Dragon Pearls

Tea type
Green Tea
Green Tea, Jasmine Flowers
Jasmine, Floral, Smooth, Vegetal, Grass, Perfume, Hay, Salt
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Edit tea info Last updated by bree
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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 g 14 oz / 404 ml

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So seductive

Incredible as it seems, each of these pearls was hand-rolled. It’s a tradition that began over 1300 years ago, when a Chinese emperor wanted to give an original gift of love. Made from green tea scented with blooming jasmine flowers, they are perfect little gems. When you infuse them in hot water, they will release the most intensely beautiful scent as they slowly unravel and come to life. (MK Kosher)

Ingredients: Chinese green tea from Zhejiang Province, scented with jasmine flowers.

About DAVIDsTEA View company

DavidsTea is a Canadian specialty tea and tea accessory retailer based in Montreal, Quebec. It is the largest Canadian-based specialty tea boutique in the country, with its first store having opened in 2008.

66 Tasting Notes

658 tasting notes

Ah, this tea is so wonderful. I know I love it, but when I’ve gone a while without drinking it I sometimes second-guess my love. One must understand how terribly I thought I hated jasmine for years of my tea-drinking life. It smelled like perfume and tasted like soap, and I could not figure out why it continued to be put in tea. This is why!

Since encountering higher-quality tea, I have found a few jasmines I like. But this one takes the cake. It’s light and delicate but sweet and indulgent. It makes me feel like I am sitting in a park surrounded by spring blossoms and a light breeze. That sounds over-the-top girly, but even the boyfriend enjoyed this last night. I selected it to accompany our bowl of blackberries and evening of watching the Tudors. It was a nice way to unwind after what feels like an altogether unreasonable amount of schoolwork, and the tea was nice with the berries.

I’m also pretty shocked at how economical this tea is, for how expensive it seems. I used 5 or 6 pearls per 12 oz of water. I didn’t have time to steep them again, but I’m pretty sure the pearls would be lovely for another infusion or two. They are perfect to grab when you realize you have forgotten to pack tea and will be travelling, as you don’t even need a strainer! I love that DT sent this as a prize for the Twitter contest. In fact, it’s slow at work and I think I’m going to go make some more now!

Maxime-Daniel Friðrikson

Damn! 5 or 6 for 12oz. Now this tea seems a lots more worth the price for me! Thanks for the review :)


No problem! It’s really surprising how few you need.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Good jasmine tea is like ambrosia. Bad jasmine tea is like soap. Pearls are soooooo good. Serious re-steeping, too.

You make these pearls sound like heaven. I have some on hand from my local tea shop right now, carefully sealed in an airtight tin. Sometimes I open the tin just to inhale the scent. Sooo relaxing.


I absolutely love this tea and you gave me a great idea when you mentioned this would not even require a strainer. I can see this being put in my thermos for on the go cup of tea. Thank you! This tea will be a regular for me. I just adore it!


I had to laugh..your review reads very much like mine. Before I saw yours I wrote that it’s like laying on a freshly washed cozy blanket in a meadown in Spring..despite the storm of life raging on or something to that effect. I think your as in love with this amazing tea as I am! It’s so exciting to find a tea that well, I am so excited about lol. It’s truly tea-nirvana! lol ok I’m getting carried away here..back to sipping this delicious tea :)

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326 tasting notes

Maybe my tastes have changed, but when I made a cup of this today I was very disappointed. All I could taste was jasmine! The green tea was mild, uninteresting and dull. I realize that this is jasmine green tea, but the words GREEN TEA are also there. So I guess if you are crazy about jasmine this isn’t such a bad tea. But maybe you should just brew a cup of jasmine by itself.

