* I'm continuing my exploration of the Sherlock Holmes-themed blends at Adagio teas. I'll admit that I don't have the most sophisticated palate for tea in the world (I'm more of a coffee snob by nature and experience), but in case you're interested, my amateur "reviews" of four of the blends (Watson, Lestrade, The Mind and the Heart, and Sherlock's Eyes) are below the cut.
Watson by Cara McGee
A crack shot and brown as a nut.
Description: Queen and Country traditionalist, but still recounting his days in Afghanistan drinking green tea, John Watson prefers his tea with a bit of cream, no sugar, and just a little warm from a touch of cinnamon.
Review: This is my favorite of Cara McGee's blends (that I've tried thus far). It's downright comforting while at the same time feeling strong and energetic. (Perfect for Dr. Watson, isn't it?) I'm an Earl Grey fan, and this note is clear and dominant; there's an added kick from the Irish Breakfast, and the cinnamon comes across subtly throughout and then wonderfully at the end to round out the flavor in a very satisfying way. I'll need more of this one.
Lestrade by Cara McGee
A great cup of tea. And, if we're very lucky, it might even be a good one.
Description: Smoky traces of gunpowder, aged leather, mellowed with a trace of hazelnut. A distinguished, if tired, blend.
Review: This is such an ideal interpretation of Lestrade's character! Down-to-earth, calm, with hidden depth. I love its smokiness. I prefer to drink my tea plain, with nothing added, and this works wonderfully well that way, but it's even better, I think, with a splash of lemon. Normally hazelnut is a bit too sweet for my taste, but the slight hint of it here perfectly offsets the earthy-bitterness to create a rich, smooth taste.
The Mind and the Heart by Cara McGee
A perfectly complimentary blend.
Description: 'Spicy and Jammy' with a 'buzzy mouthfeel'. Stir a spoonful of honey into this this subtly fruity tea for a surprisingly sweet pairing.
Review: This is quite lovely. It smells wonderful. The first taste is the tartness of the berries and the warmness of the vanilla, but the cinnamon and ginger follow up for the perfect ending. I love that it's strong and it needs nothing added. My favorite of this Sherlock collection (thus far, at least) remains the Watson blend, but I really love this one, as well.
Sherlock's Eyes by Molly Endries
His eyes have such power.
Description: The mint awakens and piques the senses. The green adds some softness and comfort. The early grey provides a lasting, lingering, and comforting base.
Review: Fantastic! I could stand around all day, just inhaling the smell of this tea. The chocolate and bergamot scents really jump out at me from the bag (and the finished cup). The taste, however is more the clean coolness of the green tea and especially the spearmint. It's wonderfully refreshing and complex, and I immediately want another cup. I'm so glad I took a chance with this blend! I suspect (deduce?) that I'll be buying more.
* Happy early birthday wishes to sarah531, vg_ford, tunes84, captnofmyheart, wildviolet4, savagedoc45, lalam, silveraspen, and prettybirdy979. May all of you enjoy a fantastic day and a wonderful year to come!
The following is probably of interest only to me, but it will help me feel more organized, so here goes...
My Upcoming Spring/Summer Appearances
“Dystopia and the Problem of Technology” Conference sponsored by The Working Group on Political Theory at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina (as Guest Speaker)
“The Bourgeois Virtue in Film and Fiction” Colloquium in Washington, DC (as Discussion Leader)
- ConCarolinas in Charlotte, North Carolina (as Author Guest)
- “Liberty and Society” Seminar sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (as Guest Faculty)
Live Event for "Hogwarts 101: Exploring Harry Potter, Years 1-3" for Mythgard Academy at Signum University, hosted by Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland (as Faculty)
Cato University Summer Seminar on Political Economy sponsored by the Cato Institute in Washington, DC (as Faculty)
My Upcoming Teaching
(I'm still working out some of the details, so this list is incomplete.)
- "The Hunger Games and Worlds Gone Wrong" seminar for Belmont University
- "Hogwarts 101: Exploring Harry Potter, Years 1-3" course for Mythgard Summer Academy at Signum University
"100 Years of Literature about Same-Gender Worlds" seminar for Lenoir-Rhyne University
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