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||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'.
What luck - In response to Peter Winny's letter re: Garibaldis in Victoria, I work just around the corner, and know for a fact that you can buy them in one of the Newsagents along Strutton Ground market.
Specifically the newsagent up at the NatWest end, with the frankly bizarre display of pot noodles in the front window.
Hope this helps,
|PLEASE HELP US NICEY!|
My fellow snackers at work & I have a huge problem that you may be able to help with through the medium of your NiceCupOfTeaAndASitDown.com site. Here in Victoria we have found that our usual purveyors of noble Garibaldi - King of dunking biscuits, Sainsbury; has let us down badly. They seem to have withdrawn the champion chomp from their shelves in favour of less desirable ‘cookies’, ‘muffins’, ‘doughnuts’ and other items from the ‘in store bakery’!
We have searched the length & breadth of SW1 and can find no sign or crumb of Garibaldi. Is this another initiative by the Government or an EU Directive? Will we all find ourselves sitting at pavement cafes, sipping cappuccino and trying vainly to remove cross ant flakes from our cheeks and fingers?? Where will it all end?
I trust that you will muster the Garibaldi eating fraternity and march on Whitehall demanding equal biscuits for all!
|Nicey replies: That's not right at all. You need to have words with the store, most will get in what they think sells in their locale. Once something goes its unlikely to get reinstated by pure chance. Tell them what you think of their muffins and doughnuts, and that you want proper biscuits. Try turning up in an angry mob, possibly carrying pointy sticks with muffins impaled upon them.|
Sure you may have read or seen about this but if not thought i'd draw your attention to it. A restaurant in Berkshire called the Fat Duck has just been awarded "Best Restaurant In The World" and one thing on it's menu is a cup of tea which is both hot and cold at the same time. Apparantly you have to remove a divider before drinking yet, the hot and cold sides of the drink stay as such. This incredible phenomenon is performed by something called science. So the beauty of it is that you can drink from the cold side, the hot side or half and half.
The only question I have is, who likes cold tea anyway?
|Nicey replies: Jim,
Yes I was tipped off about this a week or two ago but I dismissed it out of hand, as its plainly wrong. When will they ever learn? As you say who wants to drink cold tea? I think the laws of physics and the forces of chaos would in fact soon ensure that you had luke warm tea despite their claims.