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Flavors: Green, Smoke

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155 °F / 68 °C

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My mother in law’s favourite tea!! She gave me some for Christmas and gosh I love this tea!! I don’t drink it too often just because I only have a little bit left and don’t want to run out! Like its name suggests it’s perfect with a good book :)

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Good combination of green and black tea flavour. This is a simple blend but the flavours go together quite well and it tastes like a good quality tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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Flavors: Apple, Brown Sugar, Caramel, Creamy, Milk, Rooibos, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Flavors: Bitter, Fruity, Lemon, Lemon Zest

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Milk, Spices, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 300 OZ / 8872 ML

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I absolutely love blueberry teas, and this one was not a disappointment. I did find the green tea a tad bitter but the blueberry was sweet enough to balance it out nicely.

Flavors: Bitter, Blueberry, Fruity, Green, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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The teabag smells very sweet and fruity. I can smell vanilla and rooibos as it steeps. By about three minutes it is a dark amber colour. I buy my teas from Murchie’s in paper sachets for convenience, but you can’t taste paper or packaging at all. The pomegranate flavour is very nice. Sweet, but no hint of acidic or tangy notes. Overall this tea is super smooth and well rounded. I very much enjoy the creamy vanilla. II didn’t add milk or honey but it tastes like it is a latte.

The second steep is just as flavourful, which isn’t surprising for a Murchie’s blend or for rooibos drinks. I’ve tried re-steeping this tea 4 times over about an hour without any loss of flavour.

Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Fruity, Honey, Milk, Red Fruits, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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This tea is quite good, but a little bit too sweet for me most mornings. There are lots of subtle fruity and sweet tasting notes.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Fruity, Red Fruits, Rooibos, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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As far as earl greys go, this is the best one I’ve had. It could stand for a slightly stronger bergamot flavour, but it’s otherwise very good, especially for making London Fog!!! :P

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This tea is my enigma.

I cannot discombobulate the strange aroma and taste with the fact that I am essentially just drinking slightly flavoured water! I mentioned yesterday that when I first opened the sample box, the smokey aroma really shocked me. I knew from reading reviews on Steepster that lapsang souchong was one of those “fringe” teas that you either loved or hated, but I had no idea what to expect once I actually got my hands on some of it.

Upon further reflection yesterday night about my strange and puzzling new tea sample that wafted its aroma from its box all around my kitchen, I realized that the smell it reminded me of campfire smoke. Exactly this. I could almost see the smoke spewing out of the little box (which, incidentally, I also realized looked like cigarette packs, lol…) if I took a deep breath of it.

I brewed it after work today, still having no idea what to expect in terms of flavour. When I poured the water over the teabag, lo and behold: smoked salami. What the hell are you talking about, you might ask? I have no freaking clue. When this tea was brewing, I swear to you it smelled like heavily smoked, delicious meat. Some sort of salami or even smoked salmon maybe. My stomach grumbled because I got hungry from the aroma alone. It was beginning to be difficult to be content with the yogurt/fruit snack I had decided to prepare for myself along with this tea.

Needless to say, I was hesitant in my first tasting. The aroma died down after a while as it cooled down (or maybe I just got used to having it around me), and it went back to a less enticing campfire smoke smell. If I had to describe what campfire smoke tastes like, I’d pretty much just hand you some of this tea. Even in my mouth, I can barely get around the smokiness to catch a hint of the black tea underneath, although I do have fleeting glimpses of it if I concentrate hard enough. It’s not unpleasant per se, I just don’t really know to enjoy this weird new sensation. Maybe one day I will become a lapsang souchong appreciator. For now, I will let this tea puzzle me from inside a box.

Whiteantlers

When I was in my 20s, I always ordered Lapsang when I went out for high tea. It can be excellent with the right food. Just recently, I revisited it, and you’re correct-it’s a punch you in the face kind of tea. My next tea quest is to find a reasonably gentle Lapsang, assuming such a thing exisits. Very much enjoyed your spot on review.

ashmanra

Lapsangs, like other teas, can be so very different. Black Dragon from Upton Tea is sweet and good, Baker Street Blend is a mix of lapsing and Darjeeling and we love it. We like it strong, so Dammann Freres Lapsang Souchong Crocodile is one of our favorites, as is Lapsang from Zen Tea Life in Canada. I do not care for Lapsang tea that just tastes like smokey water, though! It has to have some body for me. My youngest daughter has loved it since she first had it at about age 11. Lapsang is great with certain cheeses. :)

Whiteantlers

@ashmanra, thanks very much for the recommendations. I am going to do some Lapsang scouting. I order a lot of samples from Upton so I can start there. Cheers!

Mookit

@Whiteantlers Thank you, I am happy you enjoyed reading it! I think, when my courage comes back, I may try a more gentler lapsang souchong, or even try a few different ones that may not be as smokey but more layered with different flavours.

@ Ashmanra Cheese! I love cheese, and I can see why lapsang would be great to pair with it, considering it smells like smoked meat, haha! Thanks for pointing out different lapsangs to try, I will keep them in mind!

