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Black Chai Blend
Black Tea, Chocolate Flavor, Cinnamon Bark, Cinnamon Flavour, Cocoa Nibs, Ginger Root, Natural Almond Flavor
Chocolate, Cloves, Nutmeg, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Creamy, Sweet
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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 10 oz / 295 ml

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From Custom-Adagio Teas, Cara McGee

Hard working and long suffering, this blend comes off a little strong at first, then mellows out with the taste of vanilla cookies and laced with almonds. Careful, could be arsenic*. (*it’s not)

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767 tasting notes

what a clever blend.
both sweet and strong at the same time.

i drank this on friday evening, right before leaving work. so i’ll admit it was days ago and i was a bit distracted at the time.
so hopefully i’ll add more notes later when i drink it again soon.

as of yesterday my very good friend has finally started watching Sherlock. she’s only watched the first episode so far…

[text from bff:] did you slowly develop a crush on benedict cumberbatch as you got more into sherlock?

[my response:] you just described everyone who has watched bbc Sherlock. Ever.

[my PS:] what’s martin freeman? chopped liver?!?!?

then i proceeded to send her every picture of martin freeman that’s saved to my phone. (fyi. it’s a lot a pictures. and a lot of dapper suits.)

Sami Kelsh

YAY SALLY! I think I like Sally Donovan more than even the show likes Sally Donovan. I’d watch a show about Sally Donovan.


I think I like Watson & Sherlock equally! I especially loved Watson’s badassery in the last episode. “I know how to sprain your arm, I’m a doctor.”
I REALLY want an Adagio blend based from the last episode’s really weird ostrich/cupid/katana statue they kept showing!


I don’t really get Bandytoots. Watson is my jive for this BBC version. :)

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2247 tasting notes

Sherlock tea! Thanks, MissB! I actually like this one. It kind of tastes like baked goods or something, which incidentally in my dream last night, Benedict Cumberbatch was packing up pastries for me in a bakery. What a coincidence, but the dream is kind of why I had a Sherlock tea today. This one is a combination of Adagio’s Mambo black, Chocolate chai and Almond. It’s tasty – a sweet cup. More enjoyable than I thought it would be, though I know I love the Mambo. The chocolate in the chocolate chai doesn’t seem to be very chocolate, and the spice of the chai seems to be mostly cinnamon. The almond is plenty present though! Overall, this one tastes like an almond cinnamon roll of some sort.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsp // just boiled // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4-5 min

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1731 tasting notes

The second Sherlock chai of Friday. This one is more suited to my personal tastes, so I felt more confident brewing up a cup of Donovan. As ever, I used 1 tsp of leaf, and gave it 4 minutes in boiling water. I added a splash of milk, because that’s how I roll when it comes to chai.

The initial flavour here is chocolate, with an undertone of chai spices (clove, cardamon, and a hint of cinnamon?) The spices are by no means strong, but they provide a nice background flavour; the combination reminds me of spiced hot chocolate! The black tea base provides a nice sweet maltiness, which combines well with the mild, creamy vanilla and almond notes that come out towards the end of the sip. It’s just like the description says, really – this one starts off with a spicy kick, and then slowly mellows out.

As blends go, I think this one is pretty suited to Donovan’s character. She seems to attack first and ask questions later, in the same way that this blend starts off spicy and then mellows out. I’d rate this blend equally with Mycroft in terms of flavour, and it’s definitely one I’d consider repurchasing in the future.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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419 tasting notes

A little in your face like Donovan, but deep down you know she’s just a little bit sweet on the boys….ok maybe not! Lovely chocolate chai flavor in this tea. I also love that the chocolate isn’t lost to the chai spices in the tea. I like this one as a mid-morning pick me up.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cloves, Nutmeg

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1438 tasting notes

Wow. This is surprisingly good. Okay, yes, I know it’s an Adagio blend just from the flavor. It’s still a hearty, creamy chai, smells strongly (and tastes strongly) of cloves and… cardamom? Something else? I also definitely get the chocolate in here, which is (I think) a first for a chai with chocolate in it.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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615 tasting notes

I agree with Shmiracles! This is a really clever blend.

Strong and sweet really does sum it up. And works perfectly in taste and for the character. Those make for the most fun blends too.

This starts with just the tiniest bit of smoke and malt then quickly turns into almond and cocoa and cinnamon — cookies really.

These blends are also making me want to marathon it again. Gaaaaaaah.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Donovan might be my favourite of the Sherlock teas, as much as I hate to admit it!


Oh wow, really? Added to my list…

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