A GREAT BRITISH TEA COMPANY
Once upon a time the most famous tea company in England, the name Mazawattee is the stuff of legend! From its office, warehouses and vaults on Tower Hill, it soared above the streets of London and flew the flag for fine quality tea. A simple beverage that stirred our passion and helped to make us a nation of tea lovers!
A LITTLE TASTE OF HISTORY
Its humble beginnings can be traced back as early as the 1850s when John Boon Densham, a chemist, started selling loose teas from India and China. Tea was highly regarded for its restorative benefits and 'the cup that cheers, but does not inebriate' was very fashionable amongst Victorian tea drinkers.
A NAME TO REMEMBER
If you're wondering where the name Mazawattee was plucked from, it's an exotic blend of the Hindi word 'Maza' meaning pleasure and the Sinhalese word 'Wattee' meaning garden. It proved a very popular choice and a name that is as magical as it is memorable.
TEA TO STOP TRAFFIC!
In a carriage drawn by zebras, it's safe to say the arrival of Mazawattee's exotic teas would have caused something of a delicious stir. Our entrepreneurial founders certainly knew how to get passers-by smiling, and we're proud to use this iconic nod to the past on our packs today!
By 1898, Mazawattee became the largest brand in the world. As well as tea, Mazawattee also produced chocolate, spices and cakes and its souvenirs have become sought after collectors items today. Mazawattee often paid unprecedented sums in tea duty and turned these record-breaking duties into advertising campaigns. Mazawattee signs could be seen on nearly every railway platform across the country. Mazawattee eventually became the most important and advertised tea firms in England for 50 years.
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The Blitz and the rationing of the Second World War hit Mazawattee hard; sadly, the Tower Hill facilities and the Mazawattee factory at New Cross were bombed and obliterated. Today, the visitors to the Tower of London can visit Tower Hill Terrace to see where the historic Mazawattee warehouse once stood and can enter the Tower Vaults which held the many Mazawattee treasure chests of tea.
THE NEXT GENERATION
For many, the nostalgic image of the iconic grandmother sipping tea with her granddaughter was nothing but a reminder of times gone by. But for true tea lovers, the time was right to bring back Mazawattee, so the next generation can rediscover a little of its magic.
A BLEND OF HISTORY AND PASSION
We are a family company who have been captivated by the rich and fascinating history of this iconic British tea company. Our passion for tea has led us to travel the world, collaborating with Fairtrade growers and the Rainforest Alliance to track down the finest leaves worthy of the Mazawattee name. Just like our founders, we have captured the luscious taste and aroma of the most verdant tea gardens, so you can savour 'The Cup that Cheers'.
EVERY CUP TELLS A STORY
We love our tea drinkers and never compromise on quality and taste. We understand the value of a good cup of tea, so whether you fancy our Perfect Everyday black tea, classic English breakfast, zesty Earl Grey or refreshing green tea, 'The Cup that Cheers' will bring you a delicious cup of tea every time. So put the kettle on, we've all been waiting a very long time for a cup of Mazawattee Tea!