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Murchie's Tea & Coffee

Recent Tasting Notes

82

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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86

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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79

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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79

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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100

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
1167 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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69

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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This is SO GOOD with maple whipped cream. So good.

Just don’t over-whip your cream. You might end up with a couple chunks of soft butter in your tea.

It was still good.

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

Maple whipped cream?! That sounds amazing.

OMGsrsly

Just use maple syrup to sweeten your shipping cream instead of sugar. :)

OMGsrsly

Whipping. Not shipping. Yeesh, autocorrect!

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86

Lil early? Nah. I was Xmas shopping online this morning – well, browsing and adding to my shopping cart, anyway. ;)

Ozli

Bleh, oversteeped and this was WAY perfumy and i dumped it :(

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50

Sipdown! (93)

This is ok. It’s not great. I drank it, but I don’t want any more.

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90

Sadly I’m all out of this – a sample box I got at Murchie’s in Victoria over the summer. Tea was one of the highlights of my trip! I doubt I will order more since shipping is $10 to the States. Nice with a touch of soymilk but doesn’t need sugar, IMO. Highly enjoyable morning tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Amariel

Amy, I might be willing to do a trade or something with you for it, since Murchies is literally less than 15 minute walk from where I live.

TeaBrat

oooh! think about what you might want in return…

Amariel

What do you have in your area?

Amariel

How much Pineapple Upside Down Cake do you have left?

TeaBrat

I’ll send you a DM :)

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drank Vanilla Tea by Murchie's Tea & Coffee
4043 tasting notes

sipdown! (179 after adding in my samples from angel/teavivre). I had this as a latte with dinner and walking dead tonight. It was as it usualy is. I’m glad to be done with it and likely won’ re-rder since there are other vanilla blacks out there that also taste delicious as a tea and not a latte!

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drank Vanilla Tea by Murchie's Tea & Coffee
4043 tasting notes

Tried this as a normal tea. Tonight. Um no thanks. I stand firm in my belief that murchies sells teas best served with milk and possibly sugar. I’ve got two more bags to use up tomorrow in my latte and then it’ll be a sipdown woohohoo!

Cavocorax

Yep. Seconded.
I’m really enjoying my Russian Caravan though, but I doubt I’d restock once I finish the remaining 5 oz. (It was a gift)

El Monstro

Russian Caravan has been reallllll good to me lately. As far as vanilla, I seem to like it best with milk too (or iced).

Amariel

I agree.

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58
drank Vanilla Tea by Murchie's Tea & Coffee
4043 tasting notes

Afternoon tea latte after a crazy long day or trying to take mom shopping atthe outlets. Found a crazy good deal on a suit for her, which she needs and isn’t a fussy duddy suit. Exhausting, but a good day to do it as it was a bit cloudy. Overall just having a great time out here. This morning we got to watch the pelicans pass over the water as well as the herons. So good.

Nicole

Gotta keep an eye on those moms. Mine has a tendency to dress too old as well. :)

Cavocorax

Herons! I miss seeing herons!

Glad you’re having a good trip.

OMGsrsly

Haha! I’ve convinced my mom to get rid of some of her “old lady” clothes. So good job. :) Glad to see you’re having a great time.

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69

Had this earlier in the afternoon. This is a decent enough blend,though I prefer it with the addition of caramel or vanilla.

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58
drank Vanilla Tea by Murchie's Tea & Coffee
4043 tasting notes

Latte style vanilla tea! Mmmmmperfect second tea of heathy day before getting up and getting going"

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79

This is so perfect today with a dash if milk and sugar. So warm and comforting! I thought I had a lifetime supply of this, but it might not last the winter.

I’m having such an awesome weekend too. Today we are relaxing by reading and computer games. We’re totally dystopian with Prison Architect and Papers Please on the computer, while I read some angsty fic.

TeaBrat

I want a Murchie’s in San Francisco ;)

Cavocorax

I think you could order direct from them for $10 shipping? I don’t know if it’s worth it though. Frankly, I’ve been disappointed with a lot of their teas as they seem to get astringent easily (unless you like adding milk – then you’d be fine!)

Sil

agreed. they’re a milk sort of tea company.

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90

Tea of the morning here, I had a fabulous weekend with my Sweetie but now it’s back to real life…

This is a really great blend of black teas esp. for a teabag! I accidentally oversteeped it but it still seems good to me. It reminds me of my lovely vacation in Victoria B.C. Hopefully I will go back there someday. See previous notes for more details.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Amariel

And when you come back, we have tea together! :)

TeaBrat

That would be nice!

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This shines with the promise of strawberries and lemon, but once steeped it kind of loses its appeal.

I definitely prefer it cold steeped or flash chilled over hot, but it’s a little chilly right now and I don’t want cold. I want hot lemon strawberry goodness.

Still, it’s decent. I think as a hot “iced tea” herbal I prefer Baywater’s Cranberry Orange Chili Pepper. It’s more versatile. And so good with cranberry honey.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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