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Dark Night Dragon Pearls | Dark Tea

  • 5 gram Dark Night Dragon Pearl dark tea
  • 5 gram Dark Night Dragon Pearl dark tea in gold foil
  • Steeped cup Dark Night Dragon Pearl dark tea
  • Qixing stove, pine-fire smoke

Dark Night Dragon Pearls | Dark Tea
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Available online only in 10 ct. packages.

Smoked Tian Jian style dark tea from Hunan Province. The aromatics and mouthfeel vividly depict hearth and stone. The smoky character is inviting, lumbering through the cup along with fig and pine. Perfect when staying warm is the task at hand.

Each dragon pearl is approximately 5 grams and is wrapped in gold foil.

Produced April 28, 2020 and fired on August 28, 2020 by Mr. Zhang Xing in the Yuntai district of Anhua County, Hunan, China. It’s a one bud two leaf pick of the Yuntai Mountain Big Leaf cultivars growing at approximately 1,900 feet. Once rolling and pile fermentation are complete, the tea is pine fire smoked on a “qixing stove” (seven stars) - a traditional hearth with a wood stove underneath and seven holes leading the smoke up to a large 4x5 meter bamboo net that will contain the tea during the smoking process. “Tian Jian” translates roughly as “heaven’s peak” and is one of the signature styles of Anhua dark tea. 

Ingredients: dark tea

Suggested Steeping Instructions

Steep 1 pearl | 10-12 oz water | 212°F | 2 min.

Traditional Steeping

Use one dragon pearl (approximately 5 grams) in 150ml gaiwan (or teapot), use boiling water and steep as follows:

  • 10 second rinse (discard this steep)
  • 1st Steep – 20 seconds
  • 2nd Steep – 15 seconds
  • 3rd Steep – 25 seconds
  • 4th Steep – 45 seconds
  • 5th Steep – 90 seconds
  • 6th Steep – 3 minutes