Every once in a while I get my knickers in a twist. (panties in a wad, colonial translation)
Yesterday my Russian friend proudly announces “ When I live in Russia this tea was my favorite, not in the Tea Bag ,but in Russia we just buy this type of tea, is loose not in bag. But I think this is good, is from London.” Ceylon Tea / Black tea
Anatoly left a tea bag in an individual airtight wrapper. After a bit I looked at the bag “AHMAD TEA London” If it looks like a Duck, Walks like a Duck, Talks like a Duck, chances are it is a Duck. The packaging (picture), company name, street address just did not fit. Check out the company web site .. Ye Olde England dripping off very page, yet it seemed to be a pastiche that failed to convince (me) So I dig a little deeper. It’s NOT English actually !!! This veritable tea company is an Iranian, Internet “Fred in a shed” based in Tabriz.
Poke around the NET and you find:
Import and Export of Tea products in Iran and East Azarbaijan in Tabriz. We purchase and distribute Black Tea in Tabriz city. Managin: Ahmadi
Business Role: Importer Business Type: Distributor/Wholesaler
Business Status: Corporation/LLC Years In Business: 16 to 20
Number of Employees: 6 to 10 Number of Offices: 1 to 5
My observations are that this is a deliberate effort to: market and sell by deception and mislead the buying public.