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TTB #5

This is a very smooth, light black tea with a strong grape flavor. The grape came across a bit artificial to me, so I wasn’t a huge fan.

Flavors: Grapes, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Peach by Murchie's Tea & Coffee
512 tasting notes

This one is pretty delicious as a hot tea latte. I definitely get some peach flavor along with the black tea. Another new tea sample I got to try in my surprise tea swap.

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I can taste a hint of raspberry with the black tea. Tastes a little bitter to me, but it is still drinkable. I was lucky to have received this in a tea sample swap online to try out. I made it as a latte.

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90

Great black tea, easy to drink daily. It’s a really nice cup to wake up to and savour at the office. I enjoy it both as a straight black tea or as a latte.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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85

This is my favorite everyday black tea. I had it years ago with a colleague and it was on my mind ever since so I bit the bullet and purchased some from their Canadian online store. The shipping cost as much as the tea which made it seem more precious than it is. It’s nice and hearty and fills the niche that Irish breakfast tea used to before my 2 favorite brands switched their suppliers or something. The reason i didn’t give this a higher rating is because there was an unacceptable amount of tea dust in it which made for a murky tasting. I sent back the 1st batch and was sent a replacement which was teadust free, but when i re-ordered a few months later, that batch also had an unacceptable amount of teadust, which I wound up sifting out which was labor intensive. Because of this, I don’t know if I’d order again. But I still think it is the most delicious basic cuppa black tea I’ve had.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Maple Chai by Murchie's Tea & Coffee
2398 tasting notes

//Old tasting note I forget to post.

Lots of natural maple flavour, spicy cinnamon and clove, some bold (but balanced) black tea in the base. The chili pepper is very spicy and I love it. It goes well with the maple and ginger. Muchie’s has the best maple teas I’ve ever had, and this is no exception. This is one of my favourite chais.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Maple, Maple Syrup, Pepper, Spicy, Tannin

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Ice Wine by Murchie's Tea & Coffee
912 tasting notes

I’m getting a light grape taste, small and green. It isn’t so much in the sip as it is the finish. The tea it’s self is pretty mellow with no bite and lets the fruit shine. It makes me think of the green muscat Asian gummy candy, which I now want to track down and enjoy. It’s well done, but isn’t captivating me. Maybe the name of it is a hint that it is better enjoyed cold? I’ll have to try that!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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65

Another sipdown. Thank you to Matcha Manic for the sample.

The black tea was ok, but nothing special. A tad too sharp for me (tannic, brisk). The cinnamon/cloves and lemon/orange zest are a traditional combo that works well together. I wouldn’t have this again, though, because I’ve seen it executed better elsewhere. The orange zest was ok, definitely gave a dried fruit vibe. I also got some dried fruit that reminded me more of dried cranberry and dried fig. It wasn’t a bad cup, but I prefer constant comment for an orange and clove black tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Cranberry, Dried Fruit, Fig, Spices, Tannic

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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94

This is another sipdown for me. I really like this as a latte and will likely purchase another decaf box of it next time I buy from Murchie’s.

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94

This has become my favourite every day tea. I’ve been steeping it with vanilla soy milk and it really brings out the maple. The extremely malty, thick taste is my favourite feature in a daily drinker. This has heavy notes of oats, brown sugar, maple, oatmeal flavour, and pastries. You really can’t get better than a thick, sweet, malty black with a hint of maple. I drink the decaf version, but my friend loves the normal version in the morning. With milk, I find the maple really shines.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Creamy, Malt, Maple, Oats, Smooth, Tannin, Thick

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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94

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Flavors: Malt, Maple, Oats, Sweet, Thick

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Flavors: Malt, Maple, Oats

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94

(this review is for the decaf bagged version)

I was so excited to be getting this tea for Christmas. It is a very flavourful black tea. Lots of malt, thick mouthfeel. This is very bull-bodied, but the touch of sweet maple is pretty amazing. I feel like this would be really good with milk.

