I think all of the companies that carry black tea in “dragon pearl” form are getting it from the same place. This tastes, smells and looks the same as thepuriTea’s Red Dragon Pearl and the one from Teavana. It’s a strong black tea with notes of chocolate and a slightly roasted flavor, but not smoky. It’s rich and flavorful, fully leaded (in terms of caffeine), a bit malty, almost like an Assam. I like the ease of measuring (five “balls” per 8 oz of water @ 205 @ 4 min. = nice strong cuppa). Even better with a little sweetener, and makes a nice tea latte, if you’re into that.

I had a bad headache today, and a double-helping of this tea has helped tremendously.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I like strong, robust flavors. My current favorites include strong black teas (Keemuns, Yunnan teas and Assams, for example), flavored blacks such as Harney’s Paris, oolongs of any kind, and gyokuros. I like Rooibos and honeybush teas as well, and other herbal blends to help me relax in the evening.

I am willing to try just about anything, but I am not particularly fond of jasmine tea, very fruity or heavily flavored blends, anything with pineapple; and I know this is practically heresy, but I don’t like Darjeelings.


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