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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 14 oz / 414 ml

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Named after the famous No. 10 Downing Street in London, is a mild, sweet blend of green and black teas. Grandfather John’s unconventional tea blending ideas resulted in one of Murchie’s most famous blends. Our No. 10 Blend was selected in 1996 as the best beverage out of over 300 products sampled at the Canadian Association of Specialty Food.

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Treat this one as a green. It’s the only way!

If you don’t it will end up really overdone and bitter.

Treated as a green, it’s pretty good. Not my favourite, but drinkable.

Cavocorax

I wonder what base they use for their black blends that make it so easily bitter?

OMGsrsly

That is such a good question. They apparently steep their samples with boiling water, and their samples don’t go bitter. It’s so weird. The diamond jubilee I have is apparently all black teas and also needs to be treated like a green. So disappointing, as I do not have the patience for that.

Anna

Wait – you don’t have the patience to treat it as a green? I usually pick greens over blacks (not to mention rooibos) because I don’t have the patience to wait for 3-8 minutes. I usually steep greens 1.5 minutes. (Sorry if this is a really stupid question.)

OMGsrsly

When I say ‘treat it like a green’ I don’t necessarily mean steep for less time, I mean getting the water temperature right for the leaves. I don’t have the patience to boil my water then wait around taking the temperature till its 180f or so. And now that I’m using filtered water I don’t fill my kettle, so the time I have to wait for the water to cool is different for every boil. If I had a variable temp kettle it’d be easy! (I steep almost everything 3 min unless I’m doing gongfu style or steeping an herbal.)

Anna

Oooh! I have a variable temp kettle now, but in my experience, many greens (although I mainly drink flavoured teas) steep just as well with boiling water as within the 70-80C range. With finer teas, though, I understand if this wouldn’t work. Thank you for explaining!

OMGsrsly

For me, greens cannot be steeped in boiling water. :) Doesn’t matter if its a cheap bagged tea or a fancy one.

Anna

I know that’s a pretty common perception – but how do you feel about Lupicia’s view? They themselves recommend boiling water and 1.5 minutes steeping times for nearly all their teas. (And they’re the ones that made me dare use boiling water for my greens at all!)

OMGsrsly

I’ve never had their teas so I don’t know. None of the green teas I’ve had work to my taste with boiling water.

Cavocorax

I only boiled a green tea once, and I was surprised by how well it worked. I haven’t dared try it on an expensive tea though – maybe someday. But someday I’ll probably just spend the $60 to get the vriable temp kettle!

OMGsrsly

My kettle’s auto shut off doesn’t always work anymore, so since a variable temp kettle is about the same price as a new stainless one, I’ll be getting variable temp. Eventually. :)

Anna

I got a Bosch Styline a couple of weeks ago just to try the variable temp concept out, and I’m really enjoying how much it simplifies the whole process. Now that I’m so completely sold on it, I covet that Bonavita gooseneck one.

OMGsrsly

Ooo, that’s fancy. I’m probably going to get a $50 option from Canadian Tire. My last kettle was a gift, and is the only reason I don’t just use a pot on the stove. :)

Anna

It’s super fancy. I feel maybe I’d just stand there and sort of gaze at it shyly… and then edge out of the room slowly without ever daring to approach it.

Cavocorax

That’s great Anna!
I’m in the same boat as OMGsrsly – my old one was a gift and I used it so much that the lid no longer closes – it won’t turn off anymore. As soon as I get job, I’ve promised myself a new kettle as a reward!

Anna

I look forward to reading all about your future kettle upgrades in the future, OMGsrsly and Cavocorax!

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Go Canucks! Kick Buffalo’s ass! :P

I’m afraid I’m not having a very ‘hockey-suitable’ tea, though. The smell of this tea is an odd mix between the typical ‘tea’ smell and a soft jasmine fragrance. Interestingly the smell while steeping is pretty reminiscent of my H&S Dragon Pearl Jasmine.

The flavour however isn’t nearly as flowery. It’s light but it has a clean taste with some sweet, vegetale notes hovering in the background.

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

I find teas w/ numbers as names weird… But that’s just me:)

Harney & Sons The Store

It does make them slightly nondescript…

Cofftea

This one is named after No. 10 Downing Street in London and I LOVE when teas are named after things, but unfortunately you wouldn’t know that w/o reading the discription… It’s gotta be evident for me.

Auggy

Yay hockey! I’m not sure what I’d count as a hockey suitable tea but yeah, I’m pretty sure a jasmine-y one probably wouldn’t be it!

Cofftea

lapsang souchong? cooked pu erh? beer tea? bacon tea?

Harney & Sons The Store

I’m excited to check out this beer tea…

Harney & Sons The Store

Have a look at my discussion I put up, I’d love to hear what you guys think!

Jillian

Yeah, this would be a good time for one of 52Teas’ ‘Man Teas’. ;)

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Take this review with a grain of salt, as I am about as inexperienced at reviewing tea as a person can get. :) I ordered this tea some months ago and have enjoyed it regularly in the mornings with breakfast or in the afternoons, just as a little pick-me-up. It’s a green-black blend, which I have discovered is my favorite, but it is very easy to “over-steep” this tea, as I discovered this morning. Three minutes seems to be the magic number for my finicky palate, but alas, I let it go to five while getting ready for work, and the black flavors completely overwhelmed the green. Oh well, live and learn.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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886 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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Of course I see this “treat as a green” after I brew it up! Heh. Silly me. It’s still tasty at 200F instead of OMGsrsly’s recommended 185F, it’s just much more tasty when still hot. Cold, it’s an unremarkable black. Hot? A honeyed, deep, very rich, almost coffee-like brew.

Thank you OMGsrsly for sharing this, and so many other Murchie’s blends with me!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I’ve enjoyed this tea for years, not on a daily basis, but as a nice counterpoint to my usual cup of Assam or Irish Breakfast. It makes excellent iced tea, so I always brew a big pot full to enjoy later in the day.

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I started looking for a green and black blend after realizing how much I like the flavor combination in Tazo Joy tea. My sister ordered me several options from Murchies & this is the first I’ve tried. I’m still playing around to find my optimal steeping time, but I really love it so far. It has the deep richness I love in black tea with the more floral, fragrant notes I associate with green tea.

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A friend bought this for me thinking it was my favorite. I saw that it was a blend and put off trying it for several weeks. Then one morning, out of desperation, I had some. Now I’m hooked! It’s very smooth and the green tea gives it a sort of smokiness (?) I like.

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I’m a sucker for green/black blends, and this one is my ‘go to’ tea. I love it so much that I keep a tiny tin in my purse for teamercencies.
I find it a nice light tea, perfect for a mid-morning pick me up, or in the afternoon with a snack. I wouldn’t put milk in it- although I have been known to throw in a little bit of sugar with my first cup out of the pot (it is ALWAYS made in a pot).
Basically, this tea is a happy blend between green and black. And that makes me happy!

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