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Bahlsen Orange Choco Leibniz Review
I was flabberghastered yesterday when I popped into my local Tesco (North London) and saw that Bahlsen's Choco Leibnitz are on offer at half price until May 17th. I snapped up several of the boxes at 62p a go.
Of course, I refuse to buy the orange version until it comes with dark chocolate. (A person's mouth can only take so much sugar).
Ginger Nut Review
|I have only lately come across your brilliant site, so I have probably missed a debate on this - here goes anyway. Has anyone else decided that the re-stlyed McVitie's gingernut isn't a patch on the old one? I bought some from Tesco the other week, and they were more like the original McVitie's one than their new style, which is now flat-topped instead of 'ingrained' with 'cracks', and has a blandness previously bettered by its slight spice. When at college I used to dip these into Newcastle Brown Ale - a sweet and yet slightly spicey snack!|
Matt Hewison, Epsom
|Nicey replies: McVities moved production of the Gingernut up to Carlisle in September of last year, and to my knowledge the Gingernut remained unaltered. However the flooding at the factory in January meant that production was shut down, and as we recently reported the factory was still only running at 20% capacity. Biscuits from other sites have been brought to Carlisle for wrapping as they await the reopening of their own lines. I think we can expect some irregularities as the situation gradually returns to normal.|
Marks and Spencer Dunking Cookies Review
I'm from Britain but I live in California, so I like to keep up with current events back home with your website. Anyway, I saw your Biscuit of the Week review about dunking cookies from M&S and I thought: Hello, cookies, dunking, I've seen that before somewhere ... and I had -- there's a chain called Trader Joe's around here that's sold these for a while now. From the suspiciously similar design and packaging, I think they might be one and the same. (Plus, the "cookie" thing is a bit of a give-away.)
Photos of same
|Nicey replies: Looks like a case of parallel evolution to me, as they are similar but not identical. It does, however, call into question the M&S claim to be the world's first cookie designed for dunking, which seemed a little presumptuous.
Oh nice mug by the way.
||Dear Wifey and Nicey|
I am very worried about the way you make your tea, after all your site is called " nice cup of tea..."
It may seem a small thing but in my experience a fine biscuit and a lovely sit down is very easily ruined by a poorly brewed beverage. I urge you to reconsider - one pyramid tea bag for two cups? Then you put the milk in? It's a recipe for disaster and will almost certainly force the rebranding of that classic dunker Rich Tea and then where would we all be?
My own personal preference is Clipper Organic Assam made in a lovely teapot, proper milk none of that semi skimmed rubbish and a nice mug. (I'm making the assumption that the plastic cup in your photo was for promotional reasons so i won't dwell on it.) Please give it a try, it's a tea with the substance and gravitas a nice sit down and biscuit deserves.
|Nicey replies: Fiona,
Fiona, Fiona, much confidence have you in your own tea, yet remain closed your eyes do to tea in general (yes that was in a Yoda voice). As we always say when we get an email such as yours that implores us to make tea just like you have it, "Everybody likes tea the way they like it". You will have read those words but not taken on board their meaning. We respect your opinion on tea but its no more correct or valid than anybody else's, except for the people who put the milk in with the tea bag before adding the water.
The picture of the cup of tea on the train, is a picture of a real cup of tea as drunk by thousands of people every day. Its there to challenge peoples perceptions of tea, most of which are over sentimental. Its not some stereotypical image from a bygone age, but it was a useful cup of tea and I think I washed it down with a triple pack of Jaffa Cakes. If you are shocked by the reality of tea in the 21st Century then perhaps you should stay indoors.
||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'.