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The materials of Rose Dragon Ball Black tea are from Yunnan arbor old tea trees combining with Phnom Penh Rose, expertly rolled into a large pearl-like shape. Phnom Penh Rose is a specialty among the categories of Yunnan's edible foods. Compared with other roses, the Phnom Penh Rose has a smaller appearance with light taste, but it presents a more delicate sweet taste and fragrance. Because of this reason, it’s capable of covering the strong taste and sometimes even some extent of bitterness from the old tea trees.
Other flavors for you to choose: Jasmine Dragon Ball Black Tea, Yellow Chrysanthemum Dragon Ball Black Tea.
A tea that is convenient for you to carry out, especially for ladies who work in the offices. By drinking it, you can get both of the full benefits from black and rose herbal tea.
The fresh tea leaves for producing Rose Dragon Pearl Black tea come from Jiu Tai Po tea garden, which is located in pu’er city with the highest elevation reaches at 2016 meters. This tea garden is shrouded by a variety of ecological tea plantations, such as Taidi cha (plantation tea) growing area, old tea tree and ancient tea tree growing areas. Among them, the old tea tree and ancient tea tree growing area are located on a relatively higher elevation in Jiu Tai Po tea garden, covered with original forests.
The position where the tea garden located is in a high altitude that makes no cars could pass but to climb the mountain on foot. Tea from old and ancient tea trees growing in a natural environment without human intervention. Therefore, the poultry manure is considered to be one of the best plant fertilizers out there.
In recent years, Jiu Tai Po tea garden has begun to grow Taidi cha. Basically, all of these Taidi tea plants come from Jinggu Dabai Cha. There, leaves from Daiba Cha are more expensive than old tea trees, so you don't need to worry about buying a half-fake tea that mixed with Taidi cha and old tea trees.
With more than 30 years of processing tea, Mr. Yang, as well as other tea farmers in Huidui village, are living by selling teas, which is the only thing they count on to support their lives.
When we talked with Mr. Yang about why he had the idea to make flower dragon ball tea, Mr. Yang said: “Our former tea maters have already created a very special blend of Pu-erh Mini Tuo Cha with Rose and Chrysanthemums. That’s why the idea of making dragon ball black tea with flower flooded into my mind.” After that, Mr. Yang started his experiments to make dragon ball black tea with flower. With multiple experiments, he found Dian Hong Black tea is not proper to roll into a small shape as Mini Tuo Cha, but perfect for making into bigger dragon balls by the processing method of rolling. By using this method, it presented the best shape and appearance of the Black Tea that could be.
After succeeded in producing dragon ball black tea with fresh flowers, Mr. Yang began to challenge himself by making other types of dragon ball teas. So far, lots of new type flower dragon ball black teas have been successfully made, which includes: Rose, Chamomile, Jasmine and Forget-me-not dragon ball black tea. Moreover, Mr. Yang made another attempt to dragon balls with pure tea material, they are: Ancient Dragon Ball Pu-erh Tea and Moonlight Beauty Dragon Ball White Tea.
Pu’er City, formerly called Simao, is a prefecture-level city in southern Yunnan province. Elevations range from 317 to 3370 meters with wide-ranging of ancient tea trees. Pu'er city was identified as the hometown of Pu-erh teas, is well-known as the “birthplace of Tea” and the heartland of the origin place of tea trees in the world. Being one of the original places where Pu-erh tea was produced, Pu’er city obtains rich resources of tea varieties. Generally, it can be divided in to three types:
* Original Wild Ancient Tea Trees and Wild Tea Populations* Transitive Type Ancient Tea Trees* Cultivation Type Ancient Tea Trees
These tea trees grow in high altitudes covered by large area of primeval forests, and all the natural ecosystems have been well-protected which makes it becomes a very ideal place for an optimal cultivation and natural drainage. According to the 2007 satellite positioning survey results, the old tea tree resources include ancient tea garden and ancient tea tree populations are more than 100 mu in Pu-erh City.
Kunming is the capital city in Yunnan province, which is also called the “Spring City” due to its weather. It has one of the mildest climates in China, and the average temperature here is about 15℃. With its perpetual spring-like weather which provides the ideal climate for plants and flowers, Kunming is known as the "Flower City ", because it covered with blossoms and lush vegetation all-year round.
