Murchie's Tea & Coffee

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drank Apricot by Murchie's Tea & Coffee
1366 tasting notes

I ended up quite enjoying this tea. A lower steeping temp and a bit of honey made it sweet and fruity every time.

Would I repurchase this one? Maybe. Mostly it has made me more inclined to try other apricot teas instead of peach ones all the time!

(195f, 3 min)

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Sipdown, etc.

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)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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With coconut cream and maple syrup.

At least I can taste it!

I’m feeling better again today, but so so grateful it’s a holiday. I’ll probably go in to work tomorrow for a part day, just to get some stuff started, but wow I did WAY too much yesterday. Cleaning takes a lot out of a sick person.

Courtney

You always have the best sounding additions. Coconut cream and maple syrup? Yum. I think the maple whipped cream was my favourite sounding one though.

OMGsrsly

Oh, the maple whipped cream is AMAZING. But I’m off dairy right now, so coconut it is!

Courtney

Coconut is also amazing! Do you make the coconut cream yourself? And if so, how??

OMGsrsly

I just buy it in a can. I get 70% coconut milk stuff with no additives, stick it in the fridge, open it from the bottom and pour the water off, then transfer it into a glass jar. Heh. It’s pretty solid, and you have to slowly pour your tea over it or it breaks. It might break anyways, though. Looks awful but tastes fine! Sometimes you can actually find coconut cream in a can, but I haven’t seen it yet.

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I wanted a robust blend today. I had this as a tea latte with stevia. I brewed it a bit stronger than normal to allow for a good quantity of milk to be added. Cloves, spices, delicious!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Orange Zest, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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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!

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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.

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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?

Fjellrev

That does sound like a nice combination! I’ll admit that I don’t care for smoky teas, though.

Cavocorax

It’s not terribly smoky – not quite as much as a lapsang souchong! And of course the milk mutes most of it. I don’t really have the energy to do a proper swap, but if you’re curious about it, I can stick a little into a baggie and send it your way!

Fjellrev

I’m not going to lie. I’m never curious about smoky tea hahaha. But thanks for the offer! I actually still have that Della Terra smoky Professor Grey sitting in my box which was supposed to go out to Kittenna when it was originally discontinued, and it never happened. Have you tried that?

Cavocorax

Haha. Fair enough – just thought I’d offer since we’ve done swaps before. :D

And, I can’t say I have had it before?

sherapop

Sounds good! Of course, I like Lapsang Souchong… ;-)

Yvonne

Smoke is always good!

Sil

Not always….sometimes it’s too much and only good for cooking with ha!

Fjellrev

Cavo, I can send some your way if you’re game. But I warn you, it’s semi-smothered in sprinkles. If you or Sil don’t want to try it, then I know I can just ship it all off to Kittenna, that is if she still likes it.

Cavocorax

Thanks for the offer, but I’m doing ok in the sprinkled tea category. Also, I’m always happy when Kittenna gets more tea!

Fjellrev

Ok well either way, I ought to send stuff out to the eastern Canadian front sometime. If you see anything in my cupboard that catches your fancy, let me know. :)

Cavocorax

Will do – same if you see anything in mine. :D

Sil

oh..i responded to the other comment SC (swedish chef) – send it to kittenna, i can always pick up a cup from her someday haha

Fjellrev

Otay, will do!

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I had this over the weekend for my niece’s first birthday. It honestly tasted quite a bit like the Christmas Blend, but a bit more spicy.

I enjoyed it with some milk and agave!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Aww, a one year old cutie pie!

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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?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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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!

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This is my go-to blend on any day. The green tea of this blend is definitely more pronounced than the black tea component, which gives it that floral note at the beginning of enjoying the pot. However, the further along in the pot that I drink, I notice the floral becomes more mingled with a smoky background.

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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Why Hello Christmas Tea.

I received this as a gift from my bestfriend and tea influence. I like Murchie’s Teas, they are affordable and who can’t help but support a long running company that is Canadian! (I think it is at least??)

At first sniff: It’s zippy, with smells of oranges, cloves and spice. Definitely nailed the “Christmas” time smell. It seems like it could be a very potent cup of tea if over-steeped.

At first sip: Warning – I am still sick and my tastebuds are still a bit off. I think I brewed this too strong. I did it for 6 months and I should have done it for 5 at the most. It’s very astringent, but the smells translate nicely into the cup. I had mine with milk and sugar and was not disappointed.

I will have to re-rate when my sniffer and taste returns fully.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
keychange

I know it was a typo, but I thought it was funny that you brewed this tea for six months! haha :)

Tuscanteal

Hahaha, yeah I saw that a couple days after I posted it and I have issues with editing my tea reviews (for some reason Steepster lets me edit them, but not save them.) and so I sometimes don’t bother with editing. I bet this tea would still taste pretty good after 6 months… if it didn’t go bad ;)

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I am drinking this because I was up until 4 to watch the new Sherlock ep (the only chance I had) and now my eyes are heavy all day and I need this to help wake me up. I added milk and maple agave as a treat.

I’m rewatching the Empty Hearse right now because I missed some of the dialogue and that’s a shame because the entire episode was brilliant.

