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Indian Tea

India is the second largest producer of tea in the world after China, and the world's largest tea-drinking nation. Popular Indian teas include rich and hearty Assam, aromatic and floral Darjeeling, and smooth and clean Nilgiri.

Each of these Indian loose tea varieties is named for the unique region where it is harvested, ranging from high arid mountains to lush tropical jungles. Our Indian tea leaves are sourced from the finest estates.

Our loose leaf Indian teas are sourced from the finest estates. Both conventional and organic loose leaf teas are available.

USDA Organic Assam GFOP organic loose leaf tea
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This Assam selection produces a dark cup with a full flavor profile. Notes of cocoa and a delicate caramel hint complement a sweet and toasty aroma for an enjoyable cup.

This tea is the perfect choice to enjoy with a spoonful of our Tupelo Honey.

TA07 |
$0.11/cup
Assam loose leaf black tea
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A whole-leaf Assam with golden tips (young leaf buds). Characteristic maltiness and complex flavor. This is our most popular Assam tea.

TA40 |
$0.15/cup
USDA Organic loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Rich and full-bodied, this 2020 organic second flush offering has a pronounced honey sweetness that enhances its complex flavor profile. Nutty/toasty hints complement notes of muscatel and stone fruit in the dark copper cup, leading to a silky smooth finish. This tea is a great choice for those who enjoy a splash of milk in their Darjeeling tea.

TD75 |
$0.28/cup
loose leaf tippy orthodox darjeeling tea
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An exceptional golden tip Darjeeling blend. We first introduced this tea in 1990 and it continues to be our most popular Darjeeling.

This tea is the perfect choice to enjoy with a spoonful of our Wildflower Honey.

TD50 |
$0.18/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Harvested on February 26, 2021, this superlative first flush offering is the very first plucking of the 2021 season at the Rohini Estate, located in the Kurseong valley of Darjeeling district. The exquisite leaves display full leaf sets, crowned with downy silver tips. Accented by notes of honey and corn silk, the sweet aroma evokes the freshness of early spring. The delicate amber-gold cup is buttery smooth with classic floral notes, complemented by light vegetal hints. A lively crisp quality lingers in the finish, completing an unparalleled tea experience.

With the introduction of this special tea, Upton Tea Imports is proud to continue our tradition of being the first US tea company to offer the very first harvest from the first flush Darjeeling season of 2021.

TD166 |
$2.67/cup
USDA Organic loose leaf Dooars black tea
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Located in the Dooars region at the southern edge of Darjeeling district, the Nuxalbari Estate is a tea garden dedicated to the safety of Asian elephants and their environments. This organic English Breakfast-style black tea exhibits a fresh aroma with hints of light malt and a whisper of creamy biscuit. The dark amber cup is lively yet smooth, with toasty notes that are complemented by a rich toffee sweetness and malty nuance. The finish is crisp and lingering.

EFT2 |
$0.56/cup
USDA Organic Assam organic loose leaf black tea
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A blend of choice CTC-grade Assam teas, with the typical malty and flavorful taste profile. A perfect choice for those seeking a strong morning cup.

TA15 |
$0.13/cup
Darjeeling loose leaf black tea
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From its inviting aroma to its rich, full-bodied cup, this blend of premium Darjeeling teas has many fine points to consider. Fruity notes join toasty/nutty hints in the dark amber liquor. The finish lingers with a gentle astringency. An excellent choice for an everyday Darjeeling.

TD60 |
$0.27/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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In this 2020 Assam offering from one of our favorite tea estates, a complex aroma reveals fragrant layers of malt, spice and a hint of sweet almond. The dark amber-copper cup is lively with sweet malty notes that temper a pleasantly crisp character. A fleeting whisper of stone fruit emerges in the finish.

TA129 |
$0.97/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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With a rich, floral flavor and pronounced buttery mouth feel, this 2021 first flush offering, from Margaret’s Hope Estate, offers outstanding cup quality. The amber-gold liquor is fragrant with fresh corn silk notes warmed by a gentle hint of toastiness. A honey sweetness leads to a clean finish that lingers with a classic “crisp Darjeeling bite.”

TD176 |
$1.01/cup
loose leaf darjeeling bop tea
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The best value in Darjeeling tea. Broken-leaf Darjeeling is often overlooked, either because the price is so reasonable or because too much value is placed on a more stylish leaf. This flavorful BOP blend offers a great cup at a very attractive price.

TD06 |
$0.24/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Named after a river that flows through the tea garden, the Balasun Estate has been producing premium teas for 150 years. In this 2021 first flush Darjeeling, a light pungency adds a lively aspect to the sweet, floral fragrance. Rich notes of flowers and honey, accented by warm toasty hints, are supported by a buttery smooth mouth feel in the golden amber cup. The finish lingers on a crisp, clean note.

