drank Calm Chamomile by Pickwick
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The bag I had stated Best Before 04 APR 2021, drank nearly 8 months beyond that. No issue with the taste whatsoever. I actually quite like this one. There’s less of the obvious hay-and-apple floral chamomile taste and more of a soothing herbaceous quality.

Martin Bednář

How uncommon to see Pickwick here…

derk

This is a European brand? The lone bag must have come from a hotel my aunt stayed at, somewhere.

Martin Bednář

I guess so. Most of them are from the Netherlands.
And apparently, based on their history page, indeed they are from this country.

It started in 1753 when Douwe Egberts was founded. Pickwick brand was founded in 1937 when they were searching for more English-like name. Wife of the director came up with this name as she was reading The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens in that time.

derk

Ah, thank you. Makes sense now – I think she was on a Dutch Caribbean island sometime this year.

Martin Bednář

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Martin Bednář

How uncommon to see Pickwick here…

derk

This is a European brand? The lone bag must have come from a hotel my aunt stayed at, somewhere.

Martin Bednář

I guess so. Most of them are from the Netherlands.
And apparently, based on their history page, indeed they are from this country.

It started in 1753 when Douwe Egberts was founded. Pickwick brand was founded in 1937 when they were searching for more English-like name. Wife of the director came up with this name as she was reading The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens in that time.

derk

Ah, thank you. Makes sense now – I think she was on a Dutch Caribbean island sometime this year.

Martin Bednář

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