Just brilliant. I am fan-girling SO HARD!!!

Ana

It’s hard to pick up on, but one of the theories on Anderson’s wall is the Tardis one where the Doctor saved Sherlock. :D

Cavocorax

That’s great. I’ll have to pause it there and take a closer look!

Mercuryhime

I need to rewatch it too. It was overwhelming. It’s way glitzier and Sherlock seems much different. I loved every second though!
When they announced that the next episode would be on Sunday at the end of the episode I shook my husband by his lapels and squeed with manic glee. I hope he doesn’t think I’m crazy now…

oddree

I am planning a rewatch already too – sooooo much going on! I’m already sending new episode related fics to my kindle :)

Cavocorax

Oh, i haven’t even looked for fics yet. I didn’t expect them so quickly!

JustJames

there’s a new sherlock out? now i’ll be up, lol. i was up for different reasons.

Veronica

It doesn’t premier here until Jan. 19. Sob!

Cavocorax

I… may have cheated to see it sooner. :p

Shmiracles

i started and ended my day with a sherlock inspired tea! they go so well together! and the episode is super re-watchable.

Sil

i finally just watched the last episode from last season…i’ve been holding on to it…waaaaiting…

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So Sil and OMGSrsly are right – this tea is great with maple added to it! I didn’t have syrup or whip cream like they did – but this maple agave seems to work nicely!

Thanks for the tip!

Sil

haha maple is win with smoky teas!

Fjellrev

I haven’t tried those Lay’s Maple Moose chips but the smoky maple combination here sounds like the same idea.

TeaBrat

Yum. I will need to try the maple idea someday….

Roswell Strange

My mom was shocked the Lay’s Maple Moose won: according to her they taste like “Sweaty moose balls”. That was enough of a descriptor to keep me from trying them, though :P

Fjellrev

Haha I’ve heard nothing but negative comments about them. One reason why popularity contests ruin life.

At least Russian Caravan + maple syrup doesn’t taste like sweaty moose balls. I doubt Cavo would be raving about it if it did!

Sil

Didn’t know there was a contest lol.

Sil

Also….how do you know she wouldn’t be raving about it. Maybe sweaty moose balls are her. Thing ;)

Cavocorax

Hahha. You don’t know until you’ve tried them?

OMGsrsly

You need to get some whipped cream to try this with as well, Cavo. :)

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I LOVE this tea. It is one of my favorite Earl Grey’s (or just tea). I’m nearly out and must reorder from Murchie’s in Victoria, BC. This tea is great on a chilly afternoon while reading a book or knitting with the TV on.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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One of Sil’s offerings in the BBBBox.
This is very bright, very tart, very ceylon.
Initially, it set off an alarm in my mouth, but once you get past the initial shock, there’s some body to it, kind of sweet. A very citrus mouth, I think this might be better cold. Definitely not a morning tea, for sure. The astringency would make me wretch.

Sil

hahahaha murchie’s = milke + sugar for me

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drank Apricot by Murchie's Tea & Coffee
1366 tasting notes

Not bad, not bad. Not really what I wanted tonight, though.

It’s super fruity. I like it better in the summer, but there really isn’t anything wrong with it now.

As with all Murchie’s teas I’ve tried, cooler water is better. Way less bitter.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Sipdown on this one. I sent this to the ladies in the BBB Box mostly for a play on the names of the teas. They received a breakfast blend and then an afternoon blend. :) Next trip is going to be Fancy teas!

This helped solidify in my mind that Murchie’s teas are only for me if i want a a nice delicious tea with milk and sugar. It helped as well that i finally figured out i need to steep this at a bit cooler temperature since there’s some sneaky darjleeing in there.

Overall, not a fantastic tea but it’s well enough for the small quantity that let me play with it and share it. I don’t think it’ll be a super huge win with the ladies, but that’s part of the fun! we get to share experiences and some are wins and some are less wins hahaha

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

That’s right!

OMGsrsly

I love how everything is categorized as a win. :)

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Uhh, JustJames, I think I have a problem.
https://twitter.com/omgsrslyfolks/status/402152147568975872/photo/1

Thanks for that. It required some negotiating to find this tea in the cupboard.

I actually really like this smokey tea. I didn’t think I would, until Sil suggested maple syrup, and then I ended up with Too Much whipping cream. Maple whipping cream + Russian Caravan tea = match made in heaven.

This tea probably isn’t the best quality out there, but I’m enjoying it and that’s what counts. Right? It will definitely be a void in my cupboard when it’s done, but what to fill it with…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JustJames

!!!!!!!! XXXXXXOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!!!!

the gobbledygook above? well, you’re too awesome for words. i thought of going with binary or hex, but always takes up a ton of space. SO AWESOME!

OMGsrsly

LOL. I couldn’t resist.

JustJames

you totally made my day. =0)

Amariel

So so funny. Sadly, I’m not a fan of smoky teas.

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Sipdown from, uhh, a couple days ago.

Guys, no internet for 2 weeks was HARD. I tried to keep up at work and on my phone, but I’ve used up most of my phone data for the month. :/

Anyways. I liked it, it was refreshing, I won’t buy more. Iced or cold brewed is best. (This time it was cold brewed.)

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