Black Pearl - Handmade Dragon Balls

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Black Tea
Yunnan Black Tea
Malt, Sugar, Chocolate, Honey
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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 5 g 12 oz / 355 ml

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Name: Black pearl tea
Origin : Yunnan, China (Mainland)
Grade : Good
Weight : 100 grams( 3.5 OZ )
Suggested Usage:
(1)Glass Cup: 9.5cm in height, over 6.5cm in diameter.
(2)Water: 90 degree boiling, after dropping tea in.
(3)After 2-3 minutes’ flower blooming, then drink it.
This ia a hand shaped Chinese black tea. Pearls are black tea leaves that are hand-twisted and dried into a little tea ball. When steeped in hot water, the tea ball slowly unfurls its leaves into a blossom right before your eyes in glass cup or tea pot. This tea has a bold coppery-red color, chocolate-like aroma and fine flowery, sweet flavour, with a complex and satisfying finish.
Made with organic, green and pollution-free tea.

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.

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I first tried to brew this at two minutes, but it tasted like nothing. Plunged it back in for another minute and I finally getting light notes of malt and sugar in the raw. Still, it is flash-steeped green tea level of lightness! Put it back in for another minute and the ball is finally expanded fully, the liquid is a darker amber, and the smell is delicious! It is like sugared, generic black tea. The taste is still on the light side. I always think of black teas as smacking me in the face with flavor, and this one has the lightness of my favored oolongs.
I personally love how sweet it is, with very little of the bruskness that makes my tummy ache in most black teas brewed this long. An enjoyable cuppa, thanks MissB!

Flavors: Malt, Sugar

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I didn’t really following the brewing instructions, but I did enjoy these pearls, which don’t look like the picture at all, and are really blooming black tea flowers, rather than pearls. The taste in sweet, mellow, & chocolatey, with a croissant kind of breadiness in the background. Thanks to Miss B & Sil!


I need to pick up some of these – sound awesome

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missB sent these my way and i apparently forgot to write a note when i had them before. I’m sending 1 of these babies over to Terri to try out since i think she might have fun with it :) I really like the way these look as well as the honey sweet chocolatey taste they produce. While i tried it the way the store recommended, i found i most enjoyed it when i use longer steeps :) thanks for letting me try these missb!


Handmade Dragon Balls? .


they’re like bigger dragon pearls lol


Dadgummit – it didn’t show all my characters – I was trying to make raised eyebrows LOL


So you’re saying “BIG Dragon Balls?”


i’ve seen bigger cough but yes…those balls are pretty big


That cracked me up


Well this convo woke me right up!


talking about balls has a tendency to do that… they’re just so tasty snicker


Especially when they’re BIG and um, “handmade”

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Well, I royally messed up the steeping of this. According to the directions on the bag (which differ from the website): 2g in 150mL for 30-60 seconds at 158-176F for the first few infusions, and increasing steeping time and heat thereafter.

I weighed one of the surprisingly large balls, and it was 3.38 grams. So I plunked two into a large mug, 200F water cooled to 185F, and steeped it for two minutes. As that wasn’t strong enough, I added another minute to the steep.

This tea smells like chocolate out of the bag and even more so as it steeps. It’s got a really sweet flavor to it, almost too sweet. That’s the majority of what I got from the first steep, although when it was hotter, it had an earthy cocoa quality to it as well as a malty flavor.

Do I like this? Yes. However I need to play with it a LOT more before I can say that I love it.

Got it here:

Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Malt

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

I’m really curious about some of the teas from this store! Looks like great stuff. I checked it out but everything is in huge amounts.


Oh? It was all so cheap, I didn’t notice. I can send you some if you’d like? Or, just go in with someone nearby maybe if you’d rather, it’s all so very inexpensive.


Oh cost wise I think it was good. It was just that you couldn’t order anything less than 100g. My tea cupboard is so full , I can’t imagine ordering 100g of even my fav tea. I would be interested in getting some samples from you on mostly the greens, whites, & puerhs (with an occasional black). If you want to swap anything with me or do it as sample surprise pack where I pay, I’m good with that.

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