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Lincoln Review
Nicey replies: A bit of good news on the Lincoln front, despite McVities discontinuing them we have just spotted Jacob's Lincolns in Ireland. The Jacob's Lincoln's I've had in the past have been very nice indeed and are a little bit more golden than the pale McVities ones were.

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Lincoln Review
Nicey replies: Hullo Lizzie Scammell,

You are as far as I'm aware the first person to actually give this matter some/any consideration so well done. It's certainly a good go at a new SI unit for biscuit to moon type measurements. Most SI units seemed to named after pioneers in the field such as the volt or watt, so maybe it should be the tunnock or some thing.

As for Lincoln biscuits, biscuit enthusiast Mandy (Mrs B) says that her mum used to bring her a cup of tea in bed with a Lincoln when she was growing up too. So perhaps you two are dopplegangers


Joan Ward
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Lincoln Review
Nicey replies: Hello Joan,

Well those are two very distinctive features yo mention. From time to time people mention a shortcake style biscuit with a raised pattern of square ridges on and I recall these too. However these were round, very much like a retooled Lincoln.

Perhaps some of our readers recall your biscuit.


Sarah-E
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Lincoln Review
Nicey replies: Yes the noble Lincolns are on their way out, although still listed on McVities web site as current product. It was announced last year that they would be discontinued in Spring 2007.

The demise of the Lincoln can be attributed to the River Eden in Cumbria, and Tescos and the others. The river burst its banks back in January 2005 and flooded United Biscuits historic factory in Carlisle causing biscuit manufacturing havoc. Many biscuits suffered including the Gingernut, Bourbon and Morning Coffee. It wasn't clear for a long time if the factory would actually fully repoen, or whether UB would take this as an opportunity to relocate.

By the time the Lincoln was back in production many large supermarkets had assumed it had gone for good and taken it out of their scheme of things. This is the kiss of death it would seem for most UB biscuits, which seem unable to survive unless they are serving a huge market place. Having said that we stopped close to Carlisle on our way to Ireland a few weeks back and in a local Spar bought a pack of Crawfords Fig Rolls. I have never seen these in a major UK supermarket and yet UB manage to keep making them without the patronage of Mr Tesco.

As for your cream filled Malted Milks they sound very useful. Fox's acquired Elkes biscuits in Uttoxeter some years ago who seem to specialise in Malted Milks and Custard Creams so I wouldn't mind betting they emanate from there.