A novel way to signal strong tea, its being so solid that it can support a mouse’s weight.  The more common version of the same idea has the tea ‘so strong you could stand a spoon up in it’.

For another tea-related simile, less innocuous, see Mervyn Peake’s Titus Groan.

‘Tea… was so strong you could trot a mouse on it.’ 

 

Source: Laurie Lee, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, Penguin 1971, p.29

Photo credit: IsraelBest at pixabay

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