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||Yes, I remember Mazawatee (spelling?) tea in my Nottinghamshire childhood 6 miles from Lincolnshire, in the 1940s. The cannisters bore an artistic painting, which I seem to recall was of a mother and child, but I could be wrong. For some childhood reason, I associated the faces with Maori people of New Zealand.|
We had two framed prints on a bedroom wall which I assumed must have been a pre-WWII offer from the same company. Again, I could be wrong.
The tea was still available in the early 1960s when I lived in Kitwe, Zambia, but I haven't seen it since then. Perhaps a Google search might reveal more.
I hope this woolly set of vague memories is useful.
|Nicey replies: Cheers Brian,
I think you have this one solved. A quick Google search turned up this
I am asking for you thoughts on de-caf tea and its quality against normal tea. how much caffeine is in tea in comparison with coffee? Also is lemon tea any good - is it better in a bag or leaves?
|Nicey replies: Usually we drink PG, but we are trying Typhoo for change although the Wife's not keen. I liked the Gnu in the old adverts.|
Abbey Crunch Review
Delighted to discover your lovely website, and particularly thrilled at the lead status you give to the Abbey Crunch. The Abbey Crunch truly is the prince of bicuits, the most perfect eating experience and an unequaled accompaniment to a cup of tea. It is simply impossible to eat just one and, whilst never having had a wedding morning of my own, I completely empathise with your correspondent's whole-packet-eating experience. The only way to put down a packet of Abbey Crunch is empty. So important has this biscuit been in my life as friend, confidante and sugar-rush that I think of it more as the Abbey Crutch than Crunch.
More power to your elbow, and I look forward to spending more time on your website. Must run now, though - got to top up the pot.
||Dear Mr N|
I'm originally from Lincolnshire and my Mum used to talk about "money" on the top of her cup of tea. She was something of a "teaaholic" and probalby drank more tea than Tony Benn. (Unfortunately, the preserving qualities of this brew did not work for her and she died aged 60.)
When the tea was a bit weak she would pull a face and say "That tastes like mazza water" or that's how it sounded to my untutored ear. I spent most of my formative years hearing her say this and not really giving it a thought to what it meant or where it came from. A few years after she died I visited the Robert Opie Museum (also known as the Museum of Advertising and Packaging I think) in Gloucester and there, to my amazement, was a very ornate tin with the words "Mazawattie Tea" printed on the side. It was a brand of tea and one, judging by my Mum's comments, that was more sawdust than tea leaf. Does anyone have any background info on this brand?
Great website. Regards to the missus.
Abbey Crunch Review
|Abbey Crunch happens to be the favourite biscuit of both myself and my beloved, but for some unknown reason we cannot seem to buy them in any of the major supermarkets in the area in which we live ( Herts& Essex Border). You can imagine our delight however two years ago when we walked into a small shop in a little village in Ibiza and saw a shelf full of our favourites, we managed to get seventeen packets in our cases to bring home.|
Earlier this year we were in Benidorm and went into a small shop near our hotel and discovered that they also sold Abbey Crunch needless to say but we stocked up again. Faced with the prospect of having to wait until the next time we went abroad to stock up you can understand the wonderful glow we felt when we discovered them in a Unwins off licence just round the corner from where we live, we can cancel moving to Spain for the time being. If anyone else can tell us of outlets where we might be able to purchase the biscuits I would be very grateful.
|Nicey replies: Oh yes all very valid stuff that. Finding Abbey Crunch is never easy, you have to look in unlikely places. I find petrol stations are useful.|