Cutty Sark was launched in November 1869, the very month that the Suez Canal was
completed. When Captain Moodie sailed her to China for the arrival of the new seasonís
teas, he discovered what every other captain in the fleet of Tea Clippers would soon
discover. The era of the Great Tea Race had passed from sail to steam. The first tea to reach
London that year would be transported via the Suez Canal, which was impossible for the
Tea Clippers to navigate. The owners and captains of these fine sailing ships retained their
competitive spirit, however, even as the tea trade was transformed.
"Upton Tea Imports was founded in 1989 with the objective of providing the North American tea drinker with
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."