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drank Vanilla Black by Halcyon Tea
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Smooth, warm vanilla-ness. the vanilla tastes natural & assertive – not artificial and rude. the black tea is stout without any bite or bitterness. yummy and comforting, esp for a melancholy afternoon.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
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Marco Polo, aka The Gateway Tea.

Before I knew Ceylon from Snapple, I tasted Marco Polo …and a life-long romance with tea was born. Scented teas don’t have the power over me that they once did, but I still get weak-kneed and watery-mouthed at the smell of Marco Polo.

A powerful tool for converting the nonbelievers.

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Dylan Oxford

Not that I need an excuse to buy more tea… is there somewhere stateside to buy this that’s decent, or do you have it shipped from France?


I saw it in a Williams Sonoma store, Dean and Deluca also carries it I believe


Just bought my first tin of MF Marco Polo from Williams-Sonoma in San Jose CA. Next time I try this with milk, I’ll ice it and add tapioca balls, a la Taiwanese style.

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this is fantastic. i’m tempted to say this tea tastes sweet. but it’s more like Dragonwell flirts with sweetness. the tea walks up to my sweet-sensing tastebuds, winks, and say “How yooo dooin’…?”

good stuff.

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Dragonwell by Halcyon Tea
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180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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Black Currant – a good friend after a lil too much Friday night fun.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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picked up a tin at the nearby Peet’s. took it home, heated water to 185 & steeped 90 seconds. results scored a high decent. it’s made with middle-grade sencha, the bummer properties of which were masked by nutty riceyness. i prefer genmai cha from our local tea dealer (Halcyon Tea’s has less rice, better leaves), but Peet’s still hit the spot.

*btw – wasn’t sure whether it’s OK to talk up Businesses that sell tea. sorry if i broke any rules.

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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i’m newish to tea so i don’t have the language down just yet.

that said, i love this tea. it has all the great assam qualities: it’s bold and rich. it tastes malty. it delivers a robust caffeine dose. hands down my favorite black tea right now.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

Don’t worry about using the correct adjectives. Hang around here and you’ll read review that compare tea to flannel shirts, dirty socks, mop water and other household objects. Just say what needs to be said and we’ll get it :)

ryan m

lol – alright. will do!

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hi. been a while but i’ve come out of hibernation. cheers to iced tea season

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