There are many reasons that I love our Baker Street Blend.
It was the first blend of just teas1 that I attempted. (And it turned out to be one that Mister Tea and I both loved.) It enabled me to recreate a tea for a friend. It was also the tea that made us realize we could do tea series.
Start with a foundation tea blend and a theme, and just run with it, wherever it took us.
When we created Baker Street Blend, and realized the possibilities that it opened up for us, we did discuss a number of detectives (from both screen and page) that we’d want to salute at some point.
Unfortunately, this was long before the existence of the tea journals, and not every idea we had actually managed to make it into the “Tea Ideas” file.
Some of them stayed floating around in the back of my brain, and meander back into the foreground when an appropriate flavour set presents itself.
Mister Tea and I have a weakness for mysteries and procedural crime and… 2Over time it has appeared this weakness is especially pronounced when the program in question is made in the UK.
Many years ago we stumbled onto “A Touch of Frost” while Mister Tea was meditating by looking through video offerings.3
The platform was probably Netflix, but I don’t tend to file the particular streaming service in my brain, so I cannot be positive on that.
We decided to watch it. The description had a number of elements that were quite solidly in our mutual wheelhouse for video entertainment4 – and we had high hopes for it.
We were not disappointed. I would not call what we did binge-watching, per se, as we didn’t really have the time to do so in the standard sense – but it did become the only thing we watched until we had consumed it all.
And then there was sadness.5
“A Touch of Frost” was one of the things that came up in the original Baker Street tea blends discussion, but it didn’t come forward as a proper idea again until recently.
As is probably unsurprising, Mister Tea tends to share tea with his workmates. This has happened in a variety of different locations, and I think he takes his duties as Tea Ambassador quite seriously. Not merely to spread awareness of the existence of Desert Sage Natural – he also just truly enjoys introducing people to Really Good Tea.
One of these sharings and the discussion that followed led one of the chaps at his work to fill out our Tea Survey.6
As often happens, reading through the survey and deciding what teas to suggest also led to thoughts of other teas that should be made. This particular survey came as close to saying “make Baker Street with peppermint!” as it could given that the respondent had never had Baker Street.
From there the path to name was a matter of a partial second’s thought.
And this tea became “The Inspector’s Frost” before it had even been blended.
I’m always a little worried when I give a tea a name before I’ve made sure that 1 – I can blend it, and 2 – It is actually something that SHOULD be blended. Admittedly, I have only had one idea that I couldn’t make work the way I had planned… but that doesn’t change the paranoia.
For this, that paranoia was baseless.
One test blend and there was bliss in a cup. I like mint, but I do not usually seek it out unless there’s a medicinal reason for it. This tea may change that attitude.
When Mister Tea sampled it for the first time his face lit up, his eyes widened, and he turned a single word into a sound of solid approval. I am pretty sure he would have stolen the cup if there had been enough left to steal.
Now for the basics:
Organic Ingredients: Keemun Black Tea, Earl Grey Tea, Russian Caravan Tea, Peppermint
Batch Size: 2.6 oz, approximately 73 grams, making at least 30 servings of tea
Options: Loose Tea (Sample, Bag, Tin), Teabags (Single, Sample, Bag)
- Meaning bits from the Camellia Sinensis plant.
- I started with Sherlock Holmes when I was quite young, rampaged through Agatha Christie’s catalog, and my grandparents’ library gave me John Le Carre, Len Deighton, and a host of others.
- Yes. This is one of the ways he wards off anger and depression. It is also one of the ways I find sleep, amusingly enough.
- Finding things that appeal directly to both of us is sometimes difficult. I am comedy-challenged, whereas Mister Tea doesn’t like exploring the dark side of humanity quite as much as I do.
- A friend in the UK seemed mildly surprised that we had seen it when the name of this tea was first mentioned – and the ensuing conversation made me realize that Mister Tea and I should probably look into more of David Jason’s work. Which is now on the books as something to do…
- I almost feel like there should be a deep kettle drum rolling under those words, these days.