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Winter 2021 - Chai piyo mast jiyo! Drink tea, live carefree!

Chai piyo mast jiyo!, which translates to Drink tea, live carefree!, is a slogan proposed by the Tea Board of India to promote the joys of tea as the common man’s drink. We know it is so much more than that. After all, India is the second largest producer of tea in the world, and it holds the fourth slot for world tea export. This means that more than half of the tea produced there is consumed domestically. Grown throughout the country, tea is the national drink of India. In this issue of the Upton Tea Quarterly, the four major tea growing areas of India will be showcased — Assam, Darjeeling, Nilgiri and Dooars. Join us on a tea adventure and read about the most famous tea producing regions in India. (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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