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Fall 2021 – Robert Fortune, The Botanical Explorer who changed the Tea World, Part II

As the light faded on a clear autumn day in early November 1848, Robert Fortune first gazed upon the steep slopes of the “far-famed” Sung-lo-shan (Sung-lo Mountain). Cloaked by a misty layer of clouds, its intense beauty evoked the sense that he had just stepped into a painter’s landscape. (read the full article on page 48 of our Fall 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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