Today marks the very last ChocolaTea (or, as i like to refer it “CharcoalaTea”) review. By that i mean i’m reviewing the last of the rather large batch of tea i purchased at ChocolaTea two years ago. As today’s tea is a tightly wound Black, I’m not worried about the age. I am excited to finally be able to reclaim one of my Tupperware canisters that had been holding only one or two teas for months now.
In aroma, Black Dragon Pearls resembles nothing so much as a light mocha. Dark chocolate nibs with a mild barky Pu-erh note and a caramely cocoa butter aftertaste make up Black Dragon Pearls’ flavor profile. Although on the macro you can spot a bit of Tip here and there, it doesn’t much come out in the mix. In texture, Black Dragon Pearls has the bite of a Golden Yunnan (since they both originate there), though lacking in Tip or tickle. I’m guessing the caramel note plays a part in smoothing out its texture. As you can imagine, Black Dragon Pearls has a rusty chocolate liquor tone. I guess if i had to sum it up in a word, Black Dragon Pearls is “cloying”. It will come as no surprise to me that TeaVana also has a Black Dragon Pearls tea. >.>
- Aroma – 92
- Taste – 93
- Texture – 92
- Spunk – 93
- Rarity – 91
- Availability – 92
- Appearance – 93
Mean score – 92%
Avoid. Realistically, the only thing i actually like about Black Dragon Pearls is the cleanup.
I wasn’t satisfied with either of the liquor shots, so i included both.