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||Dear Nicey and Wifey,|
While returning home from San Francisco last week, boredom forced me to flick through the pages of BAís in-flight magazine High Life. One of the journalists ( Ed Grenby) had been given the job of reviewing five lesser known Britsh festivals, including the Edinburgh Harp Festival, the Lancashire Food festival and the †Bonsai Festival. I must say he seemed more than under-whelmed.
His final quip went ďAnd if undersized undergrowth wasnít exciting enough, April also sees the return on the (n)ever stimulating North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival (What next ? A festival of sitting down with a nice cup of tea and a biscuit?)Ē
Having suffered two tea-less weeks in the states I would have been the first in the queue at such a festival. In fact the more I thought about it the more it seemed like a good idea, (possibly an effect of tannin withdrawal) Perhaps you should call his bluff and organize something.
|Nicey replies: Fiona,
This Mr Grenby seems to be a bit unbalanced, even if he does appear to be aware of our work. Quite apart from all the lovely treats from Lancashire to feast upon, and the glorious walking to be had in Exmoor, the idea of a large organised event celebrating tea, biscuits and sit downs seems perfectly sensible. In fact the Queen has one each summer, although I don't think anybody is allowed to sit down.
Tunnocks Tea Cake Review
Recently, I have noticed a hell of alot of talk about Tunnocks Teacakes on your site, and, so, I thought I should put in my two cents (or pence, depending on how continental/american you're feeling).
I don't get them. Marshmallow and biscuit has never appealed to me, Wagon Wheels make me want to throw up, and the marshmallow in teacakes is all gooey and icky. Maybe they're just not for me, but with everyone saying how great they were, I felt I needed to say something. I can't the only person who doesn't like them.
|Nicey replies: Kate,
You're only playing into their hands. Look now there is another email up on the site about mallow based biscuits. Has anybody noticed the wonderful picture based review links I wonder?
I have just been looking back at the archived polls and I saw the results on the poll on Decaffeinated tea. May I please register my outrage on the selfishness and unfeeling response from the very people I felt I had a genuine affinity with. I have been recently diagnosed with a heart problem and so have had to give up caffeine and so decaf tea has been a lifesaver for me as I cannot even think about going out of the door without polishing off at least two cups of tea with my toast in the morning.
How could the ncotaasd.com readership be so heartless? It is bad enough that I have basically had to say goodbye to a decent cup of Earl Grey without taking my PG Decaf away from me too!
|Nicey replies: Do stop blubbing Ms Stynes-Webb, it wasn't us who voted but our readership at large. Anyhow, my caffeine watershed is 6pm beyond that a cup of proper tea will stop me sleeping. If there is important tea or cake sampling to done beyond this hour as is sometimes the case then Wifey will make me a cup of PG Tips decaf. Of course she complains slightly, but it serves a purpose, other than that I try and make sure I get a proper cuppa at 5:30pm.
Tunnocks Tea Cake Review
Iíd like to share how my partner takes his tea because in the tea drinking world it takes all sorts and I think diversity should be celebrated.† He has one enormous, pint-sized mug on the go all day.† He will start the mug off about half an hour after waking up, and use 3 tea bags and skimmed milk.† This will be topped up through the day with further bags, hot water and milk. The key to his tea enjoyment however, is to leave all the bags in so that at the end of the day there are about 7 in the bottom of the enormous mug.† I can also tell you that he is a very happy soul.
Right then, being a high-powered lawyer in a very high profile PLC kind of organisation, Iím off now to brew up and grab a Tunnocks Tea Cake (see my previous post) and try that put-a-hole-on-either-side-of-the-teacake-and-blow-a-marshmallow-fountain trick so highly recommended by one of your previous correspondents.
|Nicey replies: Bit of a hoarder by the sounds of it, whilst celebrating it, I would watch for signs of this developing into a full blown mental condition.
Is this the start of a worrying trend?
I'm talking about the Twinings Stephen Fry adverts currently on TV, in which Stephen cheerfully extols to us the virtues of a tea that 'you can drink all day everyday'. Until I witnessed the ad, I'd have considered myself able to drink any tea all day every day, but now I'm not so sure. Reading between the lines, Stephen seems to be gently alluding to the existence of some type of mysterious tea fatigue. Having been in the business for so long, I trust Twinings have done their research on this matter, so if they know something that we don't I'd certainly appreciate being told what it is.
All the best
|Nicey replies: Very insightful Theo, yes it does also imply that you can't drink their other teas everyday. Also if the new stuff needs to be drunk all every day, then there will be no tea drinking bandwidth left to drink their other stuff. Have they really thought it through I wonder?