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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.
Our Fengqing Dragon Pearl Black Tea is analysed in accordance with the requirements of regulation (EC) 396/2005 (regulation on maximum residue levels in food and feed) in its currently valid version.
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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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My very favorite tea of all. 4 balls in a huge mug, and it resteeps 3 times beautifully, which makes it very economical. It is as refreshing in the morning as it is relaxing in the evening. The leaves are so lovely as they unfurl. Gorgeous cocoa notes, with no fruit notes to distract the taste. Teavivre has the best price by far - you may have to wait a bit longer for the shipment, but it is well worth it. And the packaging is outstanding. Thank you!
An absolutely delicious black tea. Hard to imagine how any tea enthusiast would not enjoy this tea. As others reviews indicated, the taste of cocoa is present but its the rich taste and smooth, relaxing feel that gives this tea its 5 star rating. If you are in doubt, get a sample and enjoy this fine black tea.
I love this tea. Smooth and rich with soft malty cocoa and honeyed raisins. So delicious! I used four balls per cup which re-steeped well for three cups.
Had a sample of this recently. Cocoa notes cap a wonderful flavor and mouth feel. Would definitely order again!
I steeped these gorgeous Bronze Onyx Tea Pearls Western Style in a glass pot so that I could watch them unfurl. I wanted several cups of tea to cleanse my body from the soot I had inhaled last night from the Larimer County Fire. This was THE perfect tea choice for this morning! I had no idea that these little pearls would produce the most delightfully cocoa nib flavored tea of any tea I’ve ever had. Other tea’s I’ve enjoyed had cocoa or chocolate flavor coupled with malt, yam, cinnamon. But this, was pure cocoa. Try as I would, I didn’t find malt, yam, potato or any distractor lurking in the shadows waiting to sneak out of hiding with an “aha, gotcha”. I have a treasured little French Bakery as big as a shoebox in Oldtown Fort Collins. The sign outside the shop says ‘Only One Person at a Time Enter Please’ posted there because the shop is so small. Inside there is a glass case lined with pastries that are works of art. Buttery beauties and sugered sweeties. Best of all are the Macarons. Ohhhh the Chocolate Macarons (French spelling)…so light they would float on air. My Black Dragon Pearl Tea was like the Chocolate Macarons. So very Parisian. Smooth, light and cocoalicious. I’ll buy some of this tea…it is really the best black cocoa tasting tea I’ve had. Now I have 2 Verdant favorite Black Tea’s and 2 Teavivre’s. This review was originally published on Steepster by Bonnie in June, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Bonnie.
I received this tea as a free sample with my most recent order, and I will definitely be ordering it again! It has a delightful bitter chocolate flavor and brews nice and dark even with a short steep time (50sec). I was able to get 3 pots of consistently brewed tea out of one set of pearls. Based on the reviews below, I want to try this tea with a touch of sugar to see if it enhances the flavors of the tea. Overall, though, if you like black tea, this is a superb tea.
I’ve wanted to try these for a long time and now I finally can! The smell is very gentle and soft, kind of a mix between silkiness and malty tones (if that makes sense). The taste. on the other hand, ditches the silkiness and dives into the malty-chocolatey-goodness. It vaguely reminds me of Bailin Gonfu black, but I think that’s just me. This tea leaves a nice tingling sensation after every sip, I tried it both with and without sugar – and I suppose I’ll be drinking this one with a tiny bit of sugar in the future, just to bring out the smoothiness a little bit more. I will be definitely looking forward to adding these to my permanent stock! Also, I’d like to try this one flavored with jasmine. This review was originally published on Steepster by Vortegne in January, 2013. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Vortegne.
This is a really nice example of Dragon Pearl Black. It is dark, malty, with just a hint of cocoa. It is smooth and soothing, with no trace of astringency. I wish there was just a little bit more malt, and chocolate, but really this tea makes me happy and I will keep it stocked in my cupboard.
This tea is enjoyable and fun. watching the 1/2 inch chocolate and gold balls unfurl is a delight. The aroma conveys malt, chocolate, and brown sugar. This is definitely a tea worth keeping on hand.
A friend gave me this as a sample, and then I got a sample directly from Teavivre, and it's safe to say now that I'm addicted. This is just such a lovely black tea! You can taste chocolate, malt, and a some earthy notes in each blend, and it gets better with each steep (unlike teas I've had from other places that are good just the one time only). I highly recommend it!
Reply: Hi Jim. We're sorry that the 3-4 pieces' amount is for gaiwan's brewing, not for 8oz teapot. We apologize about the mistake. The recommended brewing method in the tea's description should be the correct guide.
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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