THE FIRST GREAT TEA COMPANY
Once the most famous tea company in England, the name Mazawattee is the stuff of legend! From its head office in 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 to the early 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 GOLDEN TIP
Ceylon tea sales had reached lofty heights by the end of the 19th Century and by 1898, Mazawattee was the largest brand in the world. In just one single auction, Mazawattee paid over £63,147 in tea duty, no doubt Her Majesty's Customs would have been delighted with a cheque worth over £7 million today!
A NAME TO REMEMBER
If you've ever wondered 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 Tea would have caused something of a stir. Our entrepreneurial founders certainly knew how to get people talking and we're proud to use this iconic nod to the past on our packs today!
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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 and see where the historic Mazawattee warehouse once stood and held the many Mazawattee treasure chests of tea.
THE NEXT GENERATION
For many, the nostalgic image of the 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 delicious magic.
A BLEND OF HISTORY AND PASSION
Today, Mazawattee is proudly owned by a family company, who were captivated by the rich story of the brand and whose passion for tea has seen them travel the world, working with Fairtrade growers and the Rainforest Alliance to track down fine teas worthy of the Mazawattee name.
EVERY CUP TELLS A STORY
Like the founders, we wanted to capture the luscious taste and aroma of the most verdant tea gardens. So, whether you fancy our classic English Breakfast, zesty Earl Grey or refreshing Green tea, 'The Cup that Cheers' will bring you a delicious taste of the past. So, hurry up and put the kettle on, we've all been waiting a very long time for a delicious cup of Mazawattee Tea!