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Upton Tea Imports


Web: www.uptontea.com
Phone (800) 234-8327
Last Updated: Apr. 12, 2018

About Upton Tea Imports

Upton Tea Imports is a loose-leaf tea company, founded in 1989, and headquartered in Holliston, MA. Upton originally was located nearby in Hopkinton, MA. Upton is the tea company that inspired the creation of RateTea; Alex Zorach started ordering teas from Upton and created RateTea as a tool to keep track of teas they were drinking.

Upton mostly sells single-origin teas, and often sells ones in limited batches; their catalogue changes frequently. Their offerings include many organic teas, certified by Baystate Organic Certifiers, as well as a few fair trade certified teas. Many of their organic teas are comparable in price to corresponding non-organic counterparts. In addition to tea, Upton also sells a few teapots and tea-related accessories.

Upton publishes the Upton Tea Quarterly, a mail-order catalog and newsletter which also contains educational and historical information about tea. Past editions of the Upton Tea Quarterly are available on Upton's website, going back through 2006. An incomplete archive going back to 1998 can be found on archive.org.

In order to ensure freshness, Upton tea packages tea only when it is ordered, marks the date of packing, and personalizes the labels on each package of tea ordered.

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Trailesque
(95 reviews)
40 / 100
Picture of Formosa Oolong Spring Dragon

Are my taste buds missing something here? This is an expensive oolong, and Alex Z. gave it a good review. But it really did not do much for me, sorry to say. There is a little floral aroma, and it tasted light and fairly simple. Nothing to get excited over. Maybe I did not get a good bag of it for some reason or o...

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75 / 100
Picture of Singbulli Estate Second Flush (2020 EX-38) Organic Darjeeling SFTGFOP1 (TD148)

Part of Upton's Great Tea Race Collection, this Darjeeling crosses the finish line with a fine aroma and impressive flavor. There are notes of caramel, fresh leaves, and mild tannins. It is very expensive however - it costs 3 times the price of an ordinary Darjeeling, but does not offer 3 times the quality imo. Nice...

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75 / 100
Picture of Griffin's Wharf Afternoon Blend

Here is a blend of China Congou and Lapsang Souchong that works out quite well. The LS is the dominant flavor, with the other tea smoothing and mellowing the taste a bit. It goes well with plant milk. I thought the price was a little high for this type of tea, but I would reach for it again if I was in the mood for a...

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80 / 100
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Finest Russian Caravan

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: Blend
Feb. 4th, 2021

This blend of Indian, Chinese, and Taiwanese teas has a very good aroma imo - toasty and woody, with a little caramel and butterscotch. The flavor is reasonably robust but not heavy, with a dash of metallic tannins. I had it with milk, and tried it with lemon and sugar too. That also worked out well, and which is un...

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Heather J.
(41 reviews)
91 / 100
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White Tea Cake

Style: White Tea – Region: China
Jan. 25th, 2021

The first thing I notice about this tea is the very comforting aroma it has. It smells and tastes sort of like freshly baked bread. It is a very smooth and easy to drink tea while still being very flavorful and interesting. It's thick bodied and it is not astringent at all which I really like.

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