Our Rose Dragon Ball Black Tea is made from Yunnan large-leaf species old tea trees. Old tea trees, which refers to the age of trees range between 50-300 years old. While, tea trees over 300 years old are considered as ancient tea trees.
Old tea trees have long roots that go deep into the ground, and mostly they’re grown in favorable mountain ecosystem conditions. Therefore, it can reduce the damage caused by diseases and insects. Teas grown in this area are more likely to be regarded as natural teas, because there’s no pruning or any manual managements involved in. That’s why it has a lower output than Taidi Cha.
The nitrogen contains in old tea trees has exuberant metabolism, which can produce a large amount of amino acids, protein and tea polyhenols through a series of chemical reactions. Compared with old tea trees, although tea from younger tea tree still tastes rather mellow and fresh, it’s a little weak in sweet aftertaste.
Phnom Penh Rose, named because every calyx has two thin yellow-white edges, is a special variety of Yunnan edible roses. It has a beautiful shape in dark red color with tightly packed petals, but usually with a deeper color than other varieties. The fragrance of Yunnan Phnom Penh Rose is very elegant and fresh, whereas the French rose has a very strong aroma.
It has grown wildly in places where pure water flowing, like mountain streams. With the development of society in recent year, the health value of Phnom Penh Rose is gradually being known to more people. Therefore, a part of them start to grow limited Phnom Penh Rose plants by artificial cultivation. To make full use of Phnom Penh Rose, local people in Yunnan commonly used them as herbal tea, jam and pies. Except for its amazing taste, it also has outstanding health benefits that help promote the blood circulation, regulate endocrine disorders and improve high blood pressure. Being compared with those common roses, the trace elements in Phnom Penh Rose are more than ten times higher than them. Thus, it holds the reputation as “Best Rose” and well-deserved to recognize as a “Rose King”.
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This was a delicious smooth, not-to-strong black tea, but I wanted more rose. The tea was fresh and really nice - mellow, and a little malty. I didn't taste too much rose, so I added some of my own rose petals (private stash - hehehe) and then it was amazing! I think the tea was still pretty amazing on its own, but I just wish there was more rose flavour.
Another Friday, another sample from Teavivre to try. Things are looking up. These “dragon ball” teas are pretty cool. This one was individually wrapped in clear cellophane and fastened with a little baggy tie. It was a tightly rolled ball of dark leaves and pinkish flowers about the size of a gumball. The unbrewed knob had a pronounced tea smell with a slightly rose/flowery accent. I followed the instructions on the silver sample package and brewed the ball for five minutes at 195 degrees. The package actually said 194 degrees but 195 was the closest my One Touch Tea Maker could get. What’s one degree between friends anyway? The steeped liquor had a bright gold color. The odor was very much like its unbrewed incarnation: tea with a rosy accent. The taste was completely consistent with its smell, before and after brewing. The tea flavor was full-bodied and robust, yet it was remarkably smooth. A rose bud undertone melded into the taste perfectly. This was a relief for me as I am often overwhelmed by flowery-tasting teas. There also was the presence of a sweet attribute to round out the extremely harmonious blend. I did not detect any astringency and the aftertaste was quite light and pleasant. If the 195-degree liquid temperature hadn’t been capable of producing blisters on my gullet, I would have chugged my cup down even faster than I did. This is another outstanding tea from Teavivre that I can easily recommend. It worked extremely well for me with my breakfast but I’m sure it would also be a fantastic lunch or mid-day selection as well.
