Request: Substitution advice for Fortnum and Mason Royal Blend

Hi,
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 vendors.
So I was wondering, does anybody have a recommendation for a replacement for F&M Royal Blend Tea?
Thank you in advance!
Jennifer
Reply to
Jennifer Smith

You might want to try Dean & Deluca, Myers of Keswick, or simply order direct from Fortnums. They all have an online presence.
Reply to
Tea
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.
Warren
Reply to
Warren C. Liebold

Grrr... I went to Myers a few weeks ago but didn't take a good look at the tea section.
I think that may be either Bloomies or Saks- actually I think it's Saks. They had F&M chocolates at holiday time.
Reply to
Tea
Hi all,
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 should try?
Jennifer
Reply to
Jennifer Smith

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
Reply to
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.
Warren
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Warren C. Liebold

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