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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    I also love the chinese 'brick' teas.
    That is a vast subject. With sometimes vast prices, both for the tea and for the teapots.

    You can get the disc-shaped compressed Pu'er they call 茶餅 cha bing and also black teas more strongly compressed into rectangular bricks, a process that goes back hundreds of years.

    Many Chinese teas are like fine wines, you can only appreciate the nuances with lots of practice and I don't get much Chinese tea these days. Also the process to make a cup of tea can be complex. Not in the way of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, which is first and foremost about the ceremony, the different Chinese teas require different equipment simply to make a good cup of tea.

    I rather like the green, high mountain teas from Taiwan. Very fragrant, when prepared by someone who knows what they are doing, which is someone other than myself.

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    Tea is a homosexuals drink.

    Especially those who have it with milk and sugar.


    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    I rather like the green, high mountain teas from Taiwan
    Show me a man who has experimented with oriental tea and I'll show you a man whose had nearly as much cock as Tomcat

    Only joshing mate. Reminds me, I need to get some green tea and go on another health kick.

    I might try some Japanese Matcha powder.

    After I've finished experimenting with cheese



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    Blimey, I've not seen a knife like that since 1975 at my granny's place in Aston.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Tea is a homosexuals drink.

    Especially those who have it with milk and sugar.
    No sugar for me darling, I'm sweet enough already.

    When the SAS boys are coming down Pen-y-fan and regrouping at the tea urn, choose your words carefully.


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    Much ado about teapots on the opening page.

    KGBGF used to make tea in a pot. I enjoyed the ceremony of the whole thing and the solemnity and elegance of the pouring.

    But lets keep it real fellas. This is a bollocks out blokes' tea-bagging thread and there is no place for ladies' fussy tea pots in here.

    Next on my holy grail quest is to check in on the Miles West Country, but Chitty's Yorkshire Proper Strong has the nose in front for now.

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    ^ Miles West Country tea is now high on my list to try.

    I'd imagine that coming from the West Country it will be a strong, trustworthy tea, full of flavour and hung like a horse!


    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Tea is a homosexuals drink.
    Better to do manly things instead like plaiting hair!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    Much ado about teapots on the opening page.

    KGBGF used to make tea in a pot. I enjoyed the ceremony of the whole thing and the solemnity and elegance of the pouring.

    But lets keep it real fellas. This is a bollocks out blokes' tea-bagging thread and there is no place for ladies' fussy tea pots in here.

    Next on my holy grail quest is to check in on the Miles West Country, but Chitty's Yorkshire Proper Strong has the nose in front for now.
    Miles have a 'two cup' teabag of their Original Blend. Same tea as the one cup version but each tea bag has about 35% more tea. So you'd get a proper builder's brew. That is on my list to try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    Miles have a 'two cup' teabag of their Original Blend.
    I thought all tea bags were of the two cup kind, I always get two cups out of mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    Miles have a 'two cup' teabag of their Original Blend. Same tea as the one cup version but each tea bag has about 35% more tea. So you'd get a proper builder's brew
    Here it is...

    A nice cup of tea-5ced41ec69e4a-wco-1100-two-cup-2019-a


    1100 West Country Original Two Cup tea bags

    Weighing in at a hefty 3.09g per bag. Still slightly less than Barry's 3.125gpb but then there might be a difference in the grade of teabag paper to be factored in.

    They are not shy about asking for a commitment and presuming you will be loving their tea by offering it in packs of 1100 bags

    Will this confidence be borne out in the taste test? Only time will tell.

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    Nothing goes better with a nice cup of tea than a choccy digestive.

    And nothing can ruin a day faster than one's chocolate digestive collapsing under its own soggy weight after being dunked in the hot tea.

    All you see is the digestive plopping back into the tea to be submerged beneath the waves while a tiny triangle corner of still dry biscuit remains firmly between your finger and thumb and the remains lie in wait beneath the surface to be rediscovered once you are halfway down the mug as sloppy debris sloshing around.

