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- Rare spring-harvested black tea pearls are as coveted as the legendary gems they were inspired by.
- Just as their bejeweled counterparts take years to become perfection, each tea pearl consists of 30 leaves and buds handpicked and immediately rolled before the leaves can dry.
- The famed pearls carry sweet undertones of chocolate, creating exquisitely smooth body in each cup.
My Choicest Black Tea
I love the smell of this tea. It’s earthy with notes of cocoa and malt. There is also a honey-like sweetness to the nose.
The taste is excellent: the malty and cocoa notes are quite obvious, but they are present after that honey-sweet earthiness mentioned before. One of my favorite things about this tea is that there is little to no bitterness at all (Personally, I have found that 3-4 minutes at 195 degrees is a good temperature that brings out flavor without causing bitterness).
The second cup is just like the first, except the honey and malt take a backseat to the cocoa and earthiness. This tea doesn’t get noticeably weak to me until the 4th+ steeping. However, it is not a hugely apparent loss of flavor. In short, you’ll get many infusions with this one.
Don’t let the price scare you away — anyone who has tried many Yunnan teas knows the difference in quality with price. For this particular concoction, $15/2 oz. is a reasonable buy. I use three pearls per 8 oz. water, and I haven’t used mine up in weeks! Go buy this stuff and enjoy.