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69

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

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69

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.

Arby

In my opinion, most of Murchie’s teas are fairly average and generic tasting. I do enjoy their purple varietal “Purple Majesty” (processed as a medium bodied green) and their yellow. Most of their blacks are a bit too strong for my liking and more aimed at British tastes (thick English breakfast type flavours/body) and a lot of their greens are astringent. There are a few flavoured teas that really shine as being spectacular, though.

CrowKettle

That’s spot on, Arby! Coconut Pie was one of my first looseleaf teas though so I have a soft spot for them, even if I also find they’re mostly forgettable too :)

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73

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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68

It is fairly bottom heavy (mostly one note). Very robust and earthy. Takes milk well. I like to blend this 2:1 with my Tealuxe Golden Tippy Assam to round out the cup. Add milk and you have a not-bad morning cup.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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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.

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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.

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75

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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86

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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89

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.

Flavors: Orange

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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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

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Even though this isn’t as smoky as I’d prefer, I like this tea.

It’s a strong black tea with smoky/toasted notes, and a nice caramel flavour.

Good with maple whipped cream.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Evol Ving Ness

I like the concept a lot. It sounds very delicious.

OMGsrsly

It’s pretty good! And it’s Murchie’s, so it’s cheap. :)

Evol Ving Ness

Double bonus. I will keep my eyes open for this one.

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80

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

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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85

Picked some of this up, as my Coco Chai Rooibos from Davids was low, and I wanted to try this to compare. Both are pretty good, though I might wager this one is a bit spicier. I like them both. I do usually have this with milk, and sometimes honey, but usually no sugar.

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87

Really nice tea. Lightly sweet on its own without being overly artificial, though I do still like to have milk in this one (but I can happily say I can have this without adding sugar). If they get more of this, I will get more while I can. I like it, and it is a good winter tea for me.

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70

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

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML
Amie

I love Murchie’s and Smoky teas – looks like I’ll have to try this one! Thanks for the review info.

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74

Spicy and warm smelling with sweet high notes.
Smells just like Apple pie .
Perfect fall flavor. Lightly sweet followed by the warming effect from the cinnamon. Nice and ideal for those who don’t want too much cinnamon and still a great strength for me. I usually like my cinnamon brazen. Good and decent tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon

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90

Well it’s getting to be that time of year. Children are back in school, the mornings are a bit darker and cooler. For some, this is cause for mourning. The end of summer. For me, it’s always a welcome time. I quite like autumn. The cooler weather, the changing of the leaves, the time of harvest. I’ve had this tea for a year now, bought it last September from Murchie’s. It’s been a nice autumn touchpoint when I needed it throughout the year. There’s a lovely spiced aroma to it with a prominent pumpkin flourish. Yet, I don’t find this tea as artificial tasting as so many of the pumpkin spice offerings out there. It’s not too sweet and actually does make quite a lovely breakfast tea. Autumn is just around the corner, and I’m welcoming it in, sip by sip by this morning.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Peppercorn, Pumpkin, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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A good strong black tea blend. It has become my daily morning breakfast tea.

Preparation
2 tsp 23 OZ / 680 ML

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33

This was an OK tea, although I couldn’t distinguish any jasmine scent or taste what so ever. I enjoyed the small box that I received as a gift, but I wouldn’t purchase again just because it was nothing spectacular.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C

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95

If you like smokey teas, chai, petricor, and baked bread, you will like this tea.

-cedar
-campfire/smoke
-sweet and spicy chai spices
-lots of delicious tea flavour still comes through.

Flavors: Cedar, Smoke, Spices, Spicy, Sweet, Tannin

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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