Black Dragon Pearls - T7 Tea
Tea : Black Dragon Pearls
Producer: T7 Tea
Website: Black Dragon Pearls
Website description: Hailing from the Yunnan province, this black tea version of the popular Dragon Pearl is naturally sweet and smooth with a touch of earthiness. Comprised of only the highest quality leaves and buds, expertly rolled into a large pearl-like shape. Subtle cocoa notes whisper gently as each pearl unfurls delivering a superior tea experience not to be missed. We suggest using 3-5 pearls per cup for a sublime tea drinking experience. Steep at 212° for 3-5 minutes.
Water: 240 ml/ approximately 8 oz
Temperature: 195 F
Steep Time: 3 minutes for four pearls totaling 3.1 gm
My Review System: https://artofthepair.com/tea-overview/
My Overall Impression (Score of 82.5 %)
First of all, I love T7 Teas offerings as I’ve stated before. They are a great value and produce an amazing cup of tea. There is a bit of confusion as on the bag I purchased, as it instructs to brew at 195 F (which I did btw). On their website, it calls for 212 F or boiling. Brewing at the higher temperature brings out more malt and aromas but I followed the package directions like you would.
Secondly, its more expensive than Yunnan Sourcing Black Pearl on a per cup basis. You are getting a better value for their tea. As of 3/15/23, T7 Pearls normally costs $26 for 3 oz (85 gm).
- 85 gm / 3 gm for steeping = 28 cups
- 85 gm cost $26 or 93 cents per cup
Typically, I double steep all my teas (use the tea twice) so I can get 56 cups or approximately 46 cents per cup. This is a reasonable price for a great cup of tea and the subtle tones make it a value.
- In the bag, toasted leaves with some malt.
- Hints of toffee, caramel, oregano, parsley, hazelnuts, walnuts, and cocoa powder.
- In the cup, It’s a flat bell curve that has great toasted malt aromas with a hint of thyme, vanilla, toffee and walnuts.
- You can detect a whiff of dry grass initially and then it disappears.
- There is an aroma of walking through a nursery and brushing up on a fern with your hands.
- This is a dry brew with medium acidity and tannin.
- It’s a warming mouthfeel that leads to a medium body on the palate.
- I love the toasted malt with hints of biscuits, walnuts, and thyme .
- It reminds me of eating beef without any seasoning…same flavor profile.
- Great mouthfeel showing hints of tobacco similar to after smoking a cigar and what’s left on your palate.
- Aromas (4.1/5)
- Flavors (8.2/10)
- Overall impression (4.2/5)
- Total score = 82.5 percent (16.5/20)
Foods to Pair
- Beef fajitas lightly seasoned that would pair with the flavor of the brew and mouthfeel.
- A simple BLT that would combine the toast essence while the acid reduces the fat on the palate.
- Steel Cuts oaks for breakfast with a hint of cream as the flavors and mouthfeel would be paired.
- Farro cooked risotto style for the mouthfeel, flavor profile and sweetness.
- Bulgar pilar with smoked chicken to pair the mouthfeel, flavors, sweetness, and acid levels.
- Peek Freen Family Shortcake biscuits that would pair with the flavor, mouthfeel, sweetness, and acid.