Review: Friday Afternoon Murray Creek Blend

Chamomile Tea, Friday Afternoon, Herbal Tea, Peppermint tea, Rooibos Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"I can generally say I liked it, but it's not something I would turn to on a regular nighttime basis."
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When I looked at the title of this tea, I was actually freaked out. My first reaction was, "I know that place!" There are several "Murray"-s in-and-around my city. The name Murray Creek sounded familiar, either as the name of a cul-de-sac, an apartment complex or an actual creek. A perusal of Google Maps turned up nothing, however. I concluded it was simply me trying to make a tenuous personal connection with a tea blend. Kinda weird.

Friday Afternoon's Murray Creek Blend is a fusion of rooibos, peppermint, and chamomile. They mention that it's cozy, soothing, and meant for all occasions. The only occasion this'd be good for - given two of its ingredients - is sleepy time. Peppermint and chamomile are notorious relaxants. At least, to my delicate system they are.

I had an inkling to try this out in the middle of the morning, then I saw the chamo-blossoms - of which there are many. While rooibos is the primary ingredient - as it should, since it's the base - peppermint and chamomile weren't slouching. Both in visual presence and aroma, they made themselves known. This blend smelled like knock-out medicine.

Brewing instructions were nowhere to be found on the site, either on the profile or a general tab. Typical approach for hearty herbals and botanical blends - for me - was 1 tsp in 8oz of boiled water, steeped for six minutes. I did just that but doubled the herb/water amount. Eh, it was close to bedtime.

Rooibos usually colors amber-to-red. Peppermint and chamomile tend to turn a color I like to call "medicine yellow". Murray Creek colored somewhere in between those two - gold at the bottom, and it reddened closer to the mouthpiece. The aroma was all peppermint; wish I had more to add. The taste was chamomile on the forefront with its floral lean, cool peppermint in the middle, and rooibos finally made it's nut-sweet presence known in the finish.

I can generally say I liked it, but it's not something I would turn to on a regular nighttime basis. Chamomile by itself is fine. Rooibos by itself is fine. Peppermint...does not play well with others. In my opinion, it's an un-blendable herb - either dominating or clashing with other ingredients. As for the other two, chamomile and green rooibos and/or honeybush work far better. (I know, I've blended 'em.) I admired what they tried to do here, and - for the most part - approved.

— To purchase Friday Afternoon Murray Creek Blend, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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