Review: Adagio Black Dragon Pearls

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Thumbs up!"I love the look of them, and the concept. For tea snobs like me, it's hard to get a good cup of tea in a restaurant; I've been carrying little baggies of Jasmine Pearls for ages. Now perhaps I can carry my beloved Yunnan just as easily!"
Lynn’s Teaview: 8/10
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adagiodragonpearlAdagio Teas offers a twist on dragon pearl tea. Instead of green or white tea tips rolled into tight little balls, these are Yunnan black tea— "the highest quality leaves and buds, expertly rolled into a large pearl-like shape." And large they are, ranging from a third- to over a half-inch in diameter, dark brown, and rather coarse and stubbly-looking, as compared to their sleeker little Dragon Pearls cousins. I love the look of them, and the concept. For tea snobs like me, it's hard to get a good cup of tea in a restaurant; I've been carrying little baggies of Jasmine Pearls for ages. Now perhaps I can carry my beloved Yunnan just as easily!

The dry pearls smell nicely of spice, tobacco and chocolate. I infused two of them in a cup of 208F water for four minutes. Unlike Jasmine pearls, which gracefully uncoil like springs in slow motion, these Yunnan pearls swell up and crumble into large leaves and bud clusters. The liquor was a dark, coppery red with a smooth sweet taste hinting at chocolate, honey, and tobacco. It wasn't quite rich enough for me, though, and since the directions suggested "two or three," I started over with three pearls for five minutes and was better pleased with the results, but I like my Yunnans on the strong side. This infusion was a little darker, nicely clear, and redolent of cocoa, spice and tobacco. This is one of the sweeter smelling Yunnans I've encountered. The flavor was also richer, and nicely so. Not a trace of bitterness, either. Plenty of spice, cocoa, honey, and some malt now.

A second infusion was suggested, so I gave the leaves another five minute soak. The cup was a little darker, as well as the aroma, with more spice and less honey notes. The flavor is almost as good, too.

I can definitely recommended this tea on its own merits, and I'm claiming it as my new "purse tea," too!
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