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Murchie's Afternoon Blend Loose Tea

Murchie's Afternoon Blend Tea - this special blend of smooth and fragrant Keemun, Darjeeling and Ceylon teas has been a customer favourite for over three decades. 

Available in decaf.

Medium-Strong Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee

Also available in tea bags.

Click HERE for Murchie's Afternoon Blend Tea in tea bags

Availability: In stock

Product Name Price Qty
Murchie's Afternoon - Loose 2oz/56g
Murchie's Afternoon - Loose 4oz/113g
Murchie's Afternoon - Loose Tin 6oz/170g
Murchie's Afternoon - Loose 8oz/227g
Murchie's Afternoon - Loose 16oz/454g

Product Description


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.


Strength:     Medium-Strong Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee (Medium-Strong)
Brew Temperature:   205 to 212°F, or 96 to 100°C
Brew Time:   3 to 5 Minutes
Brew Quantity:   1 tsp to 6-8oz or 2.5g to 180-240ml of water


For more information on brewing and tea strength ratings, please see our BREWING GUIDE or TEA STRENGTH pages

Additional Information

Additional Information

Ingredients Black tea
Type Black
Caffeine Caffeinated
Cup Strength Medium-Strong
Origin Blend


Customer Reviews (11)

Murchie's Afternoon Blend is GREAT!Review by Steve F
My first stay at the Empress in 1970 was a real eye opener as far as tea goes... I believe the blend was called "Empress Blend" at the time, it was the first time I tasted REAL tea (steeped correctly) and of course the blend itself. When I travel I always try to bring along my "supply" of Murchie's Afternoon Blend Tea! (Posted on 2015-06-04)
A great cuppaReview by Emma
My mom and I have been hooked on Murchie's Afternoon ever since she tried it at the Empress Hotel many moons ago. We order it from Montreal and it is worth every penny. It is smooth and flavourful and never bitter. Just delicious. Perfect black or with milk. (Posted on 2015-03-23)
Can't live without it!Review by Jillian
My husband & I have enjoyed this tea even before its name change. Murchie's Afternoon was called Empress Afternoon after the hotel in Victoria. That is were we first discovered it. Now many years later still the only tea my husband wants. We enjoy it for breakfast, afternoons and in the evenings. We drink it black. Have given it for gifts many times. (Posted on 2015-01-21)
Afternoon Delight!Review by Pamela
While visiting Victoria last week, I happened upon Murchie's and was delighted by a cup of Murchie's blend every afternoon. Every sip was smooth and satisfying. I was anxious to savor a new cup each day! I am so glad that it is available on-line to keep the wonderful experience on-going. Now if I could only order some of their marvelous desserts to go with it! (Posted on 2014-08-21)
I may stray...but I always come back.Review by Cheryl
I first tried Murchie's Afternoon on my honeymoon over 10 years ago. Wow! I have been ordering it online and drinking it regularly. I often try other blends, but I always come back to Murchie's Afternoon. This blend is truly the quintessential Tea for which I judge all other Tea's against. (Posted on 2014-08-04)
my favorite tea any time of dayReview by John
With an English mother, I grew up drinking tea in the coffee belt of the US Midwest. Stumbled across a Murchie's on a trip to Victoria BC, and tried this delightful tea on the recommendation of the counter staff. Regularly experiment, but always return to this wonderful blend, which reaches perfection with honey and cream. (Posted on 2013-08-20)
The best giftReview by Mary
This tea was a gift from my son and daughter-in-law when I visited BC in the Spring. I'm hooked. I don't live anywhere near a Murchie's so I am ordering this tea on line. It is so smooth and delicious, I just can't drink anything else. (Posted on 2013-07-12)
The only TeaReview by Judy
I love Murchies Afternoon Blend. Have been drinking it for years...It never disappoints me. It is my quiet spot of the day. Thanks. (Posted on 2012-09-18)
My favorite tea for over a quarter of a centuryReview by Glenna
I have been drinking Murchie's Afternoon Blend since October, 1986, when I visited Victoria. I have taken tea in many places, but the Afternoon blend is still my favorite, for any time of day. (Posted on 2012-06-25)
BEST TeaReview by Diane
I've been drinking tea since I was 5 years old (I'm past the half century mark now). Occasionally I will buy many different types of tea and have a blind taste comparison. This one is always the winner. So smooth and delicious. Perfect with a bit of honey or brewed with some fresh mint. (Posted on 2012-05-25)
Great Tea - Murchie's Afternoon BlendReview by Mary
Ever since we went to the Empress Hotel for "Tea" where we got our first taste, we have been ordering the Afternoon Blend from Murchie's - that would be over twenty years ago. We find it the smoothest, great tasting tea, especially for breakfast. That pretty much says it all ;). (Posted on 2012-04-20)

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Strength Ratings

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 Ratings

This rating method indicates the strength of flavour each tea has when brewed according to our brewing guide.

Light/Delicate Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Light/Delicate: Very light in colour and delicate in flavour
Medium Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Medium: Medium-light cup with slightly fuller cup
Medium-Strong Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Medium-Strong: Medium-dark cup, medium body, and full flavour without harshness
Strong Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Strong: Full body, rich cup, takes milk well
Very Strong Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Very Strong: Rich, dark cup with very full, strong flavour and briskness


Coffee Ratings

We 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

Brewing Guides

Brewing Guide | Murchie's Tea & Coffee

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

French press: coffee grounds are ‘steeped’ in hot water, and then a filter presses down the grounds, allowing the finished coffee to be poured off
      • Coarse grind coffee
      • 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!