I became interested in loose-leaf tea in 2008 during a family trip to London. A cup of tea each afternoon was a welcome break from dodging raindrops and an overly ambitious sightseeing schedule. I find it remarkable that tea can offer such a diverse array of sensory experiences. As someone who had an interest in history from an early age I love how tea is quite literally steeped in it.
Since discovering Upton Tea, I've come to appreciate an amazing variety of teas from around the world. I still enjoy robust Assams and breakfast blends. However, I now tend to enjoy warming up with a peppery Yunnan, taking a break with a brisk Ceylon, or relaxing with a nice cup of oolong, which can run the gamut from woody to fruity to floral depending on how the tea is processed after plucking.
My Mom's before bedtime favorite! Can't argue with Mom. A great chamomile based blend with citrusy nuances from the lemongrass and orange blossoms. Plus its really forgiving to brew and takes a nice long 8 minute infusion like a champ!
A wonderful honey like sweetness and maple notes in the cup make this a fine example of a low grown Ceylon from the Galle area in southern Sri-Lanka. I steeped this tea for 5 minutes in boiling water which gives it a pleasingly brisk finish. An excellent value.
I especially like how the fruity notes and pineapple nuances in this Darjeeling mingle with a pleasing evergreen pungency. A great choice for those who like a rich fruity 2nd Flush Darjeeling with a distinctive lingering finish. Yummy!
A wonderful Sencha, from Spring 2014 (reviewed on 8/27/14), with refreshing seagrass and spinach notes in the cup. I like to brew this one a little shorter then the recommended 3 minutes to get a perfect lustrous yellow-green infusion.
This superb Keemun has notes of red wine and bittersweet cocoa in the cup. Xiang luo translates as "fragrant snail" which aptly describes how the dry leaf is curled and rolled into impressive little spirals. I found this tea striking for its wonderfully rich flavor, captivating smoothness, and lingering finish. Highly recommended and a true treat for any Keemun lover.
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the finest teas available. We purchase teas from reputable brokers and estates worldwide, dealing only with
sources who are capable of providing top quality teas. We sell directly to the consumer, thus ensuring the
freshest product and fairest pricing."