I don’t like this tea anymore, but the good news is that I have friends with less discerning paletes that will enjoy some free Dragon Pearls. ;)

200ml glass teapot, 1 1/2 generous teaspoons, 2 steeps

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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142 tasting notes

it always surprises me how very fragrant this tea is my whole cubicle smelled like jasmine, very relaxing…


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286 tasting notes

I really like the first cup of this tea. It is lightly floral and aromatic. The salesperson at David’s told me that different flavour profiles would emerge on each steeping, and I thought at the time ‘Great!’ What I didn’t count on was that I wouldn’t to drink anymore of it beyond 2 cups. One or two cups is enough for me. Once I get to the third cup, the jasmine becomes too much, and it tastes like paste on my tongue.

This tea becomes bitter if steeped too long, which happened to me on the second steeping.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Aimee Popovacki

mm i love the dragon pearls… they are SO good iced haha..


Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll try it iced!

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53 tasting notes

I had this last weekend at a friend’s home. I have to say I was quite disappointed considering how much I love the Silk Road Dragon Tears. The leaves didn’t appear to be as long and whole as in the Silk Road pearls.

More importantly, though, I didn’t find it very jasmine-y and it was quite bitter. However, I am guessing it was steeped with boiling water, and it was definitely over-steeped. I will refrain from rating it until I try it properly steeped.

Boiling 8 min or more

Yeah, you don’t want to go with boiling water for a green tea. Try steeping it at around 75-80ºC for 2 or 3 minutes.


Oh I know! :) The tea was made by a friend. I’m pretty sure boiling water was used, but it definitely steeped a long time.


Oh I see, sorry.


That’s probably it! The hot water just kills it. :( It’s definitely delicious— you should try it again.


Waaay to long steeped and no boiling water..oh this is old..did you ever try it again? I’, about to try my first cup :)

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81 tasting notes

All Jasmine tea taste the same to me. I had a piping hot tea in the Davids NYC store. It was raining out. I sat on the couch and thought about life. Not a bad cup of tea, just pretty ordinary. Maybe next time I’ll try something a bit more exciting.

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12 tasting notes

This is my favorite green tea, hands down! I love that you get a little show while you wait for the tea to steep as the pearls unroll and get cosy at the bottom of your mug. And as the leaves are so long you really don’t need a filter of any kind, they just sink to the bottom. This does, however lead to some very strong tea by the time you get to the bottom of the cup, but I just use fewer pearls per cup and give it more time to steep.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

I love teas that appeal visually aswell as taste-wise. Adagio’s Black Dragon Pearls are neat like that too – it’s like sea-anemone garden in your teacup. :D

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19 tasting notes

I enjoyed smelling this tea as much as I enjoyed drinking it. I havent tried tons of green tea but of the 5 kinds I have tried so far this one is the best. I was afraid from some of the other reviews that this would be “seaweedy” or “fishy” because I really hate that taste/smell in tea. Instead I enjoyed a mild but very pleasant tasting green tea and did I mention how much I loved the jasmine scent? its subtle, not overbearing in any way and taking deep breaths of it I felt so at ease and relaxed drinking it. Aromatherapy in a cup. I know already that this will become a staple for me. I love Pukka’s “relax” to unwind at night but I might start with this one and end with a cup of the stronger tasting Pukka as my evening unwinding ritual. I am so glad I discovered this tea..it’s stress therapy and like laying on a cozy, freshly washed blanket in a meadow in Spring in the middle of this endless storm of my life. The little things in life really do make it all worthwhile. This is one of those things for me.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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141 tasting notes

So I decided to crack these guys open today. It was my first tea at school for the new year. While it tastes good, I prefer the Camellia Sinensis pearls way better. These gewt bitter if steeped too long. Still a pretty good dragon pearl. I would classify the pearls as Camellia Sinensis ( as #1), Teopia/Teavana as #2 and DT as my third choice.

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11 tasting notes

On the suggestion of David’s Tea on twitter, I mixed this with some peppermint tea. Delicious. Really nice – just let the pearls and peppermint sink to the bottom of the cup. I’ll be adding some more pearls next time – four isn’t enough, I think, for my teacup.

180 °F / 82 °C

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