(As reviewed on Steepster as KiwiDelight) Samples provided for review. Thank you, *Angel*! This review is based on the second session. Brewed with a gongfu session, in a 120ml porcelain gaiwan. The dragon ball weighed 9.7g. I used 190 degree and then 200 degree water since my kettle does have a 195 setting. I gave the ball a rinse and a quick rest to open up. Steeping times are pulled from the website: 25 seconds, 20, 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 80 (etc.) The dry leaf aroma has notes of rose and typical Dian Hong (malt and chocolate). After I let the ball sit in the pre-heated gaiwan for a bit, I smell freshly baked brownies - incredibly fresh. Makes me want to make brownies. The wet leaf, in order from strongest to weakest, smells of rose, malt, and brownies. As the session when on, an allspice note took over. The liquor, a clear golden orange, has a full body and smooth texture. The flavor doesn't evolve; it's constant. Comparing this to the loose rose-scented Dian Hong that Teavivre also carries, the dragon ball is much more balanced. The rose doesn't overwhelm the typical Dian Hong notes, which are, again, malt and chocolate, plus a hint of allspice and black pepper. It's as if the rose is naturally steeped from the leaf rather than an addition. Speaking more the Dian Hong's overall quality, it's a very nice quality. Very few broken leaves or buds. It's delicious, clean, and comforting. Additionally, whole rose buds and petals are pressed into the ball. WHOLE. I like that touch. I'm not very big on *rose* when it comes to the tea and flower combination. It's OK. I do, however, adore Dian Hong. Since I've sampled both the dragon ball and the loose leaf, I can say that I prefer the dragon ball. I felt like the rose-scented loose leaf comes off as overpowering. If you prefer a flower "flavored" tea in which the flower isn't too strong, this is something to try. However, as someone who watches caffeine intake, I don't like the idea of dragon balls much because there are so many grams crammed into one piece. Both of these dragon balls provided weighed nearly 10 grams - double my typical maximum. Another thing to consider. At least with the loose leaf I can control leaf amount more easily.
Thanks again for the samples, Teavivre! This one is divine not so much for the rose but for the black tea. As soon as I opened the sphere from the cute wrapping with little pink stars, the scent of the dry leaves was so syrupy sweet. I knew I'd love this one. There is such a surprising amount of leaves left in the basket after steeping -- at least 3/4 basket full of lovely black tea and ENTIRE ROSES. At least two whole roses! How ever did they fit? The flavor is so tasty, even though there are only hints of rose flavor, if some of you are intimated by too much rose. The flavor of the black tea is deep yet very syrupy sweet just like I love the perfect Yunnan to be. Though there seems like a lot of leaves in the basket, the flavor definitely isn't overdone. All three steeps are delicious yet never astringent. It could be the amount of flowers to black tea or the difference in steeping, but I think this tea seems different than the Jasmine Dragon Ball, even if it might be the same black tea. I didn't notice the sweetness with the Jasmine Dragon Ball that I notice here. Though the Jasmine Dragon Ball doesn't look as gold as the Rose, so that must be where the sweetness is from. I love a good Yunnan! Steep #1 // 1 piece for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // 3-4 minute steep Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 3-4 minute steep Steep #3 // just boiled // 4 minute steep Harvest: 2016
I got this Rose Dragon Ball Black Tea as a sample. The strong and tasty black tea mixed very well with the floral but slightly sour taste of roses. That combination adds to the complexity of the beverage. Overall, it was a great tasting experience. I will order this one again.
This black tea had a soft, relaxing taste and a refreshing aroma as it brewed. We used it as our holiday brew at home and loved it.
Buy this ASAP so you can give it as adorable Valentine's Day gifts. The large dragon pearl is individually wrapped in a cello type wrapper with little pink polka dots. There is a tiny pink twist tie securing it. But adorable isn't enough to sell tea. This tea is a good representation of Yunnan tea. It is malty and somewhat strong, but not sour or astringent, reminding me of a good Assam.. The rose is very subtle to me, but perhaps that is because the tea was served with a cheese plate. Each pearl makes 12 ounces so be aware of that if you are accustomed to making 8 ounce servings. It also resteeps very well, making it even better as a portable tea to brew at another location like work or a friend's house. Use a glass pot or cup if you can. This dragon ball explodes into a bundle of huge dark leaves with tiny, precious pink rosebuds.
This might be the most perfectly balanced rose Dianhong I have ever tried. The rose is gentle and light, never once overpowering the notes of the Dianhong, but also always being present so there is no mistaking it is a rose tea. That persistent rose note makes it suitable for someone like me who absolutely loves food and drink with a rose theme, but also making it suitable for someone who is only slightly a fan (like Ben, just an example.) Of course, it helps that the base Dianhong is enjoyable, smooth notes of malt and cocoa blend with yams and peanuts with a lingering honey finish. It is a classic Dianhong with all the familiar notes.
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