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90

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

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

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83

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

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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100

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

Lexie Aleah

Did you go to the Buchart Garden’s at all? They are beautiful.

LuckyMe

Lexie Aleah, really wanted to go there but we were only able to spend a day in Victoria. I did visit Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver though which is supposed to be a mini Butchart. Hope to go there next time, Victoria is a beautiful city!

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84

A pleasantly brisk cup, mellowed by a splash of milk. I nice light cup for midmorning at work – I hope to savor it more sometime at home, perhaps without milk to try to pick out individual notes.

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95

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

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Daylon R Thomas

Where to? Either way, belated Eid Mubarak.

LuckyMe

Thanks! Traveled to DC for work a while ago and most recently, roamed around Alberta and Victoria, BC in Canada. Was pleasantly surprised to find a lot of good quality tea in the Great White North.

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45

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
530 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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97
drank Maple Chai by Murchie's Tea & Coffee
2491 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
928 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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94

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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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61
drank Rideau Hall by Murchie's Tea & Coffee
2491 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
2491 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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