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Upton's Favorites

We’re passionate about tea and love every opportunity to share that passion with our customers. Below is a list of our favorite teas, along with our cupping notes and a little bit about ourselves and our tea experiences. Enjoy!

Since the early 