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Ok, so I’ve had enough of this tea. It’s over a year old and the worst offender on my rotation because I had so much of it to sipdown. Enough! For the last 2 weeks I’ve had a heaping cup of this every day, with a bit of maple agave and a dash of milk to entice me to drink it (and… yes, enjoy it!), and now I’ve got maybe half an oz left!!!
It’s a good tea – pretty much the only one from Murchie’s that I’d drink consistently, but I had 6 oz of this to start with! I never swapped it out either because I didn’t want the smoke smell to contaminate the other teas!
I received 3 bags of this tea as an “overflow tea” from my friend Sandra. She received a boxed set of 3 types of tea as a gift, tried them all, and liked this one the least. And since it’s apparently well-known that I like tea it ended up wandering my way. I tried 2 bags before reviewing the tea because I was surprised with the first one.
This blend is a plain green-black blend. I figured there would be some sort of “flavour” added in, but nope. Just plain black tea mixed with plain green tea. When I found that out I instantly assumed: “yuck”. I’m not a fan of straight black teas. I find them boring, they make my tummy feel yucky, and they leave a wacky after-taste. I’m just not a fan. I think the green tea in this balanced out the astringency of the black tea because I (shockingly) actually liked this. After looking at the website I don’t like it enough to actually buy it, but I like it. A bit floral-ish, a bit smoky, a bit yum. I will definitely enjoy the last bag, and at the same time be sad when the last bag is gone. If you like green-black blends, you’ll likely like this tea. If you like straight teas, this one’s a pretty good one (saying a lot that I actually like it!).
Verdict: wouldn’t buy only because it’s pretty darn expensive for a plain black-green blend, and I like others much more that are cheaper than this one.
Brewed this up earlier today, and it smelled identical to a black currant. Amazing! Just had a sip though, hours after making it, and there’s a bizarre white coating on the sides, with what looks like oil drops suspended in the mix. It looks… sickly, so I’m dumping it, although the one gulp I did have was delicious – this would be fantastic iced. JustJames, I really hope I remembered to send you some of this.
Thank you OMGsrsly for sharing this with me!
Oh, this was a good tea this morning. Smokey, richly flavoured, kinda like a campfire. :)
I had it with homemade coconut creamer. So good. And I also had oatmeal with maple syrup and coconut.
All with a whiny cat on my lap. Seriously. He pushes me around on my bed at night, then demands loads of snuggles as soon as I get up. Cat, you are ridiculous. (Of course, his name is Princess… for a reason.)
Of course I see this “treat as a green” after I brew it up! Heh. Silly me. It’s still tasty at 200F instead of OMGsrsly’s recommended 185F, it’s just much more tasty when still hot. Cold, it’s an unremarkable black. Hot? A honeyed, deep, very rich, almost coffee-like brew.
Thank you OMGsrsly for sharing this, and so many other Murchie’s blends with me!
I knew I’d have to do some sleuthing when this tea, which OMGsrlsy shared with me, came up with zero entries in the Steepster database. A bit of Googling and reading over Murchie’s site discovered that this tea, Royal Roads University, was initially called Hatley Castle, named so after the castle that sits on the university grounds (and is now a gift shop). All of this is wildly fascinating to me as a horrible historian yet avid BC-wide traveller, as many of the names associated with this tea are intimately familiar to me – and I even applied to a Masters program at Royal Roads a few years back (and am SO glad now that I chose to do other things instead).
Anyway, on to the tea! :) I overleafed slightly (two bags for a 12 oz. cup) however it seems to be quite lovely nonetheless. Rich, dark, almost coffee-ish, brisk, and honeyed. Surprising to me that this is a black-green blend!
Thanks OMGsrlsy for sharing this; I’ve now updated the tea listing to reflect the ‘old’ name.
A honeyed black? That’s about all I’m getting from this, other than maybe a weird aftertaste as it cools… something almost soapy? Can’t quite put my finger on it. Liked it better piping hot than as it cools, although it’s in the Timolino, so it’ll be warm for a while still. ;)
Thank you OMGsrlsy for sharing! I’d had this on a mental list to-try for a bit now, and am so glad I was able to.
I’m drinking the teabag version of this blend (many of Murchie’s black tea blends are available in both bagged and loose leaf form). I steeped it for three minutes which seems to work well given that I’m taking it plain. It could probably be drunk with milk as well though. The tea has a distinctly tannic flavour but it avoids being too astringent or bitter. In flavour I’d say that it’s mostly like a Ceylon with a hint of Darjeeling, but there’s undertone of Yunnan black tea notes as well – it comes across as a slightly leathery, almost tobacco-like flavour (the crappy Yunnans will taste like cigarettes – thankfully this one does not). In terms of strength it fall somewhere towards the middle of the road – it has body but it’s light enough that it doesn’t need milk to be drinkable.
This is an old sample from Cavocorax. Heh.
The leaves of this gunpowder are rolled super tight and small, but as they steep they open up and release a lot of dust. That makes me sad.
It’s a pretty good green tea, definitely something I’ll be drinking more of… as a friend got me some for Christmas. :)
It’s not too vegetal, not too buttery, not too much like seaweed. That’s good, because I tend to dislike those flavours in green teas.
(1.5 tsp in 12 oz)
My area has been experiencing a sudden cold snap after a long stretch of warmer winter weather. This is the tea I’ve turned to at night, when I want to warm up as I finish up my evening and prepare for bed. It is ‘cozy’ and it has an overall ‘caramel’ taste, which takes the ‘medicinal’ edge off of the rooibos.
If you like rooibos and a calming taste, then I recommend this!
And here’s another cup of this!
I have to say this is probably the best of the Murchie’s teas. Well, or that I don’t really care for Murchie’s teas – they are so finicky and often require milk and sugar in order to make it good. I’m sorry Murchie’s. I’ve probably spent about $50 on your teas and I wish I could love them more.
I keep forgetting about this one and I still have about 3 oz of it left! That’s at least half of it gone at least!
This has a dash of milk and a decent amount of maple agave in it. YUM.
I really need to drink a lot of this done before spring because it’s best in the winter cold, and I don’t think it’d still be good for next winter. It won’t be hard – I just need to remember how good it is!
Who doesn’t like smoke and sugar and maple?
Another Christmas present from my father-in-law this time.
This was a stocking stuffer and I wasn’t expecting much from it. It reminds me of Tetley or another Orange Pekoe. Simple to brew and seemed pretty forgiving with steep times. I enjoyed it as usual though I feel like for these stronger blends, it’s better to use real sugar rather than stevia. Not sure why?
Enjoying some afternoon tea in the afternoon. Not sure what makes something an afternoon tea as I would definitely consider this a good kick you in the ass morning tea to get you going. Added some honey and cream after I tasted it straight. It’s somewhat sweet on it’s own so it only needed touch of honey. I went on a long run this morning so I’m glad this is a robust tea to give me a little boost to get through till the kids are in bed and i’m on the sofa watching the season 5 premier of dexter. That season 4 finale pretty much kept me up all night. So unnecessary. Ugh.
Thanks Sil! Been enjoying many of the teas you and Terri have sent, although i haven’t been doing a good job of logging them!