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Using black teas from Fengqing, Yunnan as material, the Black Dragon Pearl tea is manually made into the shape of pearl, meanwhile is preserved with the aroma of black tea. The workers can produce 1 kg tea per hour. 100 g of them may roughly have 100 to 110 pieces.
The leaves of Black Dragon Pearl tea would only be picked around the time of Qingming / Pre-Ming. 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.
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As this tea is manually made into pearl shape, it is similar with the appearance of the Jamine Dragon Pearl tea but little larger. Its material comes from Fengqing, Yunnan. As we all know, Fengqing is the hometown of Dian Hong, providing high quantity black tea for the world. Black tea is the kind of 100% fermented tea, so it has great advantages for human health. After the process of complete fermentation, its irritation of stomach decreased. Besides, black tea can protect our body from hyperglycemia and hypertension by doing good to our heart, blood glucose and blood pressure. It will be greatly helpful for long-term drinking of black tea.
Fengqing is a place in Lincang which is one of the four famous Pu-erh production areas (Xishuangbanna, Pu’er (Simao), Lincang and Baoshan). Fengqing located in the northwest of Lincang, east longitude 99°31′～100°13′, northern latitude 24°13′～25°03′. It has a distance of 580 kilometers from Yunnan province Kunming. Fengqing is also the original place of the world-wide famous Dian Hong Tea and also one of the original habitats of planting tea all over the world. Fengqing is also an important place of the north part of Ancient Tea Route. There’s a biggest old tea tree named “Jing Xiu Cha Wang” found in Xiang Zhuqing village in Fengqing. It is a representative tea tree cultivated in Fengqing which is more than 3200 years old with 1.84 meter in diameter.
The highest altitude is 3098 meters while the lowest is 919 meters. It is subtropical monsoon climate with average 13-15℃ temperature. The lowest temperature is -5℃. The annual precipitation is 1200mm. The relative humidity is 70%. The soil is red. The raining is synchronous with the high temperature. The temperature is warm and sunshine is sufficient. The rainfall is concentrated.
Fengqing County, located in the south of longitudinal valley in western Yunnan, is the famous hometown of black tea in Lincang City. This land is covered with rolling mountains and stretching rivers, making it become one of the origins of planting teas in the world. Fengqing has a long history of planting, producing and drinking teas. In 1958, the high quality Dian Hong Gongfu Black Tea was successfully manufactured in Fengqing, which got reputation for this place from all over the country.
Mr Zhou Zhirong, who is an authentic Yunnan people, has been in tea business for more than 20 years. We deeply felt his insist of traditional tea process by communicating with him. He said: “Most of my time is spent on tea mountain. I think the most important is the essential quality inside the tea.” “There’s the best tea trees and best environment in Fengqing. What we need to do is to bring the natural of tea to all the tea lovers”.
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We were buying this from Teavana, who has been out of stock for months! This is our first time trying Teavivre and we weren't sure of the quality etc. we also live in the US. The tea arrived well packaged, but more importantly, delicious! We are so happy!
Tea with original taste. Soft and pleasant. A certain smack of cocoa is felt. Tea is made in the form of balls that is very convenient when dispensing. Quite good tea.
Очень оригинальный вкус, нетипичный для черного чая. Не очень крепкий, пряный. Впрочем, приятный. Шариками удобно дозировать на любой объем. Не могу сказать, что чай стал любимым, но он однозначно качественный и наверняка найдет своих поклонников.
I really like this tea!! Thank you Angel for this sample!
I’m actually on my second cup of this and it is sooo good! I have had pearls in other types of tea before (like jasmine green pearls), but never black. These ones seem maybe a bit larger than the other ones, but it’s been a while since the last time I had any tea pearls. I like my tea a bit strong so I used 5 pearls the first time, and 4 the second. Either amount is fine.
They smell very malty and chocolatey, and the taste is very rich and warming. I always add milk and sugar, so that added to the sweetness and creamy chocolateness. But for me, that’s fine. This is an excellent tea and I think it would be good iced…I might look into cold brewing this one over the summer.
I just want to add that I just love watching the pearls unfold in the hot water in my steeper.
This review was originally published on Steepster by Heather Martin on June, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Heather Martin.
6 Stars! This is my favorite. I have paid $18 for 2oz from Teavana for way too long! $11.90 for 3.5oz is a steal!
Rich golden black tea that nature sweetened! I LOVE THE PEARLS! I throw a few in my pocket when I'm on the run! 4 pearls makes 8oz a good 3x. I like 9 when brewing in my 16oz tea maker.
