Murchie's Tea & Coffee

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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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86

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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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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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 Vanilla Tea by Murchie's Tea & Coffee
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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
4923 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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drank Vanilla Tea by Murchie's Tea & Coffee
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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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drank Vanilla Tea by Murchie's Tea & Coffee
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Latte style vanilla tea! Mmmmmperfect second tea of heathy day before getting up and getting going"

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drank Vanilla Tea by Murchie's Tea & Coffee
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Made myself a latte with this one as a break from the straight tea i’ve been drinking today. This is a fairly average vanilla tea – not too strong and not too bad. I think? i bought it to try something after visiting the store but now i can’t recall lol oh well! it’ll do in a pinch when i want to use tea bags for things.

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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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I can see how this tea would go well with mint and sugar. So tasty. Yes, it’s a green tea I like! A little toasted, a little savoury (but nothing like Silk Road’s Melon Seed…), lots of depth.

Now I’m super excited to try the other Gunpowder teas I got in the swap!

Thanks, Cavocorax!

(This will probably resteep well, too, since the leaves didn’t even manage to fully unfurl. Yay!)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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60

Sipdown – I fiddled a bit with the leaf amount and steaping time but I was never able to get more flavour out of this tea. Even with milk, it never improved beyond basic-black-tea-with-a-hint-of-cinnamon.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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60

Instead of the usual spicy cardamom scent this tea smells like cinnamon – I mean REALLY like cinnamon, as in ‘are you sure someone didn’t stick those spicy cinnamon hearts in here?"

The flavour was rather disappointing though, the spices were quite weak to the point that I’m not sure this qualifies as a proper chai blend at all. Definitely not ‘Traditional’.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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76

Cool, here is another sip down. I went through this faster than expected, but I wouldn’t buy it again. I think I was just subconsciously trying to get it out of the way.

The last cup accidentally got soy milk. I meant to use half-and-half, but grabbed the soy without thinking since I just used it for a peanut butter banana porridge recipe I tried out (it was so delicious) and it was already on the counter.

Eh, not great with the soy but yay for one more down.

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The dry leaf smells ridiculously heavenly. Truly like a slice of banana cream pie speckled with coconut on top. There are chunks of vanilla pod and shredded coconut scattered amongst the tea leaves.

This must be a popular tea because I’ve been trying to purchase it since moving here a year ago, and every time I’ve gone, it was completely sold out.

Hot, without any additives, I would say that the banana is the strongest note next to the base. It’s not as flavourful as I had hoped considering how fragrant the dry leaf is.

I tried it with agave and milk, and didn’t care for it. I think the agave didn’t go well with it. Just covered up the subtle flavours even more.

Now, I’m trying it with a dash of half-and-half (I feel so guilty for buying some!) with a bit of honey, and it’s better. I can now taste the coconut and the banana is even stronger, like banana chips. The vanilla is brought out a bit too. I was still hoping for a little more of the coconut and/or vanilla but overall, it’s a pleasant dessert tea.

Would I buy it again? Probably not, but so far, it’s my favourite Murchie’s blend.

Anna

It’s so frustrating when the scent is really strong and then in the cup it’s just… flat.

Fjellrev

Yeah, you’d think a strongly scented ingredient would also be more flavourful.

OMGsrsly

I’ll have to try that one. It sounds really interesting, and I’d be OK with the banana not being too much in my face. :)

Fjellrev

If I have any left if/when we ever meet up, I’ll pass some down to you. :)

I agree, not a huge fan of banana but luckily it’s not too strong.

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I think I’ve had too much tea lately that I’m having a hard time with some tastes. This smelled really good, but I had a hard time picking out subtle flavours. I did add milk and sugar, so next time maybe I’ll skip the milk.

This is from incendiare from our trip to Murchies a few days ago. She picked up her Butiki order and gave me a sample of this to try.

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