Fort Garry Tea

Tales and Treasures from the rich legacy of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Written by Beverley Tallon

March 8, 2011

A cold winter day and a hot cup of tea — a comforting combination promoted by Hudson’s Bay Company, importers of tea since 1713.

“Guaranteed to be superior in quality to any other packaged tea selling at fifty cents a pound,” reads a 1933 advertisement.

HBC’s India and Ceylon orange pekoe tea with the brand name “Fort Garry” was said to be a full-flavoured blend enjoyed by both urban dwellers and those in more remote areas of the country.

This article originally appeared in the December 2010-January 2011 issue of The Beaver.

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