A tea lovers must.
I like black tea and this is the crown jewel. The time taken to make this tea is what makes it so good. Wonderful flavour. My favorite so far.
Thanks Teavivre for the sample!
Can I just say that these are super cute? For whatever reason I think these pearls are just precious. The thing is, I generally don’t like straight black teas (other than pu’erh) so this is a big step in a different direction for me.
I’m surprised how light this brewed! It is a very light, almost clear broth color. This smells very hay-like. The tea is pretty thin compared to other blacks I’ve had. I think I know why blacks are strange for me: they’re kind of meaty. This mostly has meaty, hay notes. It’s not a great tea for me, but I’m pretty sure a lot of people would really love this one!
This review was originally published on Steepster by Tamm on December, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Tamm.
I solely bought the 200gr. when I read all the ravenous reviews on this tea on steepster.
I am fairly new to black(red)teas, I mostly drink greens nowadays.
However, to broaden my horizon, I recently ordered various red teas from Teavivre.
To me, black/(red) teas were like my childhood Ceylons and Assam, so nothing had me prepared to the chocolate, malty taste of this wonderful, sweet tea.
The black pearls are bigger than I expected them to be, more like marbles. They look wonderful and smell like pure chocolate.
i used 2 pearls, gong fu style. 95C.
I oversteeped the first time, or did something wrong, since the tea tasted sour, and the steep was a brownish grey.
Another try. bingo, this time chocolate smell & taste. let it steep to a dark brown liquid.
Sweet & mellow aftertaste. No bitterness. Slight maltness.
Tea doesn't need sweetening at all.
Great tea, will keep this as my 'standard' stock. Changed my opinion on black teas. these wonderful black marbles have me craving for more black/red tea!
Aside from the realy cool look it is an excellent teas. Not one of the top memorable ones but I would add it to any order I will place in the future. I was concerned it would have the over caramelized taste of the cake teas but no hint of that. Took 5 steepings of a full teapot easily. Added a minute each time.
First of all, thank you so much Angel from Teavivre for the samples!
I have slowly begun to get into black tea but I am still new, so please be patient with me! This will be the first black I review.
The dry leaves were tightly wound large balls with a strong scent. I decided to do a rinse of these to loosen them up a little bit so I rinsed them for about 15 seconds.
I then gave them a 1 minute steep at about 212 degrees which unfurled a layer of the leaves partially. After the steep, the wet leaves produced a slight sweet molasses like sent. I have had a black tea that was described with a molasses taste and I did not like it, however, this was a way better smell to me. The tea was a medium gold, lighter than I was expecting and I could tell this was going to be different than I was thinking it would be like. The taste was an interesting warm flavor that carried a subtle dark chocolaty sweetness. This was a pleasant surprise! I had never taste a black quite like this one.
I decided to try to pull out more of the flavor and steeped this one for 2 minutes. This caused the last layer of leaves to unfurl completely, producing a dark gold liquid. This time the tea had more of the dry chocolate flavor with a slightly bitter after taste.
I wanted to play with the taste some more so I decided to steep it at 1:45 this time. This gave me the dark gold liquid again but more of the first steeps taste. This is definitely a tea that you can change the taste to your liking by managing the time and leaves well. I continued on to a 4th steep and could tell that it would resteep well at least one more time.
This review was originally published on Steepster by Hippie_Samfro on February 23, 2013. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Hippie_Samfro
Reply: The brewing guide for Fengqing Dragon Pearl Black Tea is as below:
For Gaiwan of 3oz capacity: use 5 pieces of the pearl, use water at the temperature of 100ºC/212ºF, brew 5 steeps. The recommended infusing time of each steep is: 30 seconds, 50 seconds, 70 seconds, 90 seconds, 2 minutes.
For Teapot of 8oz capacity: use 10 pieces of the pearl tea, use water at the temperature of 100ºC/212ºF, brew 3 steeps. The recommended infusing time of each steep is:1 minute, 2 minutes, 3 minutes.
You can check the brewing guide in the description of this tea.
Also it is available in our Recommend Brewing Guide For All Teas article: http://www.teavivre.com/info/recommend-brewing-guide/
Reply: We usually use 3 pcs to 4 pcs approximately for 8 oz serving for this products, if you want to taste stronger, you can add more.
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