Strawberry Shortcake

Tea type
Black Fruit Blend
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Flavors
Cake, Candy, Citrus, Cream, Fruity, Malt, Mineral, Strawberry, Sweet, Vanilla, Artificial, Soap
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 oz / 350 ml

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  • “I wanted to pick up something a bit more aggressively flavoured from Murchie’s while we were there. Well, at least, aggressively flavoured by their own standards. Even their most flavoured blends...” Read full tasting note
  • “For the May prompt “a strawberry tea.” The dry leaf aroma of this tea actually does remind me of strawberry shortcake… it has a sweet, candied strawberry sort of aroma mixed with a vanilla/cream...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I opened the bag and was hit with a ridiculously powerful punch of artificial strawberry essence, to the point where it made me a little queasy! The scent reminds me of something from my childhood,...” Read full tasting note
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  • “First time having this tea. Brewed for 3 mins in boiling water. The dry leaves smell exactly like a strawberry shortcake. I would eat it if i could. The leaves are shiny and heavy as if there is a...” Read full tasting note
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From Murchie's Tea & Coffee

“A smooth blend of Murchie’s Ceylon and Keemun teas with the flavour and aroma of fresh ripe BC strawberries plus creamy and delicious vanilla.
Smooth and naturally slightly sweet without milk; with milk the creaminess factor is off the charts. Also try it iced or as an iced tea latte, just divine.”

About Murchie's Tea & Coffee View company

Since 1894, Murchie’s has been importing and blending the finest quality teas from select gardens around the world. As the decades have passed, the art of tea blending and tradition of excellence are handed down along with the old recipes. Today, Murchie’s offers traditional products and classic blends while also developing new combinations for a new generation of tea drinkers. We are proud to provide blends for events and occasions, from local landmarks to national observations and royal milestones.

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I wanted to pick up something a bit more aggressively flavoured from Murchie’s while we were there. Well, at least, aggressively flavoured by their own standards. Even their most flavoured blends tend to be lighter than a lot of other companies – a pro or con, depending on one’s preferences.

Steeped up it feels pretty clear to me that there’s a pretty large quantity of flavourings used here. Not in the sense that it’s overly intense, but more that I think the complexity of the flavour wouldn’t be achievable without layering several different flavourings. I think strawberry and either vanilla or cream (maybe both) would be the obvious ones here, and they’re definitely the most prominent in taste too. I love the natural sweetness present and the strawberry errs slightly floral which gives it a unique complexity and dimension. I’d be surprised if there aren’t also things like butter or biscuit flavouring in the mix too though, to give it that sort of pastry spin that differentiates this from just a standard strawberries and cream blend.

Honestly, not bad! I’d like to try it with milk next.

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For the May prompt “a strawberry tea.”

The dry leaf aroma of this tea actually does remind me of strawberry shortcake… it has a sweet, candied strawberry sort of aroma mixed with a vanilla/cream scent that comes off very light/whipped and kinda pulls my mind to imagery of soft sponge cake.

Brewed up, both aromas are still present off the warm cup, with the strawberry aroma becoming a little zestier due to the malty/mineral notes of the black tea. The base has a surprising amount of boldness, with a deep coppery malt, citrus, and mineral flavor; it comes off a bit strongly when the tea is still piping hot, but as the liquor cools the flavorings become more dominant. The strawberry is a little fruity and a little candy, falling more on one side or the other for me depending on the sip, and the sweet vanilla/cream flavor is lovely.

Really enjoying this one!

Flavors: Cake, Candy, Citrus, Cream, Fruity, Malt, Mineral, Strawberry, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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I opened the bag and was hit with a ridiculously powerful punch of artificial strawberry essence, to the point where it made me a little queasy! The scent reminds me of something from my childhood, but I can’t quite put my finger on what it is. It might be strawberry-flavored Creme Savers, which I VERY MUCH ENJOYED in the late ’90s/early 2000s. That said, I was a little nervous the tea would taste like 100% artificial, perfume-y strawberry and nothing else.

At first, it doesn’t. Once it’s brewed up, the artificial scent mostly dissipates and I’m getting a much more natural strawberry aroma, although there’s definitely an artificial flavor that hits at the back of a sip. It’s layered on the same soapy black tea base I recognize from Canadian Breakfast; the website tells me it’s a blend of Ceylon and Keemun. (I really need to get better at recognizing black tea varieties!) I’m not really getting vanilla or anything to evoke the “shortcake” part of this tea, and I feel like the base is just not super high quality… so, overall, this is pretty meh. It’s also making my entire WFH office room smell like a cheap strawberry candle someone bought at the dollar store and forgot about in the trunk of their car. Ooh, or maybe it smells like a cheap air freshener?! That could be what I’m getting in the scent. Regardless… not great.

A bit of oat milk adds some body and helps hide the artificial flavor, but I think this one will be, ahem, shared in the TTB when it comes my way. XD

Edit: OK, I couldn’t finish my cup because even the small amount of lingering artificial strawberry scent was bothering me. I can’t get the car freshener comparison out of my head! I have to reduce my rating because to me, this is just vile. I rarely dump tea, but this one went down the sink. :(

Flavors: Artificial, Soap, Strawberry

gmathis

I remember Cream Savers! Life Savers are getting to be hard to find in our part of the world—husband loves Wild Cherry and Butter Rum; those just have to be ordered bulk online.

Kelmishka

I used to love butter rum-flavored candies, ha!

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First time having this tea. Brewed for 3 mins in boiling water.

The dry leaves smell exactly like a strawberry shortcake. I would eat it if i could. The leaves are shiny and heavy as if there is a lot of artificial flavoring - although you can already tell that by the smell.

The brewed tea – smells more like a black tea and less like a dessert.
The taste of the tea is like strawberry flavored cake or cookies— not ones that use fresh strawberry . This would be good with some milk and sugar ,which might help enhance the strawberry flavor and give you the creaminess of a cake.
I am drinking this tea plain and it is perfectly fine. The black tea is smooth and very refreshing. The aftertaste of this tea leaves a wonderful artificial strawberry flavor.
If you have ever eaten the pink frosting/ strawberry flavored cream biscuits or pocky sticks, that’s the artificial strawberry flavor I am getting.

Flavors: Cream, Strawberry

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