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Since one of our staff found your site last month, things have not really been the same in our office.
You will be happy to hear that we have instituted a regular mid-afternoon nice cup oftea and sit down in line with the time honoured custom and can't begin to imagine what we did without it.
Anyway, this week during our weekly midweek 'biscuit head to head' Ihad a biscuit paradigm shift. Our clash of the Titans pitted the Abernethy with a Fox's Crunch Cream. Although not like against like, we felt these two formidable biscuits would pose a dilemma for even the most assured biscuit palate. I expected quite a close call.
The Abernethy wiped the floor with the crunch in a unanimous vote, with many respondents citing deeply held personaland historical reasons for chosing the 'Nethy'. Coming as we do from North East Scotland, perhaps there were sociological factors at play?
This led me to consider how we might hold our biscuit head to heads in a more empirical and ojective manner in the future, judging them on biscuit quality alone and eliminating the more subjective elements involved in the vote. Have you any wise words on this subject Nicey? Perhaps taking the more subjective elements away from our judgements reduces biscuits to a set of competencies? What to do?!
|Nicey replies: Well that's a very interesting. When it comes to biscuits of course all opinions are valid no matter what they are based upon, taste, texture, presentation, stature or personal reasons. Some biscuits are worthy of our respect even if we don't like them, whilst others deserve to be taken down a peg or two.
Of course the advantage to gained by setting your objectivity to one side is a willingness to try new and stimulating biscuits. I have had to learn to do this myself in order to review many of the exotic biscuits you'll find here. Occasionally it pays off and you find something that can enrich your tea and sit downs.
So I would say simply try and keep an open mind, and having thought about all the various aspects of the biscuit in depth, then simply switch off and munch down two or three with your cuppa and see if you like them.
|Gordon J. Lowe
Well, this biscuit is one of my friend's favourite biscuits. I used to pop down on a Saturday evening to his and his girlfriend's house for a NCOTAASD and the Abernethys came out. We knew we were rocking then. A mug of tea, an Abernathy and Red Hot Chili Peppers on the stereo and the threat of work in the morning was forgotten. Great!
Anyway, I just wanted to say they are really good dunking biscuits, albeit fragile. More than second dunk would be foolhardy. Don't say I haven't warned you.
Gordon J. Lowe
|Nicey replies: Hurrah for Abernethy biscuits. I like the way the holes in them are sort of oval rather than round, like lots of little navels probably.
I feel it is my solemn duty to point out to you that Simmers do indeed make many more biscuits than the humble Abernethy (note spelling).
They are responsible for some rather good coconut biscuits and the frankly disgusting butter biscuit, which is like a huge rich tea with no added sugar. My particular favourite is the mini oatcake with cheese (a cracker I know, but worthy of a mention) which they seem to have stopped making. The range is vast and could give you many more hours of reviewing pleasure.
I know this because I worked in the Hatton factory (not Edinburgh -rural Aberdeenshire) when I was a student. The equivalent of a biscuit lover's holiday, my days involved rubbing bits of shortbread together to take off the sharp edges (probably to avoid lawsuits from Americans who slice their tongues off on them) and feeding little gypsy cream type biscuits into a machine that stuck them together. My rent was paid in bargain, slightly misshapen biscuits that year. Halcyon days...
Unfortunately I have heard rumours that the factory could be closing. What is to become of the Abernethy then?
By the way. We here in the capital city of the EU love your website and we promise not to do anything that will make it conform to a European standard....
Keep up the good work,
|Nicey replies: Dear Mr K Info
Thank you for putting me right on my dodgy spelling, and for revealing the other biscuits made by Simmers, I have made amendments as appropriate.
Maybe via the power of the interweb we can create a mini sales boom for the Abernethy that will give them a boost.
Glad to hear that we can remain gloriously non-standard, that's what we like.