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Drinking Murchie’s tea, shopping at the Hudson’s Bay for “back to school” and tuning into CBC radio or TV was just part of what it meant to be Canadian growing up on Vancouver Island in the 1980’s. For the last 10 years, this is one of my favourite brews when I want a strong cup to add milk and sugar to for a single brew. It makes for a robust, malty and hearty cup of tea without being astringent. There is a smokiness but not overwhelming. Just a good tea that I usually purchase by the pound to keep on hand at all times. Very good value!
Flavors: Earth, Malt, Smoke
This is the iced tea I’ve had in my water bottle recently. I had a Blueberry Green tea from English Tea Store in the past and was not a fan of it, because the base was gunpowder green, and the smoky notes of the base just did not mesh at all with what was otherwise a pretty nice blueberry flavor. All I could think was who made that blending choice, because a sencha just seemed obvious in my mind. Well, then I saw that Murchie’s actually had a Blueberry Green tea with a sencha base, so I had to try it. At the time I made my order they were sold out, so I had to get a box of the teabags, because I really wanted a chance to sample it. I ended up putting three bags into a quart of water in a mason jar and let it cold steep overnight.
The flavor is very nice; the blueberry is sweet with a subtle fruity tanginess toward the close of the sip and in the aftertaste, and the base tea is very smooth with a gentle grassiness that is very naturally sweet from the fruity blueberry note. I’m actually impressed that this is a fruity flavored green tea that has a nice fruit flavor but isn’t so overwhelming there are still notes of the base sencha as well; it seems to have struck a nice balance with the sweet fruitiness and subtle grassiness, which is quite refreshing right at the end of the sip. It makes a wonderful iced tea! This is the Blueberry Green I’d been wanting and failed to get before with that nasty gunpowder green version (blech). So happy to have found this one!
Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity, Grass, Smooth, Sweet, Tangy
Another impulse buy from Murchie’s Tea Room when I visited Victoria, BC this summer. I’m a sucker for flower scented teas and having tried (and loved) TeaAve’s magnolia oolong, I didn’t have to think too hard about this one. Turns out this is very similar to the TeaAve oolong. The magnolia flavor is lush and fragrant, complementing the base tea nicely. It’s accompanied by notes of gardenia and a touch of perfume. The scenting on this tea is just right. It’s not cloying or fake-tasting.
I steeped this in my tumbler and had no problems with oversteeping or bitterness even after it sat awhile. When cold steeped, it’s refreshing and has even more flowery sweetness. This is the rare flavored tea that merits a rating of 100 from me because it’s just that good.
Flavors: Flowers, Gardenias, Perfume
So my tea drinking has taken a hit recently with traveling, fasting in Ramadan, and the unseasonably hot weather. I’ve also cut out my nighttime tea ritual because it hasn’t helped my insomnia. It’s a little frustrating because I can’t get through all my spring teas as quickly as I want to.
This tea was a spur of the moment purchase during my visit to Murchie’s tea room in Victoria, BC. Normally I stay away from blends, but I couldn’t resist the amazing tropical aroma of this tea. The smell alone was worth the purchase. It bursts out with sweet aromas of mango and pineapple. When the leaves are dropped into a heated vessel, interesting new aromas of apple pie, maple, and cinnamon appear. I was bracing myself for something potpourri like, but was pleasantly surprised to discover a subtle tropical flavor instead. The grassiness comes through complemented by hints of apricot and mango. The second steep was mellower but still delicious. Cold brewing it the next day brought out even more yummy mango flavor.
I’m pretty sensitive to flavorings in general and this was the rare blend that I could drink on its own without having to cut it with a straight tea. Although I wasn’t thrilled when I learned about the artificial flavoring in it, it doesn’t taste fake and the flavor of this tea is true to its name. Happy to have found a substitute for the now retired Fruta Bomba from Teavana.
Flavors: Apricot, Cinnamon, Mango, Pineapple, Tropical
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.
//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
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!
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
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
(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
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.
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
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