Murchie's Tea & Coffee

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75

The dry leaves smell very pepperminty because of the candy cane pieces, and there’s almost no trace of the vanilla.

Liquor is clear and red-amber. The peppermint taste and scent is much more prominent than the vanilla, which only sort of appears as an after-taste. As a lover of peppermint teas, this is definitely right up my alley. However, I’m also a big fan of vanilla rooibos and I do miss the vanilla flavour. If I can find a loose-leaf vanilla rooibos I like, I’d probably try blend them to bring out the vanilla flavour. I also like a stronger tea, so I’d probably use more tea next time.

Flavors: Peppermint, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 355 ML

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50

Re-steeped with the same leaves from my previous review. The shorter steep time definitely helped, but I lost most of the sense of the peach the second time – was more of a black tea with almost undetectable peach flavour. Still had to sweeten it a bit, but no milk this time.

Flavors: Earl Grey

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 355 ML

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50

I’m really disappointed in myself, I didn’t pay attention to my steep time and I think I over-did it. It smells wonderfully peachy, and starts off wonderfully, but finishes quite bitter. May have also been too much tea for the amount of water. The liquor was clear, but very dark.

I’m going to try sweetening it with just white sugar, see if it makes it any better. I’m definitely going to try to re-brew this and not ruin it this time xD

ETA: Added a fair amount of white sugar (probably 2tsp+) and skim milk to make this drinkable. Going to re-steep with same leaves and see what I get.

Flavors: Bitter, Earl Grey, Peach, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 355 ML

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GCTTB
I don’t know much about yellow tea, so when I found this one in the box I had to try it.
Interesting – it’s not as subtle as white tea, it’s not as grassy as green tea, it’s not as floral/buttery/mineraly as oolong, it’s not black…. it’s definitely unique.
I’m not even sure what this is. It’s a light tea but without all the stuff I don’t normally like about green and green oolongs. Weird… a little fruity. Smooth, gentle, no bitter, no astringent.
I used half the sample that was in the box, and as much as I would like to play with this some more, I’m going to leave the last of it for someone else to experience. I think I like it, but it’s hard to wrap my head around it. I would try more yellow teas if they came my way.
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GCTTB

Lychee can be really good if done well and really bad if not. This one is pretty good. It’s lychee not just some generic fruit, the black base is present without being intrusive. I’m not getting any bitterness or astringency.
All in all I like this one – really nice fruity black tea.

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80

The currant flavor is light, and not over-powering, and it goes down very smooth. It’s actually identical in flavor to an icewine tea I picked up in Chinatown (I drank them one after the other just to test that theory). Thumbs up!

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80

My my, I fared rather well this grand Black Friday. This was the only tea that I bought, but only because I stopped in to pick up some more paper tea filters. Tea was 15% off, so I smelled a few and this one was the only one that grabbed me. It’s wonderfully chocolatey with a coffee bite. I almost bought their maple tea, but oddly enough, their sample sniffing jar smelled way better than the tea in the actual bin, which smelled more bitter. Don’t know what’s up with that.

The coffee is mightily strong in flavour too. With light cream, it’s kind of like a hot Tim Hortons iced Capp but heavier on the coffee. When it comes to coffee teas, however, I still prefer Bayswater’s Chocolate Macchiato. That one has more chocolate in it. Oh man, now I want some more of that beauty.

But other than Murchie’s, the cosmetics companies were the true soul suckers. I made a Murale order since I had a $30 coupon to burn anyway, plus grabbed a couple things at Sephora. Makeup, hand cream, moisturizer, aghhhh!

Nxtdoor

It’s ok. It’s sort of exciting and it makes you feel (and look) good. You gotta fight buyer’s remorse. I’m doing it right now about this small tv I got. I guess I didn’t realize just how small it would be!

Fjellrev

Haha it’s a lot smaller than you expected, eh? What’s the size? It’s funny because I bought a 39" when I moved here in the spring and it was huge for me since I haven’t owned a TV in years, and even then, my last one was 32". Then when I went to visit my mom last month, she just bought a 50", so now coming back to this one, it seems so tiny in comparison.

Nxtdoor

Well…. I needed a small tv for one of the rooms. Our main 50" one is in the rec room downstairs but wanted a tv in the living room so I can turn it on when I’m puttering around. So I bought the smallest there was, 20" . I swear I have a computer monitor downstairs that’s larger. Now I just feel silly about it so to “fix” it, I spent even more and got myself Apple TV.

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71

Backlog from yesterday…this was in bag form, from the SSTTB, which is why I used it…I was kind of lazy yesterday morning before work. Anyway, it is not a stellar tea, just basic, and that’s ok for me sometimes. It was good, just not amazing. I think I like Tetley’s black currant just a wee bit more, to be honest.

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This is the first yellow tea I have ever drank as it isn’t an easy type of tea to get a hold of without shelling out a bunch of money.

It’s an interesting-looking tea, the dry leaves are a mix of dark brown and grey rather than yellow like you’d expect and they’re formed into little twists resulting in a tea that’s quite loose and hard to measure in my little scoop. The flavour remind me of some white teas that I’ve tried with a distinct hay-like flavour. This tea doesn’t have the same sweetness that usually accompanies those white teas though. I gave it a resteep @2:45 but the results were a bit lackluster and weak.

It’s an interesting tea, though I’m not entirely sure if I actually like it or not – I need to fiddle with the parameters a bit before I can say for sure. Can anyone else share how they steep their yellow teas?

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
LiberTEAS

I generally go with a low temp like you did, 160 – 170 is my preference. I treat it much like I would a white tea. I steep it for 4 minutes.

