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Winter 2020 – “Boston Harbor a teapot this night!”

Tea has been woven into the fabric of history for millennia, being at the center of exploration and trade as well as the cause of war. By the time the French and Indian war ended in America in 1763, the British Crown had amassed a huge debt. They reasoned that the American colonies should contribute towards payment of that debt as the war was fought on and for their land. A series of taxes were issued on a number of commodities the colonists used in daily life – molasses, wine, fabric, paper for printing, glass, lead, paint and tea. (read the full article on page 48 of our Winter catalog)



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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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