|Everyone knows the Digestive is probably the "Omega Man" of the biscuit world. But I think there is one biscuit that has been condemned to the kindergarten rusty biscuit tin and forgotten in the mists of childhood.
The Rich Tea
Respectively known as the "coaster biscuit", this bland disc has been related with the British tea drinking culture. Being British myself I know these biscuits hold a significant status symbol on this little island. Hence every one is meant to like them.
The good crunchy texture and smooth surface makes for harder eating than you'd expect, wile the simple sky blue wrapper is easy on the eyes and doesn't look out of place sitting on the living room table. It has been known for Rich Teas to appear in red packaging, but I guess this was stopped as British sales plummeted.
The smell of the biscuit is also very pleasing. Most biscuit makers forget the third sense and usually forget the second bite is make with the nose. I guess they impregnated the Rich Tea with tea smell to aid the marketing plan.
Reminiscent of the Digestive, the Rich Tea has the tiny drainage holes and embossed lettering. I personally like this link to the Digestive. Its like eating a Digestive, but with half the sweetness and twice the workout on the jaw. Crunchiness is a very good feature of this biscuit and really makes it a good chomp.
For some reason I feel I can get through no more than three at a time. I guess theirs something about them that stops you at that number.
But a word of warning, these are not soakers!! Even though the name has "Tea" in it, never ever leave it in the tea. This is the major downfall of the Rich Tea. When put into a brew for more than 4 seconds the biscuit melts and has to be dredged out after the tea drinking. If you are going to dunk, only dunk. In, out, In mouth, eat, done. If you like this sludge, go nuts. But in Britain this action is frowned upon and is most embarrassing when all you have left in your hand is half a biscuit, the rest sitting at the bottom of your cup!