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Waking up to the sight of frost outside your bedroom window means the winter season is almost here! Stay toasty by the fireplace with a mug of hot tea in one hand and a good book in the other. First Frost is a blend of robust black teas, aromatic vanilla, and refreshing peppermint. Sugar pearls blended into the tea is reminiscent of dew drops hanging from leaves. Add milk and sweetener for a delicious latte!

Ingredients: Black tea, peppermint, sugar pearls, natural and artificial flavouring.

Allergen warning: Contains soy.

Caffeine Caffeinated
Origin Blend
Type Black
Cup Strength Strong

Easily my new favourite!  Review by  Cassidy

This is absolutely delicious! I'm a massive black and peppermint tea fan and this is the perfect blend of both. I drink it with a bit of oat milk every morning and it's the perfect way to start my day! Highly recommend!

Posted on 2020-12-18

My new favorite  Review by  ['gillian']

I bought a small amount to try last time i was in Victoria and now I wish I had bought more. This is my new favorite holiday time tea! I will be ordering it online.

Posted on 2020-11-15

Delicious!  Review by  ['KateC']

A delightful, sweet, balanced, and flavourful tea when clear, this gets downright decadent with milk or cream and a bit of extra sweetener! Like an After Eight mint in tea form. Totally addictive.

Posted on 2020-10-27

Love this refreshing tea!  Review by  Carolina

After buying a small, 2oz. package to try on a whim, I was very pleasantly surprised by this fragrant, yummy tea. Sipping a cup of this black tea flavored with peppermint & vanilla is a perfect way to bring calm to your day. I enjoy it with a little sweetener & milk. I ordered lots more so I won’t run out soon.

Posted on 2018-10-26

An amazing tea for autumn and winter!  Review by  Michael

This is truly delicious! I don't usually like minty-black tea but this is really different. It looks magical and tastes magical. A wonderful tea for cool autumn and winter nights! It's beautiful to look at as well. Pick up this seasonal tea while it lasts!

Posted on 2018-09-14

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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!