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||Last Saturday saw me accompanying my Girlfriend into Chelmsford town centre while she purchased a new handbag. I am sure many of the male viewers of this site will be familiar with this sort of unenviable task that is often thrust upon us at short notice.|
Well, after many hours of being dragged around the shops, a cold, biting
wind blowing up my trouser legs, she finally found one she liked and purchased it. By this point, I was tired, cold, and very thirsty. But I couldn't stop... oh no... we still had the weekly "big" food shop to do. So we make our way to Sainsbury's and fight our way around the aisles through the hordes of people, finally arriving some time later at the checkouts. As we left the store a old, kindly faced lady handed me a small package from a box. "Free sample, Love" she said. Turning the box over in my chapped, weathered hands I was pleasantly surprised to see it was a packet of Yorkshire Tea, but not the "normal" kind; This blend was specifically for hard water areas. Popping the packet into a carrier bag, I glanced over my shoulder to say thank you, only to find the woman had vanished, and in her place was a very young, bored looking shop assistant. Pushing my trolley across the car park, I began to feel something rather strange and mystical had just happened and I resolved to check out this new tea when I got home.
Arriving some time later back home, I unlocked the door and half stumbled through, almost numb with fatigue. As I was feeling quite faint, I made my way to the kitchen to brew a much needed cup of tea, whilst I left my girlfriend to unpack the shopping from the car. As the kettle boiled, she brought in the bag that had the free pack of Yorkshire tea in it. Having read the documentation on the back, I opened the packet and used the bags to make a nice big pot.
Finally sitting down in my leather armchair, (you know when you get to a
particular age, there is one "special" chair you tend to gravitate to in the
living room) I poured myself a hot, steaming cup of this new tea, added milk and sugar and tasted it.
Maybe it was the tiredness, maybe it was the special blend for my hard water area, I cannot say... It was simply the best cup of tea I had ever had, and I wholeheartly recommend it. Add to that the packet of Custard Creams I found in the cupboard that I had forgotten about, and I believe I had probably the best "nice cup of tea and a sit down" I ever will that day.
I can still see that twinkle in the old lady's eye...
I don't know if you're aware of this but the Taylor's of Harrogate company
who manufacture 'Yorkshire' tea have decided that they should make different blends for hard or soft water. My own experience of 'Yorkshire' tea is limited to staring in horror at an alarming orange liquid on their
advertisement while a very old lady bemoaned the loss of all Yorkshire's
traditional joys (cricket, racism, wife beating, etc) EXCEPT their lovely
tea, which turned out to be the orange liquid in question. Thus this present scientific approach to tea/water combinations seems somewhat surprising in its dynamism and modernity. I must admit my interest was tickled and I thought about getting some. Everyone knows that buying a new tea is filled with danger and risk, so imagine my joy when looking at the Taylor's website to discover that they'll send you a FREE SAMPLE! I hope this news is useful. You can click here to claim your sample of either hard or soft water tea. I shall let you know my views on the hard water tea when it arrives. They don't do free sit downs though. You have to supply your own one of those.
Happy free sipping,
Tunnocks Wafer Review
|Coming from the States, the whole concept of biscuits, cakes, crackers, etc. are all confused for me. In fact, I would guess that your delineations here on your site may not apply as poignantly across the pond.|
However, although I still struggle to understand the concept of tea cakes and many persons' of English persuasion interpretation of them, I am pleasantly intrigued by the all-encompassing Tunnocks bars, also affectionately known as Caramel bars or Army issue bars. As often I purchase them, I still confuse myself whether they are in the confectionery or biscuit section of the supermarket. I may even venture to say that supermarkets vary in their classification.
|Nicey replies: The clue is the name 'Tunnock's real milk chocolate caramel wafer biscuit'. It should be grouped with other chocolate covered biscuits next to the conventional biscuits.|
I was wondering around the supermarket the other day, trying to avoid the
hoards of just slightly dithery old dears and duffers, when something caught my eye in the tea isle. It's called 'Rocket Fuel' and is made by Percol. Apparently it offers an "explosive caffine kick", is "a blend of ceylon
and other fine teas ... with natural guarana ... Seriously Stimulating".
I am currently running a not-so-scientific trial of them, to see if there is any noticeable increase in stimulation above ordinary PG Tips Pyramid
I wonder if The Ministry Of Sound will start serving these as a non-intoxicating substitute for the nominated drivers?
Has anyone else tried these yet?
A friend of mine (Greek, who lived for a while in the UK but is now in the US) and I (from Australia) were trying to explain to a friend of ours online (fully American, from Florida) what Hobnobs are. He simply couldn't grasp the concept. He tried doing an image search and found a photo from your site which helped greatly. After seeing the URL for this image, I thought wow! what a cool website that must be! and I perused nicecupofteaandasitdown.com.
I think you are doing a GREAT service to the world. There are so many people out there who just can't understand what biscuits and tea are all about. Our Floridian friend has made a huge leap in his understanding of the world around him by finding you, and I hope the same will be true for many other ignorant (American) people well into the future!
|Nicey replies: Hoorah for global biscuit understanding and tea harmony. I have broken open a packet of Milk Chocolate HobNobs to celebrate and because its Friday.|