It seems to be near impossible to buy Fortnum and Mason loose tea in
the US unless you buy through their commerce site.
The price is higher than buying through Baltimore Tea and other
So I was wondering, does anybody have a recommendation for a
replacement for F&M Royal Blend Tea?
Thank you in advance!
I don't think Myers of Keswick carries it.
A friend was told by the folks at McNulty's (Manhattan) that they can no
longer (or at least for the moment) get F&M teas.
Our limited research is that F&M may be developing a retailed relationship
with an upscale department store(s) in the US.
My friend is using it as an excuse for a new trip to the UK.
I went to Myers a few weeks ago but didn't take a good look at the tea
I think that may be either Bloomies or Saks- actually I think it's Saks.
They had F&M chocolates at holiday time.
Thanks for your responses.
I apologize for the lack of clarity.
I wondered if anybody had any recommendations for a different brand to
substitute for Fortnum and Mason Royal Blend.
A tea they thought would be an adequate substitution until the next
time I am able to travel across the pond.
For example, Baltimore Tea recommends Ahmad tea, I tried some, it was
okay, but no cigar.
Would anybody else have any other brand substitution recommendations I
Its worth remembering that Twinings blend and pack all Fortnum and
Mason's teas. They are both companies owned by the giant ($8 billion)
Associated British Foods Group that also includes British Sugar
Corporation. I believe that Sam Twining (ninth generation of the tea
Twinings) is a director of Fortnum and Mason.
As surmised in this thread, withdrawal of F&M brand from US
distribution is very likely to herald a marketing tie with a prestige
US retail outlet.
Nigel at Teacraft
I understood your question, Jennifer, I just didn't have a reply about a
substitute. I too, would like to find an alternative. I have two blends
that I drink: F&M Royal Blend and Yorkshire Gold.
I expect that I'll buy it through F&M's website if worst comes to worst, but
I also would love to hear about an alternative blend.
I must say, I don't understand F&M's thinking on this. I don't know how
extensive their retail distribution system in the US is now (the only place
I knew to find their teas was McNulty's - NYC) but limiting yourself to Saks
or Bloomingdales only makes sense if your existing network is even more
limited than theirs, or you think you'll sell more through those stores,
which I expect you might around Christmastime.