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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.

Tea Format Tea Bags
Caffeine Caffeinated
Origin Blend
Type Black
Cup Strength Strong

An Ideal Tea Dueling Tea  Review by  ['Paladin West Esq.']

During the 2022 Labor Day Weekend my local Steampunk group used this tea for a Tea Dueling tournament at Upper Canada Village in Ontario (so Rideau Hall's in our neighborhood). For those who don't know: Tea Dueling involves dipping small butter cookies in cups of steaming hot tea, holding the at eye level and daring the opponent to be the *last* person to eat the cookie cleanly, i.e. before it falls apart due to its soaking. Not only did this tea work well for dueling, but it was a hit afterwards with attendees who enjoyed the flavor blend along with their cookie, and even went for seconds of the tea. No milk or sugar needed, everyone liked it.

Posted on 2022-09-13

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 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!