A superb blend of Uva Ceylon tea from Sri Lanka combined with Darjeeling from the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, rich Assam from Northern India and full-bodied Yunnan from the genesis of tea in China. A sweet dessert-wine fragrance completes the experience.
Blended and named for the Governor General's official residence in Ottawa, this tea is served at all the residence's special occasions.
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Not my preferred blend Review by tally
While Murchie's does a great job with all their tea blends, this is not one of my favorites. As a comparison, my preferred black tea blends are Diamond Jubilee and Editor's Blend.Posted on 2016-02-20
smooth and mellow Review by Shirley
I received a box of this tea for Christmas from my son in law. I took a few bags into my hand quilting group to share a pot of tea with them for lunch. Now they are all asking for more "Governor General" tea. One faithful coffee drinker has even converted to drinking this tea. Luckily my son in law had another business trip to B.C. and brought back another box of tea for"the quilting ladies".Posted on 2015-04-29
A lovely tea - especially for the busy Review by Ted
First off, I'm a dreadful combination of busy and forgetful. So, when I picked up some of this tea on the advice of a friend I did not realize what a boon it would be for me. Normally when I make a cup of tea, I forget about it - sometimes for a while, only to come back to an undrinkable cup - such a waste. In my experience, this tea absolutely resists over-steeping. I don't know what genius went into the blending of it, but I have yet to had a cup that I had to throw out. It's always strong, smooth, and very drinkable even after an unreasonable amount of time steeping.Posted on 2013-10-30
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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!