My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don’t know.

Summary – Consulting detective Sherlock Holmes applies his genius for deduction to a series of elaborate crimes, all the while locked in a battle of wits with the diabolical Professor Moriarty. He is watched and chronicled by his friend, the loyal Dr. Watson.

The Perfect Drink – We recommend a hot mug of Rooibos tea, with its earthy tones of tobacco and smoke. Holmes smokes very deliberately in the course of his investigations – in The Red Headed League, he tells Watson that ‘it is quite a three pipe problem, and I beg that you won’t speak to me for fifty minutes’. As well as evoking Holmes’s pipe smoke, a Rooibos tea has a deep and complex flavour – malty, nutty, smoky, with a fleeting note of caramel. It’s an ideal match for the complicated and enigmatic detective. You could mellow your complex Rooibos with a swirl of milk, just as the stable Dr. Watson counterbalances the darkly intelligent Holmes.

The Perfect Snack – Holmes is known for his ability to deny his bodily needs in the service of a case. However, in his quieter moments, he appears to have a very hearty appetite – in the course of the stories, he tucks into sandwiches, beer, beef, tinned peach and curried chicken! In particular, the stories are peppered with breakfasts. Holmes and Watson often greet new clients or read the papers over strong coffee and hot scrambled eggs. There is something distinctly Holmesian about a good breakfast – think piping hot English muffins or thickly sliced toast, topped with melting butter and lashings of strawberry jam. Eggs are something that Holmes takes very seriously  – in The Problem of Thor Bridge, Holmes refuses to discuss new information with Watson until ‘you have consumed the two hard-boiled eggs with which our new cook has favoured us.’ We recommend that you pair your toast with a boiled egg, the yolk runny and sprinkled with a little salt. Finish with plenty of strong tea and coffee.

The Perfect Place – For some reason, both the Sherlock Holmes stories and the novels of Dickens feel like Christmas reads to us. Something about cold, smoky Victorian London seems to complement the long winter evenings that precede Christmas! Wrap up warm and read Holmes by a warm fireside, while the world outside is cold, crisp and dark.

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