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185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec 13 oz / 374 ml

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From Custom-Adagio Teas, Cara McGee

Bitter. So bitter. Some seem to be attracted to it though, for whatever reason. Also just a bit fruity. Best served cold.

blended with ceylon sonata, black tea, orange peels, rose hips, hibiscus flowers, natural grapefruit flavor, natural orange flavor, marigold flowers

teas: grapefruit, ceylon sonata, blood orange

steep at 212° for 3 mins
Inspired by BBC’s Sherlock, which I am in no way affiliated with. This is created purely for my own enjoyment.

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767 tasting notes

“I believe in Sherlock Holmes.”

if you haven’t seen the Sherlock short that takes place before season 3 begins, i recommend it. i mean, not mind blowing or anything, but lots of feelings. and you get to see Anderson’s beard. it’s the short that made Philip Anderson more than just a one dimensional annoying loser.

so maybe like Anderson, this tea doesn’t seem very popular but i still kinda like it. it will be very easy for me to finish my half-tin sample quickly. so yum.

i like blood orange teas a lot cuz they are a great contrast and variety to the usual chocolate and cookie flavored type teas i tend to drink most.

hooray the beard-o weird-o!
i would totally drink a cup and let Anderson rattle his theories off to me.
and then i’d buy him lunch, cuz he IS , ya know, all unemployed now and stuff.

Sami Kelsh

I feel Anderson’s pain (unemployment bro-fist!) but also, it was nice to see him get a bit more development in series 3 beyond just sort of being a dude who a) doesn’t like Sherlock; and b) isn’t as smart as him, either. Now I just live in hope that Donovan gets more than a cameo in series 4 ;)

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173 tasting notes

Backlog from yesterday: I seem to only make this one as a cold brew. This time I passed it off on to my fiance who likes iced tea. He said he liked it, though I definitely didn’t sweeten it as much as he’s used to. I don’t have too much of this left, so I think I might just use up what I have for another iced brew.

ETA: I’m brewing up some double strength to pour over ice, which I rarely do. Normally I cold brew. Fingers crossed I didn’t screw it up.

Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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2247 tasting notes

Thanks for this one a while ago, MissB! I will be having at least one Sherlock tea for the next three Sundays because of… SHERLOCK. I haven’t actually watched today’s episode yet. Maybe tomorrow. I haven’t actually written a tasting note for this tea yet either, because the grapefruit and Ceylon sounded as lame to me as Anderson. :D Turns out, I don’t love it. Surprise surprise. There is definitely grapefruit flavor here, but I am not a fan of grapefruit. At least it covers up the Ceylon. But I don’t think I mind Adagio’s Ceylon as much as other Ceylons. I only have a little of this tea left though, and I love it for the tin.

Flavors: Grapefruit

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1731 tasting notes

The last of Friday’s teas. After two cups of chai, something light and refreshing was just the ticket! I used 1 tsp of leaf, and gave it 3.5 minutes in boiling water. No additions.

I have to say that the flavour here is mainly ceylon. I’ve actually drank Adagio’s Ceylon Sonata plain a good few times before, so I know the taste pretty well. It’s quite a citrussy tea to begin with, but with this blend it’s hard to know where that ends and the grapefruit/blood orange begins. They’re fairly mild in any case, although it’s fair to say that I can taste the grapefruit more than the orange. It adds just a slightly sharp, bitter note to the overall cup.

If boring and bitter sum up Anderson, then this is a great fandom blend. I suppose he can be a little bitter, at times, although who wouldn’t be after what he’s experienced? Maybe sour is a better word, and that works too.

This one’s a good palate refresher, purely because it lacks a strong flavour punch. For the same reason, though, this isn’t a stand out blend to me. I’m going to follow the recommendation to try this one cold, and see if that improves matters any. I can only hope that it does!

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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1441 tasting notes

This is much better cold than hot, although it’s still.. weird. It’s grapefruit, kind of, with something weird in there that’s still fruity yet… I dunno. Tart in a way that seems weird to me. It’s… tea tart? Hard to explain this one.

190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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326 tasting notes

The Sherlock 10 tea sampler were the first teas I ever bought when I was getting into loose leaf, and they were what made me want to try loose tea in the first place since I’m a huge Sherlock fan. They weren’t available in the UK where I live when I first heard about them, and so I did get a couple of bags of tea from Whittard to experiment with originally, but I didn’t really get excited about tea until Adagio made these available from their UK site. In the two years since then, I’ve accumulated a huuuge collection of around 500 teas, and I’m trying to downsize to (hopefully) around 100 teas eventually so it’s more manageable. Since these are my oldest teas, I thought it was about time I tried to sip them down before they lose their flavour. I have maybe one more cup of this before I’m done with it.

I do prefer this tea iced, but I didn’t have enough left in my sampler tin to cold brew it so I had this cup hot. I actually got more of the grapefruit flavouring this time around, and the blood orange was distinguishable too. The Ceylon base melds with the flavourings really well – the citrussy notes make the fruit flavouring seem more naturally a part of the tea. Half way through drinking this my brother came into the room and I offered him a sip. He usually tries them and then hands them straight back, looking fairly neutral and unimpressed, but with this one he actually said ‘Ooh I like that one’ and had another two sips before handing the mug back. I ended up letting him finish the rest of the mug – I’m on a mission to turn everyone in my life into tea people! He drank it all really quickly, and I’m actually surprised by how much he loved it. I think I’m going to up the rating a little from 70.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

Sherlock! :D

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11 tasting notes

Smelled great in the bag, tasted like nothing in the cup. To say this is dull is an understatement. Don’t get me wrong, you could argue that it has a nice light flavor. The bloodorange and grapefruit aren’t completely hidden. And it’s true, I’ve never been a huge fan of fruit teas or ceylon, so maybe I’m a little biased, but the let down between what I smelled and what I tasted was just too much.

I did so want to like it, but there’s honestly nothing that recommends this to me. It’s basically just tinted water. Boring.

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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