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||Dear Mr Nicey,|
I came across your site while doing a Google search for Welsh Breakfast Tea, and I saw the entry from the Australian man about Welsh Breakfast Tea and your reply that you had not heard of a breakfast variety of Welsh tea.
I assure you there IS such a thing, and I personally find it smoother and more to my palate than the English and Irish varieties. The loose tea itself is smaller in 'grain' than you might expect -- rather like a rough coffee grind. The trick is getting it of course.
I can report that if you do a Google search for "welsh breakfast tea" (it must be in quotation marks), several purveyors will come up. I am writing from the US, and I found two distributors right off the bat, but I'm sure your readers in the UK will prefer to make their purchases directly from a Welsh company.
Anyways, please pass along to your readers that Te Gymraeg is indeed available, and I hope this information helps someone. :-)
|Nicey replies: Yes I remember mailing Brian about that.
I was only basing my observations on the fact that I grew up in Wales and nobody I have ever met in Wales drinks Welsh breakfast tea, or indeed has heard of it. There is a tea called Glengetty which is a Welsh brand of tea, but its not widely drunk either. From what I remember of it smooth is not a word I would apply to it, astringent perhaps. I don't doubt that some other companies copy this blend style, or not, and call it Welsh Breakfast but it's all a bit contrived I think. Similarly in England where I have spent most of my adult life very few people indeed drink English Breakfast tea at breakfast time unless of course they are forced to through finding themselves in a hotel or something that insists on keeping up the charade by having Twinings English Breakfast tea. Mostly they are after a nice cup of PG, Tetley, Typhoo etc In my limited exposure to Irish Breakfasts you mostly never get Irish Breakfast tea, but something sensible like Barry's, Nambarrie or Bewleys. Do see where I'm going with this? I don't want to sound stroppy (my Mac is telling me that's not a word, so you may not know what I mean), it's just I suspect these things are abstractions which elude to the popular styles of tea blended over a century ago and subsequently replaced by branded tea.
I'm sure you would be equally nonplussed at things that pass over here as 'New York Bagels' or 'American Cheesecake'.
Arnott's Spicy Fruit Roll Review
|Dear Nicey and Wifey|
I've just been introduced to your site by a former Scottish flatmate of mine here in Australia... We had a mutual love for a nice cup of tea and a sit down... The perfect forum for a good old chat...
I wanted to share a little discovery my husband and I made while on honeymoon last year... While sitting in the foyer of our hotel, we supped a beautiful tea called "Irish Malt", a black Assam tea with a hint of whiskey and caramel... After a letter, a couple of emails and a few phonecalls we managed to discover that it was made by Ronnefeldts... We've since been able to purchase some through an Australian importer and our verdict remains the same... Delicious!
I noticed you have received quite a few comments from Australia where there are many interesting biscuit varieties that I have yet to see on foreign shores... I love Arnott's Spicy Fruit Rolls and Kingstons...
I agree with those of your readers who say they don't understand the interest in Irish Kimberley biscuits... My family and friends always insisted on bringing me packets while I was living in Gibraltar, obviously thinking I was missing the "delicacy"... But to tell you the truth, they really aren't my 'cup of tea'... Although I do have a liking for Mikado's (Arnott's Iced VoVo's are NOT the same!)... My shopping list for family and friends visiting was a large packet of Lyons Gold Label tea - now that was worth waiting for... A nice strong brew after a long day at the office... Perfection!
Keep up the good work
Rachel Lehmann (Irish Aussie)
|Nicey replies: Yes Arnott's Kingstons are infact made under licence using South African manufacturer Baker's recipe for Romany Creams. Perhaps one of the UK manufacturers should have a go at some of these too, especially given that Gypsy creams (which aren't the same really) seem to have disappeared.|
I'm giving serious consideration to adopting a milkless policy in my tea and sit down activities. Until now I've always enjoyed milk (semi-skimmed) in a nice cup of Assam tea. I am partial to both Earl Grey and Lady Grey and, in my past, drank quite a lot of Japanese Green Tea. I'm not yet sure about Darjeeling but will persevere on this front We have a canteen facility at work that offers a range of nice teas and lovely biscuits and, indeed, sit downs, however I feel that if I am ever to taste Camomile Tea I will have to ask a lady colleague to order it for me.
I wonder whether you could suggest any nice teas that can be enjoyed without milk.
|Nicey replies: Tim,
You could suck tepid water through grass cuttings and save yourself the trouble of drinking Camomile tea. As for which is best without milk not sure as we drink conventional teas that don't really lend themselves to that. Site regular Brian Barratt has written to us many times to extoll the virtues of milkless tea. Try typing 'Barratt' into our search box and reading the messages with tea cup icons.
||Good morning Mr Nicey!|
Here in Australia, we attach used tea-bags to the wide brims of our hats, as shown in your little Aussie logo. If they're dry, they dangle around and keep flies away. If they're still wet, they also act as personal air conditioning filters. If they're Twinings, we suck them for the residual flavour still in them.
Ever you 'umble
||Esteemed Mr Nicey,|
This is a serious message about a serious question.
We enjoy English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast and Scottish Breakfast tea, here in the Antipodes. However, a Welsh friend has asked me where we can buy Welsh Breakfast and, indeed, is there such a thing as Welsh Breakfast Tea.
Who makes Welsh Breakfast Tea, and can another Australian reader let us know where we can buy it?
|Nicey replies: 'The' Welsh tea is called Glengetty, I could only find one reference to it in Google and that was in the middle of a large piece of Welsh text. Don't know about a breakfast type of tea however.|