Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Teavivre
The leaves of Black Dragon Pearl tea would only be picked around the time of Qingming / Pre-Ming, which is around Apr. 5, 2011 in spring. It’s the highest grade in spring teas, with marked white hairs. The pearl of this tea are 8 to 12 millimeters in diameter. When carefully smelling the flavor of dry tea, you can easily figure a slight smell of chocolate beside the aroma of black tea.
Learn more about this tea here.
I do love a good black pearl tea, and this certainly qualifies! This is right up there, just as good, if not better, than the ones I’ve tasted in the past.
I brewed this in my gaiwan so that I could watch the leaves unfurl (I can’t really do this in my breville!) I dropped three pearls into my gaiwan, and poured over the nearly boiling water (I used 205°F water for brewing this tea) and watched them open. After about a minute and a half, they were nearly opened, but still had a little left in them (which means more infusions! Yay!)
The flavor is so incredible. If you like those rich, malty black teas with the cocoa-ish flavors to them, you really MUST try this tea, because that is exactly what I’m tasting right now.
With the second infusion, the richness and maltiness continues, as does the chocolate-y notes. I also notice a savoriness beginning to emerge … just a hint of bitterness from the cocoa, a lovely contrast between bitter and sweet dances on the tongue.
I decided to give this a third infusion to see what other flavors I might discover. This third infusion is even smoother than the first two, with the rich and malty tones melding together with the chocolate. The savory elements have softened somewhat, to create a remarkably smooth taste from beginning to end.
An absolutely LOVELY tea experience awaits those who indulge in these amazing black pearls from Teavivre! Add this one to your must try list!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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