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Summer, 2014: Tea Pots and The Weather

A Note to Our Valued Customers

May 30, 2014

In the last issue of the Upton Tea Quarterly, we discussed our plan to introduce a series of porcelain teapots that would accept the ChatsfordTM strainer baskets. In that issue we stated, We expect to introduce the new porcelain product in May, and will feature it in the next issue of the Upton Tea Quarterly.

While production of the two-cup and six-cup versions is complete, we do not expect the shipment to arrive at our warehouse until early July. Please stay tuned.

Once again, severe weather conditions were experienced throughout northern India at the worst possible time for the first flush season. In late April, the Times of India, as well as Calcutta’s Telegraph and The Economic Times, all featured articles with comparable estimates of low rainfall for northern India:

  • down 37% overall in Darjeeling
  • down 25% in lower Assam
  • down 49% in upper Assam

According to the Times of India, Rajah Banerjee of Makaibari Estate said, there has hardly been any rain here since December 29 [2013]. The situation is so bad that we have got just 25% of the last year’s first flush tea production.

Conditions have improved to some degree in May, and we have managed to secure an adequate stock of first flush Darjeeling teas. The top quality Assam teas will be coming to market in the weeks ahead, and we anticipate serious competition for these select teas. We will have more details shortly!

Happy tea drinking!

... Tom and The Staff at Upton Tea Imports

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