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Spring 2021 – Pu-Erh Tea: Yunnan’s Ancient Treasure

The mist-shrouded “tea mountains” of China’s Yunnan province are an epicenter for tea production in southern China. Surrounded by rice terraces, rivers, and gorges, their forests’ canopies shelter the delicate leaves of tall tea trees, some of which are hundreds of years old. Tea terraces comprising neat rows of meticulously maintained Camellia sinensis bushes are arranged in ascending broad steps cut into steep hillsides. During the harvest season, hundreds of thousands of leaves and buds are picked here each day. While many types of tea are grown in Yunnan, perhaps the most iconic and unique is Pu-Erh tea, an ancient, unique and culturally significant beverage with an incredible history, grown nowhere else in the world. (read the full article on page 48 of our Spring 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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