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Tea, good quality black "Indian" tea.

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by rosievoice, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    Hello, I wonder if anyone can help me in my quest. I have tried websites, specialist tea shops, etc, to no avail. I am trying to trace a supplier of tea I last bought about 20 years ago from Selfridges in London. (Back when their food hall used to stock absolutely everything) I bought it during a celebration of all things Indian the store was holding.
    The tea is called Maknam Superior Tea, loose-leaf, black, Indian, not scented or flavoured with strange additions. It was truly wonderful, and I am trying to track down a supplier for my brother, who is a fellow tea addict.
    Failing that, anyone know a stockist of Luaka Ceylon Tea? De-caff or full leaded. Thank you for your help.




     
  2. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    Hello, I wonder if anyone can help me in my quest. I have tried websites, specialist tea shops, etc, to no avail. I am trying to trace a supplier of tea I last bought about 20 years ago from Selfridges in London. (Back when their food hall used to stock absolutely everything) I bought it during a celebration of all things Indian the store was holding.
    The tea is called Maknam Superior Tea, loose-leaf, black, Indian, not scented or flavoured with strange additions. It was truly wonderful, and I am trying to track down a supplier for my brother, who is a fellow tea addict.
    Failing that, anyone know a stockist of Luaka Ceylon Tea? De-caff or full leaded. Thank you for your help.




     
  3. Shifter

    Shifter New commenter

  4. nick909

    nick909 Lead commenter

    You could try here:
    http://www.imperialteas.co.uk/
    It's on Steep Hill in Lincoln if you're passing.
    You might also want to pop into The Whisky Shop, further up the hill, if that's your thing [​IMG]
     
  5. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    Dear Shifter and Nick909
    Thank you for the links. They don't stock the exact brand of teas I am after, but I think I may just have to sample their products anyway, as both shops sound good.
    I don't care much for whisky, but Mr RV is a fan of single malts, so he can climb further up the hill and have some fun. Thanks.

    P.S. He recommends the Rothschilds' wine shop at Waddesden Manor, if you find yourself near Aylesbury. Me? I prefer tea.
     
  6. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    Celticqueen, I love you. Thank you!
     
  7. My pleasure.
    Sorry, google seems to draw a complete blank on the Maknam [​IMG]
     
  8. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    Dear CQ, I know. It was the best tea I have ever tasted - it made you want to purr like a cat in a clump of catnip. The nearest connection I can find to Maknam is McLeod and Russel who are probably the largest tea producers in the world, but have drawn a blank discovering if it's still being marketed under that name. Darn.Thanks.
     
  9. I have tried all the German tea speciality sites too and drawn a blank.
    But it might be worth going into a "proper" tea shop and asking if the stuff is still sold under that name?
    If you now google Maknam Superior Tea, btw - you are the first google hit!
     
  10. modelmaker

    modelmaker Occasional commenter

    I have no idea if this is a clue http://www.britishcolonist.ca/tc/1909/05/28/19090528007.pdf as I couldn't read the text online but you could download it and zoom in. I tried typing Macknam into google.
    The google text said "Macnam'ara's'Burlesque ..... INDIAN TEA , I.lb.Blue tin ... .. .... $i.OO ' . . 3lb : Gold Label.V.41): . \ .,. 5lb, Gold Label :' <- . . . :,. .'.; -.. ' . ...
     
  11. MM - that is a newspaper clipping from 1909 [​IMG]
     
  12. modelmaker

    modelmaker Occasional commenter

    It's a posible link in the chain. Might be a red herring, who knows... Murders have been detected from even worse clues.
     
  13. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    Thank you for trying German sites, CQ, I have just googled up Maknam: I have achieved fame at last in my dotage! Darnit, I want this tea more than ever, now.
     
  14. http://www.teacaddy.czi.cz/Maknam.html
    http://www.takeovercode.com/case_laws_detail.php?caselaw_id=474
    http://www.indiainfoline.com/Markets/Company/Background/Company-Profile/Williamson-Financial-Services-Ltd/519214
    So now you know you can buy the tins; the sale/takeover of the company made case law; the tea estates were sold, new owners only wanted the banking side; Maknam's tea is historical! You know who bought the tea bushes!! Possibilities??

    That was fun!
     
  15. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    Dear Sherlock Pobble,
    You are wonderful, well done and thank you. The World of Tea Caddy site is run by a Czech chappie who has made it his hobby to buy and post photographs of his tea caddies. Bless. He breaks down the stats every way you can think of, but the tea inside is not for sale. (I suspect he doesn't even open the tins!)
    The caddy site has a link to a relative who collects and photographs napkins from around the world, called, wait for it, World of Napkins. I guess there isn't much on the telly, so you have to do something of an evening in Czechoslovakia......
    I'll get in contact with Williamson Magor and see if Maknam tea is still produced but under a different name. Thank you for the sleuthing, I'm glad it was fun!!


     
  16. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    PS We must do this again some time....
     
  17. OK! Sadly Google is my only friend....
     

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