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Winter 2022 – A Good Book and A Cup of Tea

“The first cup moistens the throat;
The second shatters all feelings of solitude;
The third cup cleans digestion;
The fourth induces perspiration;
With the fifth cup, the body sharpens, crisp;
And the sixth cup leads to heaven;
The seventh cup sits steaming… it needn’t be drunk
From head to feet one rises to the abode of the immortals.”


-Lu Tong, 795 - 835 CE


(read the full article on page 46 of our Winter Quarterly)



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Darjeeling's Royal Flush - Wine Spectator

Upton's tea procurer Nicole Patterson, 31,selects standout lots from hundreds of samples every year. Patterson developed a passion for tea while working at the now-closed Tealuxe in Harvard Square; five years ago, she transferred her expertise to Upton. She was planning to visit the Darjeeling district of India in March 2020 until the COVID-19 pandemic intervened, forcing her to cancel the trip. At press time, the country’s tea production was shut down due to the pandemic, meaning that first flush Darjeeling may be hard to come by for the foreseeable future. Click Here to read the rest of the article.

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