TD178 |
$1.52/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Harvested on March 4th, 2021, this superior selection is the second plucking of the 2021 first flush season at the Upper division of Namring Estate, one of the oldest tea gardens in Darjeeling district. Ultra-bold leaves, in shades of olive green accented with silver tips, produce a pale amber-gold cup, fragrant with hints of tropical fruit. A smooth buttery mouth feel complements pronounced floral notes and hints of corn silk, enfolded in a rich honey sweetness that lingers long into the finish.

TD167 |
$2.80/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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Located in the upper plains of Assam, the Halmari Estate has been producing top quality teas for over 85 years. This 2020 offering follows that tradition with its smooth, bright character and sweet toasty/nutty aroma. The well-balanced cup boasts a thick, cocoa-like mouth feel paired with a black cherry sweetness. This tea makes a fine self-drinker, which can accommodate milk, if desired.

TA128 |
$0.60/cup
Assam loose leaf black tea
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A uniform, broken-leaf tea with bold character and strong, malty flavor. This tea is a great choice for breakfast and throughout the day.

TA20 |
$0.15/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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From the 2020 season at Doomni Estate, this classic top-shelf Assam displays a stunning leaf appearance with an abundance of downy golden tips. With its eye-opening fragrance redolent of malt and toffee, the dark copper cup hits the palate with a bracing intensity and thick, robust mouth feel. Notes of cocoa, malt and spice weave together to create a rich and warming flavor profile that lingers long into the finish. A superlative tea experience.

TA147 |
$1.39/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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An eye-opening liveliness leads the way for rich notes of malt, oak and Burgundy, sweetened by nuances of caramel and amaretto, in this 2021 Assam selection. The full-bodied, ruby-copper cup is fragrant with an inviting maltiness and a fleeting whisper of rose. The finish is smooth and lingering. Add a splash of milk to enhance this tea’s rich qualities.

TA149 |
$0.37/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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An inviting floral fragrance introduces this 2021 first flush selection from the Arya Estate, which has been producing premium Darjeeling teas for over 100 years. The amber gold cup is lively and bursting with mouth-filling complexity. Notes of sweet flowers, buttery corn silk, juicy tropical fruit and creamy almond create a rich harmony of well-balanced flavor that lingers long into the crisp finish.

TD172 |
$1.27/cup
loose leaf Assam white tea
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This rare Assam Silver Tips tea is exclusively downy, silver-white tea tea buds. The pale golden cup offers a toasty aroma with gentle hints of fruit and corn silk. The buttery smooth mouth feel supports a complex flavor profile with ripe fruit hints, suggestive of melon and apricot. A fleeting whisper of Assam maltiness lingers in the sweet finish. A must try for white tea aficionados.

TA137 |
$3.38/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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With its great value and rich, full-bodied character, this 2020 second flush Darjeeling blend is the perfect choice for your everyday cup. The bold, dark brown leaves produce a dark amber liquor with a pronounced toasty aroma, fragrant with ripe fruity hints. A silky smooth mouth feel complements a tropical fruit sweetness that lingers into the finish.

TDB6 |
$0.32/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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An abundance of downy golden tips provides a striking contrast to the dark brown leaves in this 2020 Assam selection. The toasty aroma is complex with hints of malt, warm cocoa and red wine. The deep copper cup is bright and lively, introducing layers of Burgundy and malt that are complemented by a suggestion of spice in the crisp, lingering finish.

TA136 |
$0.45/cup
Seasons Pick Mangalam Estate FOP (2020) Assam
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The bold, dark-brown leaves of this 2020 Assam offering produce a deep ruby-copper liquor, thick and rich, with a light malty aroma. Toasty/woody nuances complement hints of malt and cocoa in the smooth flavor. The lively finish lingers with a whisper of spice. A great value for your everyday cup.

TA138 |
$0.17/cup
Nahorhabi Estate Assam Black Tea Leaves 2020
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A complement of golden tips adorns the dark-brown leaves of this 2020 broken-leaf Assam tea selection from one of our favorite estates. A sweet toasty/malty aroma heralds a complex flavor with hints of cocoa and malt wrapped in a caramel sweetness. While the thick, rich mouth feel accommodates a splash of milk, this Assam loose leaf tea is a great self-drinker. An invigorating quality, enhanced by a whisper of dried cherries, lingers long into the finish.