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Another sample box I grabbed from Murchie’s the other day. This one also powdered, but had better brewing results than the CBC Radio Blend. First time trying Keemun, so I’m not sure if the quality of the leaves here is going to significantly change my experience of it (as opposed to if I’d have tried it in loose leaf). My first tasting of this tea is positive, however; the flavour profile is malty and delicate, with a slightly smoky flavour in the background. Reminds me a little of assam tea – bold, smooth black tea but a bit more “grungy”.

I also got a lapsang souchong sample from Murchie’s, and oh boy – when I opened that sucker, I was blown away by the heavy smokey/tobacco aroma. I’m a little scared of trying it later today (or tomorrow), but really intrigued. I’ve never encountered a tea like it before.

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Have been drinking this one at work so that I can use up the last of my teabags in the sample box. I’ve learned that this tea needs to be steeped to a MAXIMUM of 30 seconds, as anything longer and it will start to go bitter very quickly. So I’ve been steeping it for abour 30 seconds each time, and I think I would be willing to improve by rating of this tea by a little bit. It is still not something I would consider “good”. But my method made it more drinkable. The tea is no longer bitter, and the flavour is in the best balance that I could get it to be without making the tea astringent by steeping it too long.

The aroma is fairly mild but nice, slightly lemony. The flavour of the tea is very basic, almost bland. Black tea is predominant, with a weak mix of other flavours that aren’t even strong enough for me to identify, save maybe for the lemon. Overall, a very basic and bland tea that I will not be buying again.

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Visited Murchie’s yesterday for the first time, and decided to go ahead and buy a few samples, as I didn’t know when I’d get to be near a Murchie’s again anytime soon. This is one of the teas I grabbed, as I remembered reading good things about in on Steepster. They were selling them in small boxes of 10 tea bags. I asked the girl working there if the bagged tea was still full-leaf. She said yes, but seemed unsure. ‘Lo and behold, it is not full leaf. I am rather disappointed by that, because I am not interested in powdered tea. If I was, I’d still be drinking Lipton.

The tea itself brewed very quickly. Within a minute or two, the colour was dark and I had to take the tea bag out. This happens with all my other low-quality powdered tea, and did not inspire much confidence. Aroma was rather light and a little bit citrusy.

I can barely taste any jasmine in the blend, however. The black tea is astringent and dominant in the flavour profile, following a slight lemon-ny twinge. It’s not too bitter, though, so still drinkable. Overall, it seems to brew like an average run-of-the-mill powdered black tea. Little bit disappointing, but I guess I did go in with high expectations.

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I dislike that Murchie’s has upped their 25 gram minimum to 50, and gotten rid of their loose-leaf 25 gram boxes. One of the most solid things about them an some of the other chains (yes, DavidsTea) is that their minimum was way more friendly/made it much easier to sample many teas at once without getting stuck with a tea you didn’t like.

At any rate, they still have the boxes of ten teabags, which I opted for even though I tend to find there’s a difference in taste between their fanningteabags and looseleaf teas.

I associate Canadian breakfast with keemun for some reason, but this blend is strongly assam. Actually, I just checked and it SAYS it’s keemun and ceylon, but this is so overwhelmingly NOT keemun OR ceylon. Maybe an african-grown assam, but still definitely assam. Strong and malty, and almost that overly-tannic berry taste. It’s still got a bit of maple, but it’s definitely a very strong, astringent tea, which might just be due to the teabag although I don’t know how to explain the tea-blend discrepancy.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Tea from yesterday. This was perhaps a little overstepped. It was a little astringent. It was a fairly decent cuppa though with malty, raisin notes.

The resteep at 4 minutes seemed a bit more mellow.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Had an old favourite with some good friends tonight. Sad that it’s discontinued, but glad I stocked up! Fruity black tea, but with a creaminess you don’t often get from fruit teas.

On another note, excited to try all the new teas just received! Hoping and praying my sense of taste comes back soon so I can fully enjoy them!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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Grabbed this the other day in White Rock from two lovely gals that I’ve now Steepster-indoctrinated. (Muahahaha! And, welcome ladies!)

This, along with Paris Breakfast (that I also grabbed) came highly recommended with my requests (not floral or jasmine, flavored, dessert-y, earth-y or the like). I tried this the other night, and again today. I had the same reaction each time – I LOVE the smell. It’s decadent, buttery and gooey, like caramel should be. Drinking it isn’t as amazing, but as one of the staffers pointed out, if it did, it would be artificial.

Which I think is why I don’t love this tea. I need to drink it a few more times, but, it’s just not fully “real”. There’s something vaguely artificial to me, which might be the red rooibos (not normally a huge fan), or perhaps the flavoring used. Not sure. I still like it, it’s still really tasty, I’m happy to share… I just won’t reach for it consistently like I do the Caramel Puerh from Tea Desire.

Flavors: Caramel, Thick

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Met some new tea friends at Murchies today, including some amazeballs lady with a TEA TATTOO!!

Alas, this is about the tea, not the awesomeness that is the Murchies staff in White Rock. :)

Grabbed this today, which is technically a spice and not a tea, but I drank it as a tea ((and it’s meant to be added to a tea, so, yeah). Oh so good. Truly, perfect blend of spices, and exactly what I needed tonight.

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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