Qianjiazhai Hand Fired Black Dragon Pearls

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  • “Always interested in trying dragon pearls, so picked this up (Spring 2018 version). Interestingly, each individual pearl (a bit less than an inch in diameter?) is wrapped up in tissue, like pu’erh....” Read full tasting note
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While the Li Family uses sun drying to bring out rich texture and spice in their sun dried black tea, they have recently started experimenting with a light roasting process, done entirely by hand over a special wood-fired wok. This brings out much sweeter flavors in the black tea. This Dragon Pearl pressing is unique from the loose leaf version of 2017’s harvest because of its intense juiciness, combined with a rose aftertaste that tastes almost of lychee for the first few steepings. As the juiciness fades, a strong sandalwood spice comes through with a light cooling and tingling sensation that builds on the palate.

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Always interested in trying dragon pearls, so picked this up (Spring 2018 version). Interestingly, each individual pearl (a bit less than an inch in diameter?) is wrapped up in tissue, like pu’erh. I used one pearl for a 10oz cup; there were 5 in the bag.

I drank this away from home, and didn’t make great notes, but it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I was anticipating more roastiness and chocolatey notes, but there was more fruitiness and a bit of sharpness, though I’d hesitate to call it astringent (the second infusion was, but let’s call that user error). I believe I got some… fresh raisin notes (not grape, but not as sweet as raisin?), and some other fruitiness that I think I could place, but have since forgotten.

An interesting tea, but not my preference of profile.

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