I love the subtle cocoa aroma of this tea. Black Dragon Pearl brews up strong but can be re-steeped (re-stept?) if needed. A pinch of sugar or Splenda, in my case, finishes this full-bodied flavor.
“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 gig,...” 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...” 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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As this tea is only harvested in Yunnan Province in the Spring (late march/April), the tea I purchased at Teavana was likely 2015 harvest, and therefore about a year old.
This tea is a strong yet very smooth tea that takes some time to brew as it is rolled into little balls. Eastern-style brew methods should splash (or perform a rinse) with a bit of hot water and allow the balls a minute or two before first steep. Western-style brewing will take 3-5 minutes. This tea worked very well ‘grandma-brewed’ – leaves left to sit in tea pot all evening/night – the next day the tea was still smooth and tasty.
Teavana claims 30 leaves to a ball. As these balls are the size of large peas, I doubt that.
It may be true in other brands of Black Pearl, where the balls are much larger (quarter-sized, one ball per cup) and the leaves are rolled and tied.
This version of black pearl is just ok on it’s own. It is definitely not the best black pearl I’ve had.
I think I hit the target on this tea this time. I used 8 pearls for 16 oz the first time. This time, I went with 15. Apparently this is a lot more than most people use, but it gives me the strength and malty flavor that I love, and it’s still very smooth. I decreased my steeping time from 10 minutes to 5 minutes, immediately after boiling. I’m definitely going up to 95 for my score on this one. Overall, regardless of the tea, it seems that I always use a lot more tea leaves than recommended…is this common for anyone else?
This tea is fairly tasty and fairly malty with notes of chocolate. It is one of the more chocolaty teas I have encountered.
I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 2 min.
Flavors: Chocolate, Malt
i was really excited about this tea when i bought it, and i couldnt wait to get home and try it. i have yet to brew a perfect cup of this, but it is getting better and better :)
the best cup so far has been from a 4 oz gaiwan (my only brewing vessel) and about 2 tsp of pearls, about 8 loose pearls. after a quick rinse, i use 195 degree water, and infuse for about a minute, adding 15 seconds at the third infusion.
tasting this is pure heaven :) it has a nice, full flavor, without being too “in your face” about it. it is lightly sweet, and has a nice taste of cocoa with a slight hint of molasses.
this tea changes its taste quite quickly with minor changes to how you brew it, so i highly suggest playing around with it quite a bit to see just how you like it :)
Flavors: Cocoa, Molasses
I bought this tea about a year ago on the recommendation of the salesperson at the Teavanna location I purchased it at. It was kind of a disappointment to me. Part of the reason for that is that it took me a while to figure out the best way to brew the tea. It really does best when it’s brewed in a teapot or a single cup infuser where the leaves are allowed to fully unfurl. Also, I prefer my teas brewed strong and this tea was rather weak for my taste. I found that I have to use small amounts of water, no more than 8 or 9 oz, to get a decent flavor. As I like to drink mugfulls (sp?) of tea, that’s a rather small cup and not satisfying. Still, it’s a good tea but not one I’ll be restocking my cupboard with.
Flavors: Honey, Malt, Smooth