    But fear not. The engineering challenge that has faced the humble choccy digestive for decades has finally been solved...

    Behold the Caramel choccy digestive....

    A nice cup of tea-img_20201004_003917-jpg

    Those cunning biscuit engineers at McVities have used the latest cutting edge laser technology to splice a layer of caramel in between the chocolate and the biscuit to give us the miracle that is the chocolate caramel digestive.

    Upon dunking, the biscuit is suitable soggified and the chocolate melts to perfection. But the caramel layer only softens slighty and provides ample rigidity for the task in hand of getting choccy biccy to mouth with less than a 0.0000562% chance of structural failure.

    This is a revolution in chocolate biscuit engineering and worthy of the nobel peace prize.


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    ^ Only a madman would dunk a chocolate biscuit in tea... people have been deported for lesser crimes.

    Oh... hang on...

    Chocolate biscuits in coffee maybe... but a plain digestive in tea, or maybe a custard cream at the very most. If 'biscuit collapse' is a persistent problem then just practice... simple as that.

    During my brief break in the UK last month I only had time to visit one shop... and no Miles Tea... not sure I've ever seen it in a normal shop?

    But I did manage to pick up two packs of Yorkshire... not started it yet as I'm still on my PG Tips.

    But by my reckoning, if I can't get home soon at least I'll be OK for 320 days at one cup of tea a day, a whole year including my PG Tips.

    Not sure if that makes me feel better or worse...


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    I've got some mulberry leaf tea. Not bad for a green tea.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Only a madman would dunk a chocolate biscuit in tea... people have been deported for lesser crimes.
    Indeed.

    The standard dunking biscuit in the Troy household is shortcake biscuits

    A nice cup of tea-walkers-shortbread-circle-png

    The round or rectangular ones (which I can't find any longer) were affectionately known as "drains" since they resemble the street drain covers.

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    Dunking is for small children and toothless old retirees. Even then, the only biscuits that should ever be dunked are plain Rich Tea or plain Digestives.

    The multitude of TD members that partake in this habit without qualifying, is frankly disgusting.

    Worse than heroin junkies if you ask me.

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    ^ I guess you missed Loopers thread where he "improved" Scotch single-malts by adding honey to them..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Chocolate biscuits in coffee maybe... but a plain digestive in tea, or maybe a custard cream at the very most.
    Oh dear. I think we have a clash of cultures here more profound than anything the Islamic world can throw at us.

    Dunking in coffee is criminal. Coffee is a drink to be drunk ultra strong macchiato style and savoured every drop. Never to be soaked into a biscotti.



    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    If 'biscuit collapse' is a persistent problem then just practice... simple as that.
    At your suggestion I have been practising tonight with a packet of milk choccy digestives.

    A nice cup of tea-img_20201004_214824-jpg


    I managed not to drop any in the slop but I always felt a bit trepidatious like I was living on the edge by the seat of my pants dunking for only 2.5 seconds and whisking to my mouth AFAP.

    With the caramel digestives you can just relax and dunk for the full 5 seconds and plop it in your mouth at your leisure

    A real tea connoisseur will be able to recognise that teabag just from the form broaching the surface*

    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    ^ I guess you missed Loopers thread where he "improved" Scotch single-malts by adding honey to them..
    I have moved on to brandies now Lom and my most recent victim was a bottle of Remy Martin VSOP

    *Yes it was a PG Tips

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    ^ And I was going to say PG Tips as well!

    I can't believe you leave the teabag in while you drink your tea... dunking chocolate biscuits is the least of your problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I can't believe you leave the teabag in while you drink your tea...
    Don't knock it till you've tried it sir.

    This is master-teabagging - advanced skill level.

    The teabag has to be in the water for 3 minutes minimum anyway so you have to leave it in for a while.

    But if you leave it in permanently then the second half of the cup outshines the first half by a country west mile.

    The tea gets super strong as you get down to the bottom.

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