Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"The primary flavor is a potent maltiness that demands your attention, but peppery, smoky, and sweet flavors also managed to work their way into the mix. "|
Adagio’s Black Dragon Pearls tea is a black tea version of pearl tea, which is more often associated with jasmine-infused green tea. I was happy to read that this black tea is from the Yunnan province, as Yunnan teas have quickly become my all-time favorite black tea. The tea is hand-crafted into spheres that are larger than typically seen with jasmine pearls. They are almost, but not quite, the size of a small marble. Even though the leaves are tightly rolled, an assortment of black, brown, and gold hues are evident. The dry tea has a complex and inviting aroma featuring malt and honey notes. The fragrance was reminiscent of a hearty dark beer. I prepared my tea by infusing 3 of the pearls in boiling water for three minutes. The tea brews to fairly dark brown color as the pearls unroll and the leaves become completely free. As it turns out, the aroma of the dry tea is a good indication of the flavor. The primary flavor is a potent maltiness that demands your attention, but peppery, smoky, and sweet flavors also managed to work their way into the mix. This tea was hearty and would serve wonderfully as a breakfast tea. This tea was delicious on its own, so I saw no need to add milk or sweeteners; however, the brew is sturdy enough that it would stand up to those if you choose to add them. I tried this tea both hot and iced and think that this one is better suited as a hot drink because I found it just a little too heavy for iced tea, which I think of as light and refreshing. While I don’t think this is the absolute best Yunnan I have had, it is certainly high on my list; furthermore, the novelty of it being rolled into pearls also helps distinguish this tea from other Yunnans. Adagio currently charges $19 for 5 oz of this, which seems, to me, to be a very good deal. I would recommend this tea to anyone looking for a full-flavor tea and/or to those that like unique packaging.
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