a smooth-bodied taste with sweet, chocolaty, and malty undertones. Good for multiple infusions. This is a perfect morning and afternoon tea.
How to Prepare
Use 1 teaspoon of tea per 8 ounces of water. Heat water to just before boiling (195 degrees) and steep for 3-4 minutes. 2oz of tea equals 25-30 teaspoons.
Hand-rolled, pure black tea.
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MMMMmmmmmm. I broke into a few new bags the other day (I’d been trying to finish off a few opened bags of looseleaf before I opened up more) just to sniff around and this was the one I HAD to try first. The aroma was amazing. I used to be so confused when people were reviewing teas and saying ‘definite chocolate notes in this tea….’ I mean, how can a tea not infused with chocolate possibly taste cocoa-y? Now I know what’s up!
I’m from PA so the smell is SUPER familiar to me. I don’t know if anyone has ever been to Hershey Park, but when you go in for the little chocolate making tour the entire ride has this wonderful smell! Not a chocolate smell like you’d get from ripping open a candy bar, it’s definitely chocolate-y but different. That Hershey Park ride smells exactly like this tea.
I used three balls for one mug, honestly probably could have gotten away with just two though. It tastes just as it smells, rich and malty with hints of chocolate. I was originally really upset because I did Teavana’s Tea of the Month Club (major rip off btw) and they sent me a few repeats, this being one of them. Now, I’m not too bummed they sent me extra of this because I would have wanted to buy it anyways! I REALLY like it.
I normally like the flavors of tea when they cool down rather than piping hot, but this is is better hot. It is much more mild when cold. I’ve been drinking more mild Teavana teas lately (Mind and Body, Monkey Picked Oolong) so it was great to finally get a tea with a little more punch! On my third mug and still brewing nice and dark, maybe a little less malty but still a wonderful smell!
Got this tea during a 75% off deal at Teavana and I am very glad I decided to get the Black Dragon Pearls. Probably one of my favorite teas to have in the morning. Don’t even need to use a teaspoon for these. Just drop two little pearls in my infuser and I’m good to go. Only thing I don’t like about this tea is the smell. Still not sure what to make of it yet.
This tea can be steeped more than once and it still tastes good. When using two pearls I will only steep the leaves twice. If I do three I’ll steep them three times.
This is quite different from other black teas; I think it blends nicely with vanilla and chocolate flavored black teas, especially vanilla. The “malty” flavor really comes through, and makes the black tea much less bitter, so it doesn’t get unpleasant when I accidentally steep too long. The pearls also last up to four steeps, which is a record for me. Teavana says you can steep most of their high end teas more than twice, but for me, the flavor pretty much goes by the third steep. It smells like other black tea, maybe faintly floral, with sort of vanilla earthy notes. It’s good hot and iced.
Pours dark amber. A malty/earthy taste with mild sweetness that finishes with chocolate undertones. Nice. Been drinking this stuff for a little while, the stronger the better. I’ve found the best temp to drink this at is about 132F, perfect balance of flavor. Too hot and its watery, too cool and the flavors get muddled together (nasty).
Call me a snob, but I’ve never stepped into Teavana before. Something about tea in the mall turns me off.
This year’s secret santa gave me a big ol’ bag of this, and it turns out that I’m really glad they did! At first I was worried because the pearls smelled flavored, but I suspect that it must be because they were stored near another tea, because the tea itself tasted nothing like the smell.
It’s not the most profound tea, sure, but there are certain aspects of it that really stand out. It’s incredibly malty and smoooooooooooth. A very very strong note of chocolate. The first steep is very mild, but the second one comes out with a much more intense flavor. Must be the rolling method.
Anyway, I’m very pleased. Clearly, I should get over myself and try some other Teavana teas. Anyone have a recommendation?
Since this was one of Teavana’s more expensive offerings, I was glad that it is good for multiple infusions. When I got it home to taste it, I found that I like my third infusion the best. Probably because the leaves do not fully unfold in my tea maker during the first infusion. I will try it in a conventional teapot as soon as I have a kettle to heat the water.
I noticed the undertones of chocolate before reading the description, and was very pleasantly surprised. As per usual when trying any new tea, My first cup or two was without anything added. I now prefer this tea with no sugar, which is very odd for me.
Overall, a very good experience that I prefer to have relaxing with nothing but me, my cup, and perhaps some soft music.
I have very recently fully kicked coffee and have found this tea to be a reason to wake up eager in the morning again. The smoothness of the tea as well as the malty/ chocolaty notes make for the perfect cup of tea on a cold winter morning. I personally find it best using 3 pearls per 8 oz of water and it re-steeps well.