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You tried the new Tetley's Extra Strong. I'm intrigued. Is it just more tea leaves in the bag or have they done something else? I'm off to Morrisons tonight, I may get some and do some investigative work.
|Nicey replies: Morning Jim,
No but I had to have Tetley on the train to London the other day as Terry the bloke with the trolley said that PG have stopped doing plastic train tea. I was mortified.
To my tastes Tetley seem to have access to some pretty strong old tea already so maybe they have just blended a batch for all the teabag squeezers out there who think that you have to wring your teabag bone dry before its done its work. The draw strings on the Tetley bag in my train tea are a testament to Tetley's belief that a teabag should be wrung dry.
Thin Arrowroot Review
I've just discovered the site and have been aggressively advertising it to anyone who will listen to me. Well done, I'm a massive fan.
Anyway, I reckon a workplace debate that raged a few years back may be worth you conducting as an online poll.
Namely - Biscuits as weapons, what would you choose?
Having been recently slashed across the face and cut by my then girlfriend with the broken edge of half a Rich Tea, I originally suggested Rich Tea.
However, many colleagues were touting the strength and ferocity of a Ginger Nut. They claimed that if Bruce Willis was filming Die Hard 4 and had to take out some miscreants with only biscuits as weapons, he'd be looking to take eyes out with a broken Ginger Nut. I had to concede.
Eventually, I came up with some real heavy artillery and suggested a piece of Traditional All Butter Scottish Shortbread. But only a triangular piece, broken off a one of those souvenir shortbread wheels (you know the ones that come in segments like a dartboard?). Using it as a dagger, I'd fancy myself against an ageing Willis and his Ginger Nut. We all agreed that this is probably the hardest biscuit; the Daddy; the top biscuit for a weapon.
I'm now thinking that a new kid might be on the block and the good NCOTAASD crew might be able to ponder this as a poll.
|Nicey replies: Stuart,
Good grief what a violent lifestyle you lead, we rarely get correspondence from people who have been disfigured by half a Rich Tea. In fact yours is the first.
As for Bruce Willis it's been my observation that in Die Hard films he can be repeatedly shot in various parts of his anatomy and yet still run around quite happily, therefore its going to require quite a substantial biscuit to take him down.
I have always thought that the thin Arrowroot would make quite an effective Ninja Star substitute as it's very hard and thin. Perhaps a hail of these might disable Mr Willis long enough for you to see him off with your shortbread petticoat tail (yes that's their proper name which doesn't sound quite so menacing)
Morning Coffee Review
Thank-you for having such a wonderfully cheery website. I was having a thouroughly crappy morning, until I happened upon your site whilst searching for info about Crawfords (don't ask!). Anyway, I came across your previous review re. Morning Coffee biscuits, and also noted the reply sent about that review. I was in the same boat. Being a die-hard Morning Coffee fan, I was dismayed when I could not find them in ANY of my local supermarkets etc.
The closest I could get to any was that my local Somerfield has the space on the shelf for them, but when asked, the informed me of an apparent shortage from certain biscuitiers.
This changed when my nearest Safeway (having been taken over by Morrisons) turned overnight into a full blown Morrisons!
Then, on the occasion of my first visit there, I made a dubious (and slightly pessimistic) scan of their biscuit section.......and there they were!
Needless to say, i was overjoyed and the few packet that I could afford at the time, were gone within 24 hours!
So, if anyone else is struggling to locate this elusive breed, try Morrisons
I know i'm in the minority here but i'm partial to the odd Nice biscuit. I've had my suspicions for a while now but they have been confirmed by my latest packet sat on my desk right now. The sugar that used to adorn the top of the biscuits seems to have almost disappeared into some half-arsed powdery sweet topping. There's not a lot of it either. I started eating Nice biscuits when my gran (gawd rest 'er soul) used to feed me them with a cup of her superbly made tea. The biscuit glistened with it's abundant crystalline sugar coating. It was like a scene out of Narnia (kind of). I'm actually seeing now why people are so against this biscuit. I know we've talked in the past about how manufacturer's may or may not be downsizing and degrading the quality of their product. Some of the time we know this to be fact, other times just a bi-product of getting older and bigger. This, however is a case of fact and it's upset me. I don't want to mention any names but they are Morrison's brand. No wonder they announced pre-tax losses of millions two days ago. My advice, start by improving your Nice biscuits and everything else will fall into place.
|Nicey replies: Jim,
In the odd Yin and Yang world of NiceCupOfTeaAndASitDown I shall immediately follow up your post with a good Morrisons story. By the way my spell checker really wants me to change their name to morons or Mormons, so it's a safe bet they don't have branches in San Francisco Bay area, although it's heard of the other two.
Fruit Shortcake Review
|I need to learn to drink tea, but so far i find it disgusting without sugar! (my parents say "you shouldn't drink tea with sugar") I have been told that tea-drinking is an essential part of British culture and socialising, and i'm scared that without it I may become an outcast, due to being difficult by asking for orange juice etc. woe is me! (I can make tea in a pot or with a teabag, but I really don't think that's good enough) HOW DO YOU LEARN TO DRINK TEA!?!?!?!?!?|
|Nicey replies: Amber,
You simply need to knuckle down and drink lots of tea. What will definitely help are some nice straight forward biscuits, nothing too fancy as you are looking for the tea to play its part in the proceedings, and not be drowned out. I would say try a few fruit shortcakes with your next cuppa and see how you get on. Also it helps if you really need your cup of tea, so I would suggest any number of physical pursuits to get your need for tea increased. Try short bursts of tidying up the house, between 15-30 minutes. This should have you screaming for a cuppa, sugar or not. If this doesn't work then you could always get a job on a building site, or in the NHS where tea drinking tends to part of the training.