Tea Reviews

Adagio Teas – Black dragon pearls

January 20, 2020
Adagio Teas - Black dragon pearls

Adagio Teas – Black dragon pearls

Tea description

Black Dragon Pearl tea is a rare, hand-rolled variety of black tea with a smooth, rich and chocolatey taste. Hailing from the Yunnan province of China, this black tea version of the popular Dragon Pearl tea is comprised of only the highest quality leaves and buds expertly rolled into a large pearl-like shape.

Black Dragon Pearls are naturally sweet and smooth, with a touch of earthiness. Subtle cocoa notes whisper gently as each pearl unfurls, delivering a superior tea experience not to be missed. We suggest using 2-3 Black Dragon Pearls per cup for the fullest flavor.

Caffeine content: High

Where to purchase:  Adagio teas

Suggested brewing tips

Brewing time: 3-5 minutes

Water temperature: 100°C

Quantity: 1 teaspoon

Tasting notes

This tea is a first in my collection and I was really excited doing this tasting. The black dragon pearl is a rare black tea where quality tea leaves and buds are tightly and skillfully hand-rolled into pearls. The large tea leaves bloom and releases a red-gold color which makes it visually appealing.

The origin of the name of the tea and the mention of the word ‘dragon’ remains a mystery to me with no specific explanation.

I tasted the tea using the same amount of tea pearls for two infusions with just a minor difference in the steeping time.

Tea attributes

Dry Aroma: Fruity, berry-like aroma, with a strong mask of cocoa and malt.

Evolution of tea leaves: Within a few seconds of the hot water coming in contact with the perfected rolled pearls, they unfurl and release color. The tea leaves expand and a deep orange hue collects and rises from the base of the teapot.

Wet leaf aroma: Absent of all the bright dry scents. Now replaced by a smokey, earthy, roasted nuts like scent.

Adagio Teas - Black dragon pearls

First Infusion

Steep time: 4 minutes

Water temperature: 100°C

The black dragon pearl tea has a complex flavor profile. The predominant flavors are a deep smokey like flavor with an apricot-like freshness and mild sweetness layering the liquor. The sweetness is not obvious and it almost masks the tea.

It is a full-bodied tea with an earthy undertone. There is no hint of astringency whatsoever.

Adagio Teas - Black dragon pearls

Second Infusion

Steep time: 5 minutes

The color of the liquor has intensified giving it a whiskey like golden-brown hue. The smokey, roasted, earthy flavors have amplified. The dragon pearls are a little drying on the palette but the subtle sweetness comes through and makes for a smooth tasting.

Tea accompaniment

I paired Adagio teas – Black dragon pearls with a Raspberry intense dark chocolate from the Lindt excellence collection. The chocolate had bright pops of raspberry which pair really nicely with the smokey, earthy flavor of the tea.

I really enjoyed my experience tasting this unique hand-rolled tea which would make for a great replacement to coffee. It has a high caffeine content but without that punch-me-in-the-face like kick of flavor. A source of positivity, and strength to start my mornings.

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