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45

My first sipdown! Got a 10-pack of this back in May along with a black-green blend…unfortunately this is rather disappointing.

A couple of minutes of brewing results in a nice deep colour, but an utterly bland taste. I suppose Mrs. Grey must be the older spinster sister of Lady Grey, because this tea is flat and bland and reminds me of a stuffy attic.

Anyhow, glad this is off my shelf. Time to invest in more Irish Breakfasts!

Flavors: Bergamot

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84

I was pleasantly struck by this tea. It has a strong “black” roasted flavor, but I don’t find it unpleasantly harsh or bitter. I feel that roasted can be overdone and don’t like when it falls into the category of burnt-tasting, but this tea has it just right.
It is a tad bit sweet and still good cold. I think it would be easy to add too much sweetener, but milk might be an appealing addition.

Flavors: Roasted

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70

From the Great Canadian Traveling Teabox. I tend to visit Murchie’s whenever I’m in Vancouver but I didn’t want to pass up the chance to try one of their teas that I hadn’t drank before. Lychee fruit has quite a distinct scent – to me it’s sweet fruitiness mixed with perfume-like floral notes and that’s very much what I get from this tea, particularly as it cooled off. The nice, solid black tea base makes it a decent cuppa, but I’ll be honest when I say I’m not a huge fan of lychee-flavoured anything in general. So ultimately my verdict is that if you like the fruit then this is the tea for you – if not, then you might want to skip it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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30

Backlog:

This blend was just “ok” to me. It was alright. Not something I’d want to return to and drink again, but if it were something that was offered to me, I wouldn’t refuse it. Although I might ask if there were something else available. Nor is it something I would recommend to others.

A soft smoky note, hints of grass, flinty. The one thing that set me off with this was the jasmine, because it tasted off. It tasted contrived. It didn’t belong there. I normally love jasmine, but here it just didn’t work.

I didn’t hate it, but not something I’d be hunting down to try again.

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73

I picked up this tea in the gift shop at Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, BC – Murchie’s, also a Victoria company, often makes special blends for local attractions and institutions like this. Like most of Murchie’s black teas it’s much better with milk than without. The tea base is one of middling strength and the flavours, though reasonably subtle go well with it.

PS if you’re ever visiting Victoria Craigdarroch Castle is a great tourist attraction to visit. Here’s a link to their website – http://thecastle.ca/

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I was there last year :)

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drank No. 10 by Murchie's Tea & Coffee
991 tasting notes

I went to sunterra (local grocery store) after my dentist appointment and they have Murchies tea!! I have been meaning to try some of their teas since a recommendation from the people we bought our house from, so I picked up 10 teabags of this one since it said it’s a milder tea. The dry sachet smells like a combo of green jasmine with black tea lol, generic black tea but not bad quality.

I steeped at 195 degrees for 3 mins, and it could be a tad cooler, I’ll try 185 next time to take off the slight edge. The tea is also fairly strong for an evening tea lol it might be more appropriate in the morning.

As for the flavor, this is a decent tea for a more basic bagged variety. It has a nice honeyed flavor with a softness from the jasmine. As it cools the jasmine comes out more along with some mouth drying astringency. Not bad, but I’d prefer it a bit mellower. The black tea is stable and good too.

Overall, a decent random sachet pick. I will experiment with brewing temps and steeping time to find the sweet spot, but I shouldn’t have a problem finishing this one up. The bf might even like this one! Happy I tried it :)

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I would concur with other reviews advising a weaker brew on this one. Reasonably prepared, it’s a solid middle-of-the-road “tea.” One that if I was served it unlabeled at a restaurant, I’d be quite satisfied with but probably wouldn’t bother tracking down the source of. I wouldn’t have placed the green in it offhand, but with careful focus, I can pick out notes similar to those of the base green used in e.g. jasmine and other mild green blends.

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88

The more I drink this tea, the more I taste the lychee flavor. Maybe it’s because I’m expecting it now? Regardless, this is becoming a staple for me, especially at work. It can steep for quite a while without getting bitter, which is really helpful when I forget about it when I get distracted by work. Lightly floral and fruity, a bit sweet as well.

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88

Picked this one up on my way home a while ago. Initial smell and taste is just black tea, kinda disappointed. Cooled a bit (but still hot) I started to pick up very subtle hints of lychee. Very light, almost floral taste and not fruity at all. Quite like this so I’m leaving it at work for regular drinking :)

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57

Bog standard black tea, a touch of green added. Tastes faintly of jasmine, but the bergamot is undetectable. Not pleased with this one, which is a shame. The concept is thrilling, but the execution lacking.

Flavors: Almond, Jasmine

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 22 OZ / 640 ML

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82

This was from the first round of the HH teabox and also a sipdown! I’d like to focus on sipdowns this week or next-cup-sipdowns. It’s so difficult though because I like holding on to those last teaspoons of teas to savor later.

Steep #1 // 20 min after boiling // 3 min
This is supposed to be a black and green tea. I didn’t see too many green tea leaves. I waited 20 minutes after boiling to steep it anyway. This is very tasty – it doesn’t really taste like green tea but the black tea tastes like sweet cherries. It’s pretty good! It isn’t the most brisk tea (a “library” tea should probably be pretty strong for focus) but it does have a bite to it.

Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
Since I didn’t see any green leaves in the dry blend, I used just boiled water. I didn’t want to wait! But as I was pouring, I did noticed some green leaves that had unfurled! It didn’t ruin the tea anyway. I still can’t taste the green tea. I think the cherry flavor of the black tea might balance any astringency from the green. This one is unique!

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