|"Are these good? Yes. Are these reasonably priced? Absolutely. Would I drink another cup of these if you offered me one? Sure I would. I do love a good Yunnan and this one is a nice malty, zippy Yunnan with some tasty cocoa notes."|
After trying another version of Black Dragon Pearls from a competitor and loving them, I was compelled to request a sample of this. While Adagio is one of those companies that has a pretty hit and miss track record with me, they have enough compelling blends to keep me interested. For those interested, my other recommendations from Adagio include their Coconut Pouchong, Hazelnut Black and Thai Chai.
If you are familiar jasmine green tea pearls, these are the Yunnan black tea version. These are larger than the jasmine green tea pearls that I am accustomed to seeing, but not necessarily the largest black tea pearls on the market. I will say that the aroma coming from my sample package smells malty! I used 3 of the pearls to prepare my 8 oz cup and infused them in boiling water for close to 4 min. The resulting cup is indeed malty and quite rich. I would recommend experimenting with the number of pearls used and would likely try out just 2 pearls on a future preparation. The cup is very zippy, a little brisk and had just a touch of bitterness. There are some cocoa notes as promised. I also found notes of tobacco and honey. The leaves also gave up a good second infusion. I actually found little difference between the 1st and second infusion including in the overall richness of the cup and suspect that this one will offer a good 3rd infusion though I did not attempt it.
I can't call these my favorite Black Dragon Pearls as I just feel as though my other source uses a higher quality leaf and gives up a more pronounced chocolate flavor that I love. I will also tell you that my other source is significantly more expensive ($15 for 2 oz rather than $19 for 5 oz at Adagio). Are these good? Yes. Are these reasonably priced? Absolutely. Would I drink another cup of these if you offered me one? Sure I would. I do love a good Yunnan and this one is a nice malty, zippy Yunnan with some tasty cocoa notes. These are certainly worth consideration.
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