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This one and I never quite figured one another out. Ah well.
I still don’t think earl grey is the “Sherlock Holmes” tea, honestly.

gmathis

Nope. He’d go for the strong stuff.

ashmanra

I love this tea, but I think a heftier base and more smoke would be Sherlock’s choice. Maybe even a smokey puerh…now I want a smokey puerh….

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Whew, but life is busy.
My boss is going to have a baby any day now, I’m in a play that opens in two weeks, I’m taking a class which requires a lot of reading, and there are lots of intense work tasks.
Wheeeew.
I would say that hopefully life will calm now, but I doubt it.
Its also been over 100 degrees every day in the last week. Oh joy.
This tea smells delightfully citrusy, but the citrus gets somewhat flattened by the time it brews up. Hmm.

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Let it never be said that I am not susceptible to marketing. I am a huge fan of Sherlock Homes, so when I see a Baker Street Blend, well, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that I am going to get it.
This is an Earl Grey cream blend, and its lighter on the vanilla that I would wish. I may have been inattentive in my steeping, though, so I will watch my next cup of this more carefully, so I can better judge.

gmathis

Hmm…I don’t normally associate Sherlock with Earl Grey, but truthfully I’ve read more spinoff novels than the original canon. Wonder if Conan Doyle mentioned his cup of choice.

ashmanra

This just made me remember Baker Street from Upton. That was a good tea!

Rosehips

You know, I don’t think about Earl Grey for Sherlock Holmes either. I always think of something maltier, or more like a breakfast blend.

gmathis

This conversation must have affected me subliminally…I got to spend a lovely hour at my favorite used bookstore yesterday and lo and behold, a copy of this just jumped into the bag: https://www.amazon.com/Adventure-Peculiar-Protocols-Adapted-Journals/dp/1250228956 Not an author I’m familiar with—we’ll see!

ashmanra

A couple of websites say that Sherlock is known to prefer Lapsang, but another website says that he and Watson drink mostly coffee and the tea they drink is never specified. It would be interesting to see if Lapsang IS ever specifically mentioned.

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drank The Shire by Curiosa Society
2903 tasting notes

Why do I have such trouble with caramel teas? I can’t quite get the steep right, so while the leaf smells wonderful, it tastes a touch bitter. Hmmm. Project!
That said, I don’t dislike this at all, but it I am doing my usual caramel tea uncertainty dance.
Someday I’ll get the hang of it!

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drank The Shire by Curiosa Society
2903 tasting notes

Hello everyone! Oof, June was a wash in terms of me writing tasting notes. It was a busy month. (The anniversary of the death of my father, both of my far-flung siblings being in town, preparing for my boss to go on paternity leave, auditions and early rehersal for a play, and coming off a week where the low temp was 103 all week).
I shall try to be here more. I do love it so.
So I ordered this tea from Curiosa society, which is a shop full of “extraordinary goods”. I’ve ordered cool cards and gifts from them before, and when I saw they were selling teas, well, I jumped.
This is a strawberries and cream type blend, which always sound so lovely, but this came out a touch bitter to me. What is the steeping secret for this sort of blend? Further experimentation is needed.
On a heat related note- what is everyones preferred method for making iced tea? I have decided this is the year I really get the hang of it, but advice would be appriciated!

gmathis

I just cold steep in the fridge overnight…no science to it, but when it gets this hot (Missouri is getting some of your weather this week), flavor subtleties aren’t very important to me.

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