Thursday Tea: October 22 (The Big Six)

Thursday Tea Thursday Tea is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. To play along, all you need is some tea, a book, and the answers to these questions: what tea are you drinking (and do you like it)? What book are you reading (and do you like it)? Tell us a little about your tea and your book, and whether or not the two go together.

A little bit late, but not as horribly late as I’ve been before!

The tea: Today I’m drinking a tea I’ve never tried before, called Queen’s Breakfast. It’s kind of…bad. I’m not a big fan of Darjeeling or English Breakfast (or Earl Grey), and Queen’s Breakfast tastes a lot like them, so I think this was a bad choice for me.

Here’s a bit more about it if you’re curious (from

This blend of Ceylon and Darjeeling black teas was made especially in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. It is a perfect breakfast tea, combining the floral aromas of Darjeeling with the richness and strength of Ceylon. It can be taken with milk, lemon or savoured on its own.

It is thought that the blending of teas specifically for breakfast originated in Edinburgh in the 19th century. A tea merchant by the name of Drysdale had a small shop in the Old Town and sold a tea simply called “breakfast”. There are now many blends of breakfast tea but the Queen’s tea is certainly one of the most genteel.

Big Six smallThe book: I’m actually nearly done (I think I’ve gotten faster at reading– I can put away 100-ish pages an hour, now; more if I concentrate really hard. Yay!), but my book for today is The Big Six, the ninth book in the Swallows and Amazons series. The Coot Club is back, along with Dick and Dorothea, and it’s wonderful. Not as much exploring/playacting as in other books, but there’s a mystery and I love mysteries with children as the detectives.

Also Mr Ransome has stopped putting in excessive ellipsises, finally, so it’s a pleasant read all around. Here’s a summary for you curious people:

In this (more or less) sequel to the adventures of Coot Club, Arthur Ransome returns once more to his beloved Norfolk Broads where trouble is again brewing for Joe, Bill, and Pete, the three boatbuilders’ sons who (more or less) live full-time aboard the Death and Glory and the three Coots, Tom, Dorothea and Dick. The problem seems to be that boats are constantly being set adrift, and all the evidence points squarely at the three Death and Glories. In a clever bit of detective work, and with some help from a sophisticated photographic trap, the Big Six manage to exonerate themselves and catch the villains.

Do they go together? Not particularly. I still don’t know what kind of tea they drink in the S&A series, but I think it must taste better than mine.

What are you drinking/reading this Thursday?

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0 thoughts on “Thursday Tea: October 22 (The Big Six)”

  1. Right now I am drinking….Earl Grey 🙂 Which I love, so I would probably like Queen’s Breakfast.

    If I had a book in front of me right now, it would be 1984.

    Would they go well together? Well, Earl Grey is kind of serious, no frills tea. 1984 is pretty serious, too. So yes, I would say they’d go well together.

    1. I have no idea why I dislike Earl Grey/English Breakfast so much. I can really only drink them if they’re blended and made into an iced tea (which my mom does). I like Irish Breakfast! It’s weird.

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