Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Murchie’s – Murchie’s Afternoon blend. It’s not a festive blend by any means but I I’ve really been enjoying it and I wanted to review it and introduce you all to it before the end of this year. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now you’ll know that I’ve loved every single blend I’ve tried from Murchie’s so far so I always look forward to trying new ones. I’m so thankful that Murchie’s sent me a mixture of both flavoured black tea blends and Straight Black tea blends, with the amount of blends I try for my blog straight black teas/ black tea blends often take a backseat but Murchie’s really have helped me find my way back to them and I’ve been enjoying them a lot more over the past few weeks than I ever have done before. Here’s what Murchie’s have to say about this blend on their website: Murchie’s Afternoon Blend Tea – this special blend of smooth and fragrant Keemun, Darjeeling and Ceylon teas has been a customer favourite for over four decades. The perfect afternoon tea, light and smooth with little to no astringency. This brew can be enjoyed with a splash of milk, or simply on its own. A favourite of many traditional black tea drinkers. A signature blend for Murchie’s, this tea has been served in distinguished homes and hotels all over British Columbia, and is revered worldwide.
Ingredients: Keemun, Darjeeling and Ceylon
Tea Tasting Notes
I would say that this blend would be perfect for people that love tea and are only just transitioning to loose leaf and don’t want to stray to far from what they are used to. No matter how long you have been drinking loose leaf black tea though you will love this blend because it has a classic feel to it that everyone will remember from when they first started drinking tea. It has a strong “black” roasted flavour, but I don’t find it unpleasantly harsh or bitter. I feel that roasted can be overdone and don’t like when it falls into the category of burnt-tasting, but this tea has it just right. It is a tad bit sweet and is still very nice even after it cools down (it would make for a great iced black tea with some lemon during the summer months). I think it would be easy to add too much sweetener as honey seems to get rid of what little astringency it has. I definitely wouldn’t add milk to this just because of the Darjeeling used in it I just can’t bring myself to add milk to a Darjeeling blend but I can see how it might be a good addition for those who do take milk in their tea.Over the last few weeks I’ve been drinking so much of this tea that I’ve gone through just over half of this bag! I seriously can not get enough of it both hot and iced (with lemon). It’s deffinelty not strong enough for me to be my morning black tea but it lives up to it’s name and is the greatest accompaniment to an afternoon tea it pairs perfectly with scones. I always look forward to drinking this and I think that just proves just how much of a great blend it is, it’s a classic and if you’re a long time lover of tea I’m sure that you will enjoy it just as much as I do. If you’re going to drink this hot I would recommend you add at least a teaspoon of honey as it just helps to balance it out, however if you are going to have it iced I would recommend adding nothing but some ice and a slice or two of lemon that is simply all that it needs.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.9/5
As always if you want to find out more about Murchie’s and purchase some of this blend yourself, you can do both here. If you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley