It seems like ages ago that I ordered teas from Adagio. Probably sheer bad luck on my part that I ordered stuff just as the east coast was being hammered by a huge snowstorm, wreaking all sorts of havoc on transportation and shipping routes.
Anyhow, a long time ago (in a galaxy far, far, away…) I ordered a bunch of free tea samplers from Adagio. We’re talking almost 10(!) years ago. Back at Christmas, my parents received some tea from Older Bro, and Baby Bro’s fiance was also given tea. Since everyone in my family seems to have a hard-on for Teavana, I decided to check them out.
Conveniently, it was the Boxing Day/Week period for shopping, and I flitted about online to see what was on offer. I picked up one chai blend (which I am rather wishy-washy about, at the moment) and a brand new cast iron tea pot. I’ve been seriously coveting a cast iron teapot for ages and the one I ended up with happened to be 50% off, so it was kind of a done deal at that point ;)
Fast forward a bit, and I was flitting around online again for more options for tea and at that point re-discovered Adagio… and their FANDOM BLENDS! *SQUEE!*
Honestly? I think Adagio is rather brilliant to come up with a concept that involves tea lovers, fandoms and in the case of the tea blends I purchased: Fandom Artwork!
All the teas I purchased happen to be their more popular blends from the Fandom line, created by artist Cara McGee. I really like her drawing style, and currently am enjoying her tea blending skills; something I can’t imagine is an easy skill to acquire.
Here’s the list of teas I ended up getting from both the BBC Sherlock Sampler, as well as the three extra blends I chose, just because.
Sherlock: blended with assam melody, lapsang souchong, black tea, natural spice flavour, cinnamon bark, orange peels, ginger root, cloves, cardamom. Teas: lapsang souchong, assam melody, oriental spice. (See below for my thoughts on this blend!)
Lestrade: blended with gunpowder, pu erh dante, black tea, natural hazelnut flavour. Teas: gunpowder, pu erh dante, hazelnut
Mrs. Hudson: blended with assam melody, black tea, natural almond flavour. Teas: assam melody, almond
John Watson: blended with assam melody tea, ceylon sonata tea, green tea, black tea, cinnamon bark, natural cinnamon flavour, orange peels, natural bergamot flavour, blue cornflowers. Teas: irish breakfast, cinnamon, earl grey green
Molly Hooper: blended with chamomile, snowbud, rose hips, hibiscus, apple pieces, natural wild cherry flavour, dried cherries. Teas: chamomile, dewy cherry, snowbud
Doctor Who Tardis: blended with black tea, orange peels, natural bergamot flavour, blue cornflowers, natural blackberry flavour, natural vanilla flavour, blackberry leaves. Teas: earl grey bravo, blackberry, vanilla.