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From my mom’s vacation/BC trip haul!
- Smells very sweet/grapey as dry leaf and while brewing
- Taste wise it’s great! Strong, sweet grape notes and lots of supporting apple flavour
- Black base is soft but present; somewhat malty
- Reminds me A LOT of grapples!
- Floral undertones
- Very aromatic
- Actually better than a lot of other icewine teas I’ve had in the past
Definitely pretty stoked to have this one in my cupboard for a while!
From the BC/Vacation Haul.
First cup of the day! I’ve been working on tasting notes, but I’m caught up now so I feel less guilty steeping something up now.
This isn’t really anything new to me or particularly unique; I just wanted a Ginseng Oolong on hand for a while since it’s been some time and I generally like the flavour profile. Plus, not gonna lie something about those moss green stone/pebble looking tea leaves just makes me whimsically/childishly happy. I like that this doesn’t overwhelm me with the sweetness of ginseng though; just teases me with it. Also, it’s pretty grassy which is totally enjoyable too.
Basically, it’s what I want from it. So no complaints.
My grannie was so excited to make tea for me today because she bought LOOSE LEAF! She knew I would be so proud of her. Adorable <3
Anyway, this is an interesting blend of multiple blacks, greens, and an oolong. It is quite thick and malty, but has a brisk bold “breakfast blend” vibe. I really can only taste black in the base-nothing resembling a green or oolong. With the maple flavouring, this has the nutty sweetness of maple syrup. There is a tenancy towards the bitterness that is super common in black tea (ones meant to be brewed Western style). My grandmother is English and enjoys this quality in tea, but I like smoother teas. I expect a shorter brew time might help it a bit. It isn’t bad, but it could be better.
Second steep is less sweet/maple, more malt and flavours of porcelain and milk. Lots of tannin (and typical black tea flavour).
Flavors: Creamy, Malt, Maple, Maple Syrup, Nutty, Sweet, Tannic, Tannin
Pot of tea early in the morning with brunch!
This still isn’t my favourite straight black, but I did enjoy the pot I made of it for the most part. It was really rich and full bodied with some nice nutty notes to it and underyling sweetness. The combination of those two made me think of walnuts quite a bit, actually. However, it was also very tannic/astringent which was sort of… meh.
Flavors: Nutty, Walnut
Maybe my last tea of the day – not sure.
This one came in the Tea Sparrow box from VariaTea. Cracking open the package I see that while this isn’t technically a CTC grade tea it is pretty close to one; that’s fine, it just means I need to readjust my expectations a little bit.
Taste wise it’s actually pretty good. Fairly full bodied and robust with a lot of malt notes from top to body to undertones. In that way it’s pretty close to feeling a little ‘one note’ but it’s not actually quite one note because I do think there’s a molasses-y sweetness to the undertones and I thought the finish had just a whisp of this sort of stonefruit-y/dried fruit thing going on. As just a sort of generic-y ‘Orange Pekoe’ I can dig it.
I think overall maybe a forgettable black tea, but it’s not unpleasant or anything.
This is the final tea I brought home from the Murchie’s holiday pack my folks picked up during Christmas break. It has a pleasant aroma and reminds me of the hot mulled drinks brewed up slowly on a stove top at dinner parties. Apple isn’t a big favourite of mine – I’ve always opted for hot chocolate over hot apple cider. Still, it’s an enjoyable blend that definitely is reminiscent of the holidays.
Flavors: Almond, Apple, Black Currant, Cinnamon, Spices
This is my penultimate tea to review from the Murchies holiday pack I brought home with me from the holidays. This has a lovely minty aroma and flavour. The spearmint and peppermint blend nicely with the rooibos flavour for a caffeine free afternoon or evening tea. There’s a hint of vanilla. Candy cane is an apt description for this creamy minty blend.
Flavors: Mint, Peppermint, Rooibos, Spearmint, Vanilla
One of the teas I recieved as a gift from my mother from her trip to Victoria BC. A blend of Kenilworth, Darjeeling, Assam and Yunnan. I’ll finish up the box but do not find anything special about this tea. It’s your basic black tea. Not interesting enough to reorder. Steeped for 5 mins at 210F. One bag . The traditional Irish tea brack I’m having with it is fantastic though!! I get it from an Irish baker at the farmer’s market – It takes four days to make and the raisins are soaked in tea – and the loaf is all kinds of spicy goodness with cinnamon and cloves etc.