Flavors: Malt, Maple, Maple Syrup, Thick

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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100

This is a very delicious and aromatic herbal tea, composed of plain, simple peppermint. It’s always been a very nostalgic tea for me that embodies winter and Christmas time! I just stocked up on it, buying 2oz at Murchie’s! It’s a simple tea, but a classic, and remains one of my favourites.

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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78

A good, subtle tea. I like tasting this one through gongfu to get a hint of its more subtle side as well as its stronger, more astringent side, both of which are very unique and a little earthy tasting with a pleasantly mild floral aftertaste. Definitely would make a good base tea, and tastes best once it’s cooled down a little and not piping hot.

Flavors: Astringent, Earth, Floral, Tannin

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Rideau Hall by Murchie's Tea & Coffee
2398 tasting notes

This is the type of tea that needs sugar and milk. It is quite bitter on its own and prone to oversteeping. That being said, there were a lot of whole leaves in my cup that are intact and unravel beautifully as they steep. If you like strong breakfast blends and don’t mind bitter blacks (or drink them with milk), you might like this. It just isn’t for me. I couldn’t taste any malt or cocoa notes. Really, there wasn’t much of anything. It reminds me of a generic orange pekoe breakfast blend.

Flavors: Bitter, Tannin

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drank Ice Wine by Murchie's Tea & Coffee
2398 tasting notes

This is a nice smooth black with a prominent muscatel and sweet wine flavour. The base went very well with the fruity base, and I got some hints of cocoa and malt in there too.

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Muscatel, Sweet, White Wine

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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100

Sweet, creamy, not too black tea, not too green tea. Just perfect…I’ve gone through two 50 bag packages of this one and a 10 bag package. A great afternoon tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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83

This is a really smooth, full-bodied black tea with a hint of brightness – maybe from the Darjeeling and Ceylon. Good with milk.

Flavors: Malt, Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50/50 Lavender and Bergamot, with hints of peppery rooibos undertones.

I mostly picked this one out as I wanted something caffeine free to sip on before bed, and I thought the lavender might be really relaxing and help me to fall asleep. It definitely did, and I was out like a rock before I knew it. I think lavender teas may be my chamomile.

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Last one of the night.

I need something soft, and floral/soothing to calm me down so I can get to sleep. I thought the lavender in this, and the fact it’s a caffeine free tea in general would be a good option, and I was right but the bergamot is actually helping quite a bit too. I always forget that the odd time I do get really into an Earl Grey/tea with bergamot it’s actually quite a relaxing flavour.

Yes, this will do the trick – sleep is imminent now.

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Hot cuppa, from last night.

I found myself craving this one last night, which is actually kind of weird because I’ve only had it once prior and though I liked it I wasn’t blown away by it. Plus, it also prominently features two ingredients that, dependent on the day, I range between impartial towards and just not a fan of: the lavender and the bergamot.

I added a dollop of lemon infused honey to this one as well; I picked up a jar of it at the farmer’s market last week and I’ve been gently experimenting with the different flavours I think it will pairly nicely with. In this case, I know from prior tea blends that lemon works well with lavender/floral aspects in general and bergamot is already citrus so in that regard it’s just like strengthening the citrus components of the blend.

Not surprisingly, this had a strong mix of lavender and bergamot flavours though neither were overpowering and together they made for one hell of a relaxing/restful profile. The lemon from the honey was present, though very light and more in the undertones than as main a flavour note as either aforementioned ones. The tea itself was also very, very creamy and thicker in mouthfeel which kind of felt like a soft nod to the fact this is a ‘gelato’ themed tea!

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From my mom’s vacation trip/haul!

I actually requested she grab this one; not because I necessarily though I’d personally love it but because it was definitely one of the more unique flavour options available and I figured that if I didn’t love it then it was something I could easily share at work with coworkers.

- Cold Brew
- Honestly thought I’d strongly hate this one
- It’s got POTENT lavender and bergamot notes, for sure
- However there’s also a citrus quality (seperate from the bergamot) that’s quite lovely
- And it’s fairly sweet overall too, which seems to brighten the trio of flavours
- And kind of makes it feel separate from/distinct from a typical Earl Grey
- Or just another super floral, perfumey blend

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHfye8cUtZ8&index=5&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

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