Lost Tea Brands: James McLaren & Sons of Edinburgh

by Scottish Tea on June 23, 2014

Like many tea companies in history, James McLaren & Sons is no longer around.  James McLaren & Sons were located at 42 Albany St in Edinburgh.  Here is a label for James McLaren & Sons Foochong China & Darjeeling Blend.  McLaren & Sons advertised themselves as blenders of grand old Chinia Teas since the reign of George III.

Mock up of two labels for Foochong Darjeeling blend Tea

Thanks to Edinburgh City of Print for the image. You can see more of their work in Flickr.

See Print Ad from 18th Century Melrose Tea Company

by Scottish Tea on June 16, 2014

In the book Brief Notice of the Tea Plant, Together withe Some Account of Coffee, Sugar, Rice, Tapioca, Sago and Several of the Spices, Collected From The Shop Bills of Andrew Melrose & Co Edinburgh you can read a print ad from grocer and tea dealer Andrew Melrose Co, which was the founder of Melrose Tea.

Lost Tea Brands: Holyrood Tea

June 10, 2014

All this summer, we have been reviewing tea companies that have been lost to history.    Today, Holyrood Tea. Thanks to Edinburgh City of Print for the image. You can see more of their work in Flickr.

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Lost Tea Brands: John Gray & Co of Edinburgh

May 26, 2014

History has left records of many tea companies who are no longer in existence.  Occasionally, we like to review tea companies of the past.  John Gray & Co was a tea dealer located at 32 Albany St in Edinburgh.  Here, you can see a lable for 1 pound of Gray’s Super Quality Tea. Thanks to […]

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Lost Tea Brands: MacLeods of Edinburgh

May 14, 2014

Throughout history, many tea companies have started and ended.  Periodically, we like to review tea companies of the past.  Below, is an a label for Early Morn Tea from William MacLeod & Company.  MacLeod’s was located at 53 York Place in Edinburgh. Thanks to Edinburgh City of Print for the image. You can see more […]

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A Letter from William Melrose to His Father William

May 5, 2014

William Melrose was the son of Andrew Melrose, who founded Melrose Tea in Scotland in the 1800s.  From about 1842 to 1857 he lived in China as a tea taster and dealer.  The many letters he wrote to his father is the subject of several books.  Here is a selection from the book A Scottish […]

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Recipe for Famous Edinburgh Iced Tea

April 21, 2014

It is going to start getting hot and you will see start seeing several recipes for iced teas. But what about something different. How about a recipe for iced tea using Brodies Famous Edinburgh Tea. Ingredients: 4 Brodies Famous Edinburgh Tea Bags (or you can use loose tea if you prefer) 2 cups boiled water […]

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How Profitable was the Tea Business in the 1800s?

April 14, 2014

Andrew Melros, the founder of Melrose Tea, operated a grocery store and was a tea dealer in Edinburgh, Scotland in the 1800s.   So, how profitable was this  business at the time?  In 1816, he had weekly sales of approximately £475.  (From the book “Feeding the Victorian City”).

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Commercial for the New Scottish Blend Box

April 7, 2014

Over the years, the design of the box of Scottish Blend has changed. Here is a commercial promoting one of the most recent boxes. Thanks to Simon Mallinson of MTP for the commercial. You can see more of their work on their YouTube channel.

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Great Scottish Tea Sign

March 24, 2014

Another classic Scottish Tea sign. Thanks to Edinburgh City of Print for the image. You can see more of their work in Flickr.

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