Been gone a bit – busy! On the Richmond Symphony feedback board now – going to lots of events! Had a nice cuppa of this tea tonight. My mother had visited the Victoria store and had brought me a 4 pack of boxes ( also including Sugar Maple, Canadian Breakfast and Rideau Hall) as a gift when she visited me here in Virginia few months ago. Growing up in Alberta I drank alot of tea but had not heard of Murchie’s – there were no stores in the province at that time. How funny to discover a Canadian tea company now that I live in the US! This is a nice black tea which is a Ceylon & Darjeeling mix with jasmine and bergamot. The jasmine is quite substantial and is what makes this tea stand out. The bergamot is nice too. They are bagged teas so they’re not obviously on the highest tier of fanciness, but I certainly enjoy this blend with a bit of coconut or cashew milk. One bag, 5 mins steep, 210 F. Will reorder.
This is a pleasant black tea blend of Ceylon and Assam. It makes a really nice breakfast tea as there’s a good amount of caffeine and a stronger flavour. I had it without cream and sugar, but I can see this being nicely complemented by either. I wouldn’t rush out for it again – I tend to prefer additional flavours but for purists, I can see this being a real hit! It had a hint of malt and plums that came out for me.
Flavors: Malt, Perfume, Plums
This was another holiday tea from Murchie’s that was quite nice. The aroma and flavour reminds me a bit of DAVIDs Cinnamon French Toast. I can see why another reviewer was reminded of pancake syrup! It has a nice roasted and nutty flavour and some sweetness to it, but not overly so. It evokes the lazy mornings of Christmas holidays for me, something I could use right now! Thankfully it’s Friday and I have a weekend waiting to start for me just around the corner.
Flavors: Chestnut, Nutty, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Sweet
I’m reviewing this a bit past Christmas, but it was feeling like the right day for a holiday spice pick me up. I enjoyed this tea during the holidays with my family and brought back enough for a review. It’s a lovely tea, that has more of a subtle holiday profile than the DAVIDs holiday teas I’m used to. There’s the unmistakable flavour of oranges, cinnamon and cloves but in a balanced way that allows the Ceylon and Keemun black tea flavours a nice share of the spotlight. Quite enjoyable overall and a favourite I’ll look for during the holidays again.
A decent maple tea. The aroma has a nice amount of maple, and the taste has less but still a nice amount. No bitterness coming from the black tea. A nice malty background. Because I am Canadian and have tasted SO MANY maple teas, I am probably more critical than most of this type of tea, and I am always looking for more maple and so far I have not found that holy grail of maple teas yet. This one is nice enough that I would re-order and drink as a casual tea, but it is not “the one”. I find their Sugar Maple tea to have more more maple in it, and indeed it is the box I empty first. The Canadian Breakfast is nice if you are looking for a black breakfast tea as implied, and the Sugar Maple is sweeter so I consider it a dessert tea. Both could work for different purposes. If you are on the fence about ordering them, I would still recommend it – they are very pleasant for what they are.
Flavors: Malt, Maple
Large curled dark leaves which unfurl through multiple steepings.
Steep 1: 90 *C, 250 mL, 1.5 minutes
Light oxidation flavour, light flavour. Slightly fruity, mild tannins. Not at all vegetal or grassy.
Steep 2: 85 *C, 250 mL, 1.5 minutes
Much stronger flavour, more similar to a black tea than a green (like the description says). Very slightly fruity (plum), but not sweet. Light mineral taste that comes from a non-malty “tea” flavour. No vegetal notes at all. Lots of tannins, but not bitter or overly tannic. Very robust flavour.
Flavors: Mineral, Plums, Tannin, Tea
A really complex tea that really speaks to its name. It has lots of really good smoky and bold flavour, with a bit of a campfire sort of smell and taste. It can get quite strong, so I don’t use very much at a time. it’s got a vague roasted nutty undertone, which was really interesting. Not a very accessible tea, unless you like really smokey teas