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Rich Tea Review
Sorry to clutter up your inbox with my ramblings but I am a neophyte to this site and I have to get a few things off my chest. Having perused the site and I am puzzled as to why you harbour such a negative attitude towards the lovely Nice biscuit? When I was a toddler in the early Sixties, and my parents were struggling to raise a small family, we were fobbed off with a variety of cheap biscuits in the hope that we might actually eat them occasionally (if desperate, and at gun-point). They tried us on Rich Tea, which only demonstrate traces of something that might be described as "flavour" for the first 25 seconds after the packet is opened; they tried us on Morning Coffee, which were only a marginal improvement (and mainly due to the elaborate decoration); they tried us on Lincoln, which only provide pleasure through stroking the upper surface. Once we were given long, slim biscuits with a thin, hard, lurid, swirly pink icing on top which we liked but were declared "bad for the teeth". Eventually they hit upon Nice biscuits which were not only coconutty but had granulated sugar on top. And proper Peek Frean's Nice too, which were a lovely pure white colour and not the American Tan of the modern impostor.
I could eat an entire packet of Peek Frean's Nice right now, if you had a time machine and decided to use it for biscuit retrieval purposes, rather than world domination.
P.S. to this day my parents always have Rich Teas in our old biscuit tin with a Kingfisher painted on the lid. They are always soft and smell of damp flannels (the biscuits, not my parents). My children won't eat them either.
|Nicey replies: Its a coconut thing really. Some desiccated coconut is like wood shavings and the taste can be quite overpowering. Although in later years it seems my views on coconut may be softening somewhat I would still like to keep the Nice biscuit at a safe distance. I think this is much like old adversaries who are bound up with one another by historical events but cannot yet bring themselves to regard old foes as friends.
I can also see that given the selection of biscuits you were exposed to at a young age that something with sugar on top would have been magnificent and an instant hit. People often forget in our modern days of excess that such simple things were once genuine treats. I still think of the fruit shortcake in much the same way as biscuit whose cup runneth over with bountiful goodness.
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
I recently read your review of the Tim Tam, comparing it with the Penguin. A most enlightening read indeed. I am an Englishman who has temporarily moved to Australia for a year, and I have been able to purchase and consume a large number of these delicious Antipodean biscuits, especially making good use of the local custom, the Tim Tam Slam.
I have tried two varieties: Original and Double Coat. The Double Coat has a thicker layer of chocolate covering it, and is available for the same price per packet. Why bother with the Original, then, you ask? Well, the problem is that the Original Tim Tam comes in a pack of eleven biscuits, or a "share pack" of twenty, whereas for the price of the standard original pack, the Double Coat variety comes in a pack of just NINE.
That's 81% of the number of original biscuits. The question, then, is:
Is the Double Coat Tim Tam at least 19% better than the Original? Can its extra choc make up for the difference in biscuit quantity, and crown it The Best Tim Tam?
I leave it up to you to test this.
I remain, Sir, yours sincerely,
|Nicey replies: I thought he Double Coat ones were certainly better as it gave more of an opportunity to study Arnott's unique chocolate coat, which has a slight caramel flavour. They possibly were 19% better actually.
Given that recently we were be told by advertisers about shampoos which could make your hair 81% more shiny or something then I think its fair to measure 'better' in percentage points.
Also talking of adverts last night Wifey and I saw an old video of Heart singing their hit that goes 'How do I get you alone?' which always makes me think of adverts for bank loans. Then I realised that with the credit crunch there are no adverts for loans or credit cards right now, and no credit card junk mail landing on NCOTAASD's HQ door mat. That's got to be saving some trees.
I've digressed haven't I.
Blue Riband Review
|Thanks the new review, interesting that it's Blue Riband and Tunnocks that you compare. As a child there were both in the "nice biscuits" biscuit tin on top of the cupboards that my brother and I couldn't reach even when working in (rare) partnership with a kitchen stool. Your description of the Blue Riband reminded me exactly of the taste I remember from childhood and then, I remembered that my Dad always had the Tunnocks saying they weren't as nice as Blue Riband and he was doing us a favour by eating them and not the Blue Riband. I now suspect that might not be completely true.|
|Nicey replies: Very glad to hear that my taste descriptions are relevant.
I remember Nanny Nicey opening up a mystery parcel when I was little which had been sent to her by my Nan who was on holiday in Cornwall. I must have been about 4 or 5 years old. I can vividly remember looking up at her and asking her what was in the little tin and being told that I wouldn't like clotted cream
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
I note that as I reach my half century my enjoyment of many childhood treats is spoiled by modern repackaging. You have rightly complained about the diminution of pleasure from eating a four-fingered Kit-Kat wrapped in plastic. I cannot enjoy a Penguin biscuit similarly clothed. And there is no place on God's Earth for a yellow Penguin. As children my sister and I would only eat a Penguin in a blue, or at a push green, wrapper. I later found out that my Father heroically unwrapped the red Penguins and re-clad them in the blue and green wrappers. This task was made easier by the fact that my sister and I would carefully unwrap a Penguin, remove the biscuit, and reform the wrapper so that it appeared to be a uneaten biscuit, complete with payload. Now you can't do that with a plastic sheath.
|Nicey replies: Really. I've always considered it a widely known fact that all green foods, green fruit gums in-particular are derived from Fairy washing up liquid. As such the green penguins were the last to go in our house.|
||Hello sir, |
I too am a tea enthusiast, not to mention invetor, animal keeper and exotic dancer.
I have created a lovely tea video which has nearly made it to half a million hits on youtube and had a splendid article in the telegraph.
The link is below if you fancy featuring it on your site, even better if you'd like to host the mp3, I can send it to you and you can pop it up on your site.
do let me know
|Nicey replies: Hello Professor Elemental,
Yes we have been made aware of your work, so its very nice to hear from you in person. Its a one of the YMOS's birthday today so we are enjoying extra tea rations today to help wash down all the the birthday cake.
Well done on the bonkers numbers of hits on your YouTube stuff. Ours is mostly here