Review: Murchie’s Tea and Coffee Diamond Jubilee

Assam Tea, Black Tea, Ceylon Tea, Darjeeling Tea, Murchies Tea and Coffee, Yunnan Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"A well-done blend that brings the versatile flavors of many black teas into one robust and refreshing cup."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 8.2/10
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Diamond Jubilee is a special blend commemorating the 60th of Queen Elizabeth II's reign. It is a mix of Assam, Ceylon, Darjeeling, and Yunnan, also known as the key players in the world of black tea. Most black tea blends that I have sampled before are a blend of 2 types of black tea, so I was really interested to sample this multi-variety blend. I was surprised at the diversity of leaf quality in my sample. Some pieces were very large whole leaves, others were tiny dusty particles. I considered using a conservative brew time given the smaller particles in the mix, but since the majority of the blend seemed to be larger sized leaves, I used a three minute steep time in boiling water. My first reaction to this tea was somewhat of a recoil as I realized how much bite it had. I won't say it was bitter, but it certainly had a little zip to it. I really thought that I should add some sugar to the tea to cut what was a bit of a harsh first impression, but after a few more sips, my taste buds acclimated to the blend and I began to really enjoy this tea. This tea has malty, fruity, and muscately notes delivered in a robust tea that serves one well as a breakfast tea. I ended up having all of my sample straight up with nothing added, but given it's rather heavy body, I think it would do fine with the addition of milk and/or sugar. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this tea was also delicious as an iced tea, where it stood out as a brisk and bold brew. Bottom line: this is a well-done blend that brings the versatile flavors of many black teas into one robust and refreshing cup.

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