Advert for the Mazawatte Ceylon Tea Company
Medium: Print on paper
The Mazawattee Tea Company was established in 1860 by four brothers, the sons of John Boon Densham. The company was named by the youngest brother John Lane. It is a corruption of the Hindu word "Mazathe", meaning luscious, joined with the Singhalese word "Wattee", meaning garden or growth.
Ceylon Tea was introduced to Britain in October 1878. The Lanes added the word to their tradename to ensure that customers would know they could buy this new tea from them.