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.
|Brew Temperature:||205 to 212°F, or 96 to 100°C|
|Brew Time:||3 to 5 Minutes|
|Brew Quantity:||1 tea bag to 6-8oz or 180-240ml of water|
Customer Reviews (3)
- another winnerReview by Choppy
- This is another really good tea and lives up to it's name, just right for tea time! (Posted on 2016-07-26)
- One of the Best Black Teas!!Review by Alyssa
- Similar to the other reviews, I also fell in love with this tea when it was the signature tea at the Empress Hotel and am so happy Murchie's has continued to sell it. This tea is hands down one one of the smoothest black teas on the market and has a great flavor. So happy Murchies's sells this tea online as well! (Posted on 2015-11-25)
- One of my all-time favouritesReview by Northern Tea Goddess
- I have loved this tea since it was the special blend used by the Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC (it was called the Empress Afternoon Blend until the hotel sold to Fairmont and they have their own teas). I was so pleased that Murchie's kept it on to sell to the public. The Afternoon Blend is smooth and fragrant and rich without being too rich. I usually drink it with a little honey (raw) and a splash or two of milk. Four o'clock is something to look forward to with this tea in the cupboard. (Posted on 2015-11-23)
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Flavour Profile Guide
Tea and coffee tasting is a very individual, multi-dimensional experience: one person’s perfect cup can be too strong or weak, too brisk or watery for the next person. At Murchie’s, we believe that the best tea or coffee is the one that YOU like the best! We use the following flavour profile guides to help compare our teas and coffees within a relative scale.
Tea Strength RatingsThis rating method indicates the strength of flavour each tea has when brewed according to our brewing guide.
|Light/Delicate: Very light in colour and delicate in flavour|
|Medium: Medium-light cup with slightly fuller cup|
|Medium-Strong: Medium-dark cup, medium body, and full flavour without harshness|
|Strong: Full body, rich cup, takes milk well|
|Very Strong: Rich, dark cup with very full, strong flavour and briskness|
Coffee RatingsWe rate the flavour properties of our coffees along two dimensions: roast and body.
Roast is simply a result of how long and how hot the beans have been roasted, which can be seen in the colour of the finished bean, and typically results in general flavour traits:
|Light Roast||More acidity, brightness and a slight pucker|
|Medium Roast||Slightly richer flavours, some acidity, enhanced creaminess|
|Dark Roast||Distinctive roasted flavour, sometimes notes of toasted sugar or charcoal|
Body is the term used to describe how the brewed coffee feels in your mouth:
|Light Body||Easy to drink with little lingering flavour, ‘thin’ or ‘clean’ feeling on the palate|
|Medium Body||Heavier, creamier mouth-feel with more lingering flavour|
|Full Body||Rich, full-mouth feeling: hits all of the palate and lingers|
Tea Brewing Guide
Different types of teas should be brewed according to certain times and water temperatures to bring out their best flavours. Use this guide as a starting point, and then experiment until you find the perfect brewing method for your favourite tea.
Based on approximately one level teaspoon (2.5g) of loose tea or one tea bag per 6-8 ounce (180-240ml) cup. For stronger flavour, add more tea. Brewing for longer may increase the strength of the tea, but will likely also cause bitterness.
Brew times shown in minutes.
Coffee Brewing Guide
The simplest methods for brewing coffee are drip coffee, pour over and French press. These guidelines are a starting point; modify the ratio of coffee to water, the grind, and brewing time to your taste. If your coffee is not strong enough, increase the proportion of coffee per cup of water, grind the beans finer, or allow them to brew longer – or any combination of these factors. If your coffee is too strong, simply do the opposite.
Drip coffee or pour over method: hot water is gradually poured over coffee grounds and slowly drips through
• Fine to medium grind coffee
• 1.5 to 2.5 tablespoons of coffee per cup of water
• 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of coffee per cup (e.g. 4-6 tbsp for a 4-cup French press)
• Pour about 1/3 of the water over the coffee grinds; wait about 30 seconds and then pour in the rest
• Wait 4-5 minutes, then push down the plunger to separate the grounds from finished coffee, and enjoy!