Lightly scented with the timeless aroma of violets, this beautiful black tea blend harkens back to the early 19th century, a time when violet was a popular flavour for sweets. Keemun and Ceylon black teas form a rich, smooth base and enhances the delicate and sweet violet aroma. The addition of green and purple Malva blossoms yields a visually pleasing blend that is perfect for spring! This tea is best enjoyed hot, either black or with the addition of milk and sweetener.
Interesting and subtle Review by ['TN']
Great floral scent with subtle violet overtones in the taste. I really enjoy this tea and wish Murchie's would consider putting it in bags like their Lavender tea.Posted on 2021-04-09
Nice light floral Review by ['Briar']
Let me preface this by saying I’m a big fan of floral flavours. I will devour anything rose flavoured, I love a splash of orange flower water, I’m All About cornflowers in my tea. I ordered this online, wanting to try something new, and as soon as I opened the box, huffed my new purchase. And was instantly transported, as if borne aloft on a cloud of flavour and memory, to a cheap public washroom. I did not realize public washrooms smell like violets. Now I know. I was extremely concerned when I brewed it up for the first time, but was pleasantly surprised by the taste. I agree it’s reminiscent of violet candies, a gentle floral and light black base. Not as aggressive as the smell would make you think. It hasn’t supplanted any of my favourites, but it’s a good offering to add variety to your collection. tl;dr don’t be put off by the smell, it’s good.Posted on 2020-11-16
Lovely! Review by Kimwal
If you like the taste of violet candies, this tea is for you! It has a delightful, floral flavour & scent.Posted on 2020-05-02
Definitely violet, definitely interesting Review by LV
This is a really interesting tea for the taste buds. Kind of like drinking a violet garden (in a good way)--you get the earthy notes and clear violet notes, and then there's something else to it--sort of caramely perhaps? It definitely reminds me of violet pastille candies, so if you don't appreciate the intrigue of those, this is probably not for you. Personally, it is not my more typical everyday choice (like an earl grey or vanilla black), but I'll pull it out for something a little different for breakfast.Posted on 2020-04-26
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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: 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|
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|
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
- 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!