TA126 |
$0.38/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling green tea
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Located high in the Himalayas at an elevation of 5,000 feet, the Arya Estate has been producing premium teas for over 100 years. This emerald tea selection offers a fragrant vegetal aroma with hints of stone fruit. The amber-gold cup is smooth yet lively with pronounced notes of apricot complemented by a honey sweetness. The finish is crisp and lingering. A great choice for those looking for a loose leaf green Darjeeling tea with less vegetal flavor.

TDG2 |
$0.40/cup
USDA Organic Organic Darjeeling Tea Leaves Sungma Estate 2020
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The bold, olive-brown leaves of this 2020 organic first flush selection yield a golden-amber liquor redolent with a sweet floral aroma. The buttery smooth cup displays a classic first flush profile with rich floral notes wrapped in a tropical fruit sweetness. A gentle toastiness leads to a crisp, clean finish.

TD136 |
$0.61/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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Sprinkled with golden tips, the bold, dark brown leaves of this 2020 Assam selection produce a hearty, complex cup, redolent with a rich maltiness. Rich notes of cocoa are supported by hints of malt and a stone fruit sweetness in the dark amber-copper liquor. A whisper of spice may be found in the lingering finish. A staff favorite.

TA125 |
$0.26/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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The well-twisted, dark brown leaves of this 2021 Assam offering produce a dark copper liquor fragrant with pronounced malty notes, a toffee sweetness and hints of dried cherry. The hearty cup exhibits a rich complexity with crisp highlights spotlighting notes of malt and carob. As the tea cools, stone fruit notes bloom and linger in the dry finish.

TA148 |
$0.56/cup
loose leaf white tea pearls
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Darjeeling white tea leaves are expertly rolled into medium pearl shapes, which produce a pale-gold liquor with a sweet tropical fruit aroma. A buttery smooth mouth feel and gentle character pair well with a pronounced nectar-like sweetness that lingers long into the finish. Each 'moondrop' pearl weighs approximately 3-4 grams and is perfect for multiple steepings.

TD142 |
$2.25/cup
USDA Organic loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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The light amber-gold liquor of this 2020 organic first flush Darjeeling offers a lively cup with a sweet aroma. Notes of dried stone fruit, honey and almond are interwoven with a whisper of spice, creating a complex flavor profile that is a joy to sip. A burst of tropical fruit sweetness lingers in the finish.

TD135 |
$0.65/cup
Assam loose leaf black tea
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A bold CTC style tea with rich flavor. The dark liquor will readily take milk. Especially suited as a bracing morning tea.

TA27 |
$0.11/cup
loose leaf 2020 first flush darjeeling tea
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This 2020 first flush Darjeeling blend has a sweet fragrance that hints of flowers and honey. Those classic hints spill over into the golden-amber cup, complementing the silky smooth mouth feel. The finish lingers on a clean, crisp note. An excellent cup at a great value.

TDB4 |
$0.44/cup
USDA Organic Sungma Estate Second Flush (2020 DJ-101) Organic Darjeeling Oolong
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In this 2020 second flush Darjeeling Oolong selection, very bold, dark brown leaves yield a smooth, mellow cup with a rich toasty aroma that hints of muscatel. A pronounced honey sweetness blooms in the dark amber liquor, wrapping around ripe fruity notes that linger into the finish.

TD152 |
$0.70/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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The finely particled leaves of this 2020 Assam selection display an attractive, tippy appearance. The dark copper cup is robust yet smooth, with a rich character enhanced by pronounced malty and cocoa notes. Nuances of spice linger in the zesty finish. This is a great value for a quality cup with exceptional flavor.

TA131 |
$0.13/cup
Assam Golden Tips Loose Leaf Black Tea
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This exquisite golden-tipped Assam offering boasts vibrant aromatics and a coterie of rich flavors in the ruby-copper cup. Notes of malt, toffee, spice and cocoa reveal themselves more fully as the tea cools. A smooth yet lively mouth feel awakens the palate and lingers long into the finish.

TA145 |
$3.75/cup
USDA Organic Liza Hill Estate First Flush SFTGFOP1 (2020 DJ-3) Organic Darjeeling
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With a pronounced flavor of tropical fruit dipped in honey, this outstanding 2020 first flush selection offers a smooth, refreshing cup. The light amber-gold liquor features a sweet vegetal fragrance with hints of pineapple.

TD132 |
$1.47/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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In this 2020 selection from the Mangalam Estate, a sprinkling of downy golden tips threads through the dark brown leaves, producing a strong, rich cup with a sweet, malty fragrance hinting of carob. The deep copper liquor reveals pronounced malty flavor with a chocolate thickness and dark sugar sweetness. A pleasant astringency plays at the edges of the palate, leading to a smooth, lingering finish.

