Review: Murchie’s Tea and Coffee Diamond Jubilee

1 Tea Brands, Assam Tea, Black Tea, Ceylon Tea, Darjeeling Tea, Murchies Tea and Coffee, Yunnan Tea Add comments
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The Canadian-based Murchie's, despite being a coffee AND tea merchant, doesn't give tea second billing.  They consistently provide high-quality, cleverly named blends with tastes that reflect an attention to detail.

When I first tasted this  Diamond Jubilee, (created honor of Elizabeth II's 60th year on the throne,) I thought, "this is a royal parade in a cup!"   The flavor was brilliant,  like diamonds, and possessed an enduring strength, like Her Majesty.

Diamond Jubilee is a mixture of Ceylon, Darjeeling, Assam and Yunnan leaves.  Each of these teas are fantastic by themselves, if you love black tea.  Combining them was a stroke of genius.  To imagine the taste, think of Beef Wellington:  Yunnan is the pastry.  It provides body and doughy-ness.  Assam is the filet mignon, dark, malty and a bit spicy.  Ceylon is the mushroom paste, lending an earthiness.   Darjeeling is the marinade and seasoning, adding astringency.  All together,  these flavors not only produce a well-balanced, satisfying cup, but a bit of a party for your tongue.  They sort of dance around on it.

Since Diamond Jubilee is a mixture of black teas, it brews easily like a black tea.  Steep a teaspoon or so (to taste) per 8 ounces of boiling water per cup.  In three to five minutes, you'll have a  dazzling-ly delicious little tea party for yourself, and the Queen, if you like.   I rate this tea a 9.

— To purchase Murchie’s Tea and Coffee Diamond Jubilee, 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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