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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.
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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*Tea taste is different from year to year.The actual flavor is subject to the discription given by us later.
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.
Being a fully oxidised – or fermented – black tea, it does not have the same level of antioxidants that our White and Green teas have, however it is still a good source of these and so will also help reduce the risk of cancers and lessen the affects of aging. Black teas such as our Fengqing black also are considered to help prevent tooth decay and help lower your cholesterol levels. For more information on the health benefits of TeaVivre's Black Teas, see our article on Tea Health benefit.
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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This is one of my favorite black teas. The pearls are large and I use ten for a pot of tea that I am able to resteep up to three times. It has a wonder aroma of cocoa, malt and a hint of hops. Those flavors are present also in the flavor.
Очень хороший красный чай,ароматный и бодрящий,занял достойное место в моей коллекции.
This tea is wonderful anytime of day but I particularly like it mid afternoon to wash away the stress of the day. Cocoa and malt are present and depending on temp and steep time can be very up front. I find this tea simply delicious and while I ration my pearls awaiting the arrival of new harvest, I am happy that TeaVivre holds itself to strict quality standards as other suppliers clearly haven't which is evident by reviews of their dragon pearl tea. Anxiously but patiently awaiting.
The pearls of this are so huge! I think it’s my first black pearl, and they’re so much bigger than the green dragon pearls I’ve had. This is one I really regret not steeping in my glass french press because holy expansion! I love watching leaves expand, I’m easily entertained. I steeped all 5 pearls in 8oz of boiling water for 1 minute, and the result was a medium bodied, cocoay and malty cuppa, but theres also some woodsy taste, and leather? Mixed with the cocoa and malt, it adds depth and interest. Yummy, this is good. Second steep at 3 minutes was more full bodied, a little more cocoa, and I that note that I think you guys call Autumn leaf pile? My cup seems to keep emptying on me, I don’t understand (;
Brewed using Western style. 4 (WOW THESE ARE REALLY BIG) pearls for 12 oz. Before and after they were infused, the peals smelled of cocoa and malt. The liquor is full-bodied, bold, and amazingly rich with a very bitter dark chocolate taste, underneath which is an earthy note – the kind of earth that is moist after a long thunderstorm has recently passed. The aftertaste so uncannily resembles dark chocolate that I could have sworn I’d just eaten some.
My preference is for Jasmine green teas but my friend offered me a sample of this one to try since I am a little sloppy with my brew times (first couple of steeps are spot on but then I get distracted so green tea gets a bit bitter). In comparison to my usual green jasmine, this black jasmine is sweeter, slightly darker in the sense of chocolate and malt with a little less floral. It's more of a heady sweet floral versus a light green floral, which I realize isn't all that eye opening. I feel that I'll continue with green Jasmine in the spring and summer time and reach for this one when the months get colder and darker so it'll be a nice change. As for brewing, this is much more forgiving about sloppy steeping which is much appreciated!
The first steep, I followed the package directions and let it go for 5 minutes. The aroma was very malty in a beer kind of way, with bread and honey and some light cocoa. The taste was…meh. It was very one-note and the malt dominated. I was surprised it did not get bitter at all, even with the long steep. Second try, I went for 3 minutes. The aroma was more sweet honey this time, but the beer scent was still there with stronger cocoa. The taste was more complex, with some strong honey notes and a little bit of bread or malt. Not really cocoa though. I then resteeped the same leaves for 4 minutes, and got a flavor somewhere between the other two. Overall, a tasty tea and I can see there will be a lot of different flavors depending on the brewing conditions.
I very much enjoy the scent of this tea. It smells like cocoa. The flavour is like having a mild, and delicious cup of hot chocolate that tastes a bit like black tea.
This is my first shot at little balls of tea! What happy things they appear to be…like gum balls but all black! I am charmed. Since my western brewing tea ware of choice is 16 oz, I just unceremoniously dumped all the balls in the wee sample packet into the pot and steeped for 8 minutes….half way between the 5-10 minute recommendation. Well! Those wee tea balls sure opened into some larger leaves! Unexpected! The dry smell of the leaf was chocolatey and tea-y. Wet….well, they just kind of smelled like wet leaves to me! Not quite sure why, but wet hot leaves and a touch of hot wet earth. Once in the cup, I found that the tea’s aroma had that chocolate note I detected in the dry leaf/balls, a bit of hot wet earth and just a smidgen of malt. Less malt than I was expecting by looking at the reviews, actually! The flavor profile has the chocolate and warm wet earth notes and adds a bit of a raisin middle note to it. There’s not much of a top note to this tea, so I would say that this is a deep-flavored tea for days when you need “grounding”…. something that helps you settle into the middle of your problems and start to relax to truly come up with solutions… It’s that kind of tea…oh, it’s also something they would probably enjoy in the Shire. Take your pick of the mental pictures provided above and have a cup! (I know which one you will probably choose, my precious!) Flavors: Chocolate, Raisins, Wet Earth
Tried this tea before from a local store. I love these dragon pearls. The quality is superb and the price is way better if you don't mind the delivery time.
Reply: Dear Eric, Thank you very much for writing to us. I am very sorry that Fengqing Dragon Pearl Black Tea will not be available this year. For this year the taste of this tea is not very good, so maybe this tea will be available at next year. Furthermore, you can try this tea- the Nonpareil Yunnan Dian Hong Ancient Wild Tree Black Tea. The taste is richer and mellower than the taste of Fengqing Dragon Pearl Black Tea. If you have an interst in this tea, you can have a try.
Reply: Dear Eric, Thank you very much for writing to us. Sincerely sorry that this year we do not have this tea. For the quality of this year's Fengqing Dragon Pearl Black Tea is not very good. So this tea will come back at next year- 2015. Hope this is helpful for your concern.
Reply: Dear Phil， Please do not worry, when it is in stock, I will inform you through Email. Mary
Reply: Maybe it will be in the middle of July.
Reply: 100g of Fengqing Dragon Pearl Black Tea includes approximately 98 to 103 pieces of pearls.
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