A Murchie's trademark blend of green and black tea was chosen to honour the official opening of Vancouver's Library Square in May of 1995. This special blend has been a customer favorite for years!

Anything but boring, and as great as the classics in literature!

Ingredients: Black tea (Ceylon, Keemun), Green tea (Jasmine, Gunpowder)

Caffeine Caffeinated
Cup Strength Medium-Strong
Origin Blend
Tea Format Tea Bags
Type Green/Black Blend

The best Murchies tea yet  Review by  ['TM']

After trying this tea at a fiend’s house, I’m in love. First sip impression was the perfectly balanced full body tea and a light, almost floral finish. Even more impressive was retaining of the smooth taste in cold state - no astringent or bitterness. I had a second cup without milk and it also tasted great and smooth. What magic is that? Con - my friend did not tell me the tea store she bought it from. Google to the rescue and I’m glad I found it.

Posted on 2022-06-24

Better than a great book  Review by  Walker44

I think I originally bought these back in the late 90's when I travelled to BC often for work and fell in love with its unique blend of flavours. Was so happy to find that I could order it online in relatively large batches to have on hand. I agree with an earlier reviewer that found it replaced Earl Grey for them. Something about Earl Grey makes you crave it, and similarly on the occasion when I've let my supply of Library Blend lapse I anticipate a new order's arrival in the same way that I continue to look forward to a cup each and every morning. The taste is exclusive to Murchie's and as memorable and habit-forming as previously only a perfectly blended cup of Earl Grey could be. I highly disagree with the earlier review that referred to it as 'harsh and tannic'. Perhaps you let it steep too long or mixed it up with another bag? To my palate it is far lighter and more refreshing than Editor's Choice or CBC. The taste is full-bodied, but it's also of medium strength so it doesn't 'rev' me up. After sampling many blends over the years its the one I rely upon, with that distinctive hit of jasmine that just cries out to be savoured in a china cup. It brings to mind a comfy chair on a rainy day with a really good British mystery. A bit melodramatic perhaps, but if you try it you too will be hooked for life.

Posted on 2020-06-09

A Delightful Blend  Review by  Mumzies

My children gave me a 10 bag box of this blend when I was working on my PhD dissertation. It was a perfect afternoon sipping tea for when I was researching and writing. It continues to be my favourite and I have bought several more much bigger boxes in the meantime. I love the way the green smooths and sweeten the black tea and the black adds body to the green tea. Perfect.

Posted on 2019-12-08

My new favourite  Review by  Wendy

I have loved Earl Grey tea for decades, but happened to try a sample of Library Tea and I was hooked. I love the blend of green and black together, hot or cold, it is so flavourful either way. Goodbye Earl Grey!

Posted on 2017-12-18

Library Blend  Review by  Debbie

This is by far my favourite English tea. I have had it often at Wedding & Baby showers. Must drink out of a china cup, tastes much better!

Posted on 2016-05-24

not a personal favorite  Review by  tally

While Murchie's does a great job with all their green/black blends, this one is not to my taste. It is a bit too harsh and tannic for me, especially compared to my preferred teabag blends, (e.g., Editor's Choice, CBC Radio). However, if you like that bit of "bite" to your teas, this could be the blend for you.

Posted on 2016-02-20

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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 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 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!

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