Black Dragon Pearl Tea tastes even better than I had expected. It is a smooth black/red tea that is strong without being bitter. There is a definite cocoa component, yet it subtly compliments the Yunnan tea flavor rather than overpowering it. There is also a sweet, earthy quality, but nothing near what one might find in a Pu-Erh tea. The pearls are good about five infusions, with the flavor starting to taper off in the fourth. The dry leaves have an aroma reminiscent of honey and 2-3 pearls per cup is a good place to start. If you have a glass teapot, you can enjoy watching the gold and brown marble-sized leaf balls unfurl in the hot water. The brewing tea has an almost malty aroma. To begin with, brew for about 4 minutes with near boiling water and adjust from there.
Black Dragon Pearls is a relaxing, comforting tea that I'll be keeping in regular rotation. My suggestion is that you purchase yours from Adagio Teas rather than Teavana; you get more ounces for your hard-earned dollar and shipping is less expensive as well.