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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
(88 reviews)
90 / 100

Sencha Yabukita Organic

Style: Green Tea – Region: Kagoshima, Japan
Oct. 22nd, 2020

This sencha does not taste or smell like anything else that I can think of. It is complex and nutty, with some broth, toasted rice, and lychee in the flavor and aroma. It is mostly lacking the sharp, capsicum/grass flavor common to inexpensive green teas. It is not a bargain, but I think it is a worthwhile purchase ...

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JGS1122
(81 reviews)
85 / 100
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Golden Kenya GFBOP/TGFOP

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya
Oct. 18th, 2020

I was surprised by this tea. Once again, I think some teas grown outside of 'traditional' can have an usual taste. I have had tea from Kenya before and it was a bit of a disappointment. This tea turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. Nice aroma, for has a very slight hint of fruit. The liquor is a beautiful deep ho...

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Trailesque
(88 reviews)
75 / 100

Upton Organic Tamaryokucha

Style: Green Tea – Region: Japan
Oct. 16th, 2020

Every once in a while, this low income dude likes to have a taste of what the rich imbibe. In this case, rich Japanese, probably. At the princely price of around $14 per ounce, this just might be the most expensive tea I have ever tried. And my predictable reaction is that it is not worth that kind of money, but it ...

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70 / 100

A green tea from Korea that has some lightly smoky, earthy bite to it. It is robust but does not cross the line into nastiness, and sells for a reasonable price. I would gladly pick this up again.

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50 / 100

Upton Vietnamese White Tea

Style: White Tea – Region: Vietnam
Oct. 1st, 2020

This expensive white tea from Vietnam offers little that is new imo. It is very mild, with a pleasant white peach taste. The aroma is its most impressive feature, and it made me think of fruit salad, flowers, and woods. The second infusion was more flavorful than the first. A white tea enthusiast might find somethi...

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