TA134 |
$0.38/cup
USDA Organic Nilgiri loose leaf organic black tea
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A whole-leaf Nilgiri with vibrant aromatics, a sweet cup, and a gentle, crisp bite. Smooth yet very flavorful with medium body. Enjoyable plain or with milk.

TN68 |
$0.18/cup
Decaffeinated Assam loose leaf black tea
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Restock available in late summer
Whole-leaf or broken-leaf Assam (depending on availability), decaffeinated with pure carbon dioxide.

TXA9 |
$0.26/cup
Broken Orange Black Pekoe Tea Loose
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Located in southern India, Nilgiri produces teas similar to those of Ceylon, yet with a distinctive character. This British-style Nilgiri black tea produces a flavorful cup that is excellent with milk.

TN10 |
$0.09/cup
loose leaf doomni estate tippy assam tea
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An abundance of beautiful golden tips accents the chunky leaf style of this 2019 broken-leaf offering. The dark ruby-amber cup is very aromatic with rich malty/toasty notes and a whisper of cocoa. The mouth feel is thick yet smooth with a complex malty flavor well balanced with dried stone fruit hints and honey notes that bloom as the tea cools. The bright, crisp finish lingers.

TA116 |
$0.59/cup
USDA Organic loose leaf flavored Dooars black tea
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Located in the Dooars region at the southern edge of Darjeeling district, the Nuxalbari Estate is a tea garden dedicated to the safety of Asian elephants and their environments. A bright citrus/bergamot aroma introduces this organic Earl Grey selection. In the dark amber cup, lively bergamot notes are complemented by a thick rounded mouth feel and the bold flavor of the premium black tea base. Hints of lemon, cedar and flowers lead to a crisp, lingering finish.

EFT3 |
$0.56/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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With elevations ranging over 6,000 feet, the Thurbo Estate has been producing premium Darjeeling teas for over a century. In this 2021 first flush offering, silver tips decorate attractive leaves in a colorful display of olive greens. A rich toasty aroma introduces an amber-gold cup with an assertive character that enhances its full, lively mouth feel. Fresh floral/herbaceous notes and a honey sweetness are complemented by notes of stone fruit, which lend a gentle crispness to the lingering finish.

TD177 |
$1.50/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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First planted at the turn of the 20th century, the south-facing tea slopes of the Jungpana Estate are located in a remote area near Kurseong, where the average elevation is 4,000 feet. This 2021 first flush offering displays dark olive leaves that are laced with a fine complement of downy silver tips. A sweet tropical fruit aroma sets the stage for the buttery smooth, amber gold cup. Rich notes of honey and spring flowers are complemented by a refreshing astringency that settles around the edges of the palate. A honey sweetness tempers the crisp, lingering finish.

TD173 |
$1.41/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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In this 2021 first flush offering from Singbulli Estate, bold, well-made leaves in variegated tones of olive-green, sprinkled with silver tips, steep a golden amber liquor with a vibrant aroma hinting of sweet flowers and buttery corn silk. The cup is rich and smooth with a delectable honeyed floral flavor that fills your mouth upon first sip. The finish lingers with a crisp “bite.”

TD179 |
$1.52/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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A thick, eye-opening character distinguishes this 2020 broken-leaf offering. Starting with a toasty/malty aroma, the flavor unfolds to reveal layers of rich malt, cocoa, honey and dry red wine, complemented by a lively, lingering finish.

TA141 |
$0.25/cup
loose leaf black tea
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A tin (approx 35g) each of the following: TP12: Premium China Keemun, TD50: No.1 Tippy Orthodox GFOP Darjeeling, ZY51: China Yunnan TGFOP, and TB51: East Frisian BOP Assam Tea. Representative of a wide range of fine black teas.

Please note that Sampler Sets cannot be personalized.

SM30 |
$24.50
USDA Organic Organic Darjeeling Tea Leaves Singbulli Estate 2020
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Originally established in 1924 by British planters, the Singbulli Estate spreads across rolling hills in the Mirik area of Darjeeling. This exceptional 2020 organic first flush selection infuses a light amber-gold liquor redolent with a pronounced floral bouquet. This classic floral character predominates in the cup as well, accented by a clover honey sweetness and whisper of tropical fruit. The finish is smooth and lingering.

TD133 |
$1.72/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Harvested on March 13th, the bold, attractive leaves of Balasun Estate’s very first 2021 plucking are sprinkled with a fair complement of silvery tips. The fresh aroma is delicate, with honeyed floral hints. The amber-gold cup is exceptional, with rich floral notes enhanced by a silky smooth mouth feel. A tropical fruit sweetness leads to a crisp, lingering finish.

TD170 |
$2.05/cup
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