Review: Murchie’s Tea and Coffee Queen Victoria Blend

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Spoiler alert: I really like this tea! Queen Victoria is a beautiful blend of black and green teas, and it comes complete with a fantastic story. This here blend is over 100 years old. In the year eighteen hundred and fifty-two, John Murchie delivered Queen Victoria’s favorite teas to Balmoral Castle while she was in residence. At some point, the clever Mr. Murchie decided to make a special blend consisting of Queen Victoria’s favorite teas and Queen Victoria, (the tea blend), was born. This brilliant blend has remained one of Murchie’s most popular blends ever since it was made available for sale to the common folk.

The leaves are a gorgeous mix of rich black tea and bright green tea leaves with a strong aroma of Darjeeling and smoky Lapsang. The infusion is a deep, copper tone with a subtle jasmine but mostly smoky nose. The first sip is bright and beautifully astringent with the dominant flavor being Darjeeling. I can taste a slight, floral sweetness from the jasmine somewhere in the middle that then develops into a finish that’s all smoky goodness.

I brewed Queen Victoria at 212 degrees for 5 minutes. I excitedly gulped down my first cup with nothing added, but for a bit of fun I added almond milk and stevia to my second cup and it was delectable that way as well. I’ve long relied on my good friend Queen Catherine from Harney & Sons for a swift kick in the pants to get me going in the morning, and now I’m excited to have another feisty monarch to add to my tea collection. Queen Victoria isn’t quite as bold as Queen Catherine, but I’ll look to Queen Victoria for a stern pep talk when the midday malaise threatens to overcome me and I feel I may swoon. We, the royal we, highly recomend this tea.

— To purchase Murchie’s Tea and Coffee Queen Victoria 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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7 Responses to “Review: Murchie’s Tea and Coffee Queen Victoria Blend”

  1. Murchies Team Says:

    Thanks for the great review. It is always refreshing for someone to also capture the history of our teas as well as feedback on how it tastes. Looking forward to more 🙂

    Murchies Team

  2. jamie and shawn Says:

    this is a great review! I want to try the tea, and I really enjoy your writing style. Ebullient!!

  3. JennH Says:

    Wow, thanks guys! I’m so honored that the Murchies Team likes me! They really like me!! Also, I’m pretty sure that someone is paying Jamie and Shawn to be so kind to me, but I’ll take it.

    These comments made my day!

  4. jamie and shawn Says:

    no that’s a real comment, jenn! It’s just jamie that also reviews here writing. 🙂

  5. JennH Says:

    Waahooo, I have a Teaviews friend! I’m actually a huge fan of your writing style, (I’m not kissing up here). Your style is elegant without being stuffy and dare I say… poetic. Thank you so much for making my day infinitely better 🙂

  6. CJ Says:

    Hi Jenn,
    I must join the chorus of praise for this review. It is so well written. I draws you in.

    I reviewed this tea (it’s not published yet, though) and came to a completely different conclusion. Oh well! That’s why there’s so many of us reviewing, right?
    The public needs a variety of palates to help them choose!

    See you around!

  7. JennH Says:

    Awww shucks, CJ! Thank you so very much for the compliment. I’ve caught myself feeling a bit odd for no not liking teas that other reviewers have adored, but in the end we’re honest and that’s what matters. Diversity makes life interesting, right?

    \o/ I have two Teaviews friends!!!!

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