Review: Canton Tea Company Black Pearls

Black Tea, Canton Tea Co., Yunnan Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"There is a wonderful spiciness that can only come from a quality Yunnan. I also note a mild caramel-like sweetness, gentle fruit notes, and a subtle earthiness; these make for a well-rounded, smooth-sipping cup."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 9/10
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About a year ago or so, I had purchased a small amount of black tea pearls (which were actually more in the style of Chinese gunpowder green tea), which I absolutely loved. This tea is no longer available, and so I have begun a quest to find a suitable replacement for rolled black tea. My first attempt was with a company that is rather well-known (but which shall remain nameless), and the product is mediocre at best. I guess today was a lucky day, because I just sampled Canton Tea Company's Black Pearls, and I think it's safe to say that my search is over. I found several aspects of these pearls impressive. First, by comparison to other tea pearls, these are pretty big. Almost resembling marbles in size, these pearls are much larger than their namesake which you would see strung on a necklace. Second, I was impressed with the uniform size and neat appearance of these pearls. There are strands of gold and brown and green all together. Lastly, is the rich, spicy aroma of the dry leaves which is exactly what I expect from a tea, such as this one, which hails from the Yunnan region. I used boiling water and two pearls per eight ounces of water. I steeped the pearls for three minutes. The tea is a coppery red color. This is a hearty and invigorating black tea. There is a wonderful spiciness that can only come from a quality Yunnan. I also note a mild caramel-like sweetness, gentle fruit notes, and a subtle earthiness; these make for a well-rounded, smooth-sipping cup. This is a sturdy tea, perfectly suited for that first brew of the morning. With its robust flavor profile, this tea can hold up to milk and sugar, but the flavor is so complex and perfectly complete on its own, there is no need to doctor this one up at all. This is one of the tastiest Yunnan teas I have had in a long time, and it gets bonus points for being packaged so neatly as large pearl shapes. The only drawback to this tea is the price (~$32 for 100 grams at the time of writing this review). This price may be a deal-breaker for many, but if you are able to splurge, I recommend you do so.

— To purchase Canton Tea Company Black Pearls, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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