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 tsp to 6-8oz or 2.5g to 180-240ml of water|
Customer Reviews (12)
- For Boston Tea Parties...and every dayReview by Jenn
- I had my first cup of what was then "Empress Afternoon" on a weekend trip to the Empress Hotel in Victoria from Seattle nearly 30 years ago. It's been my "house blend" ever since. I've served it and gifted it here in the Lower 48, and folks always enjoy it. No dumping *this* tea in the harbor! (Posted on 2017-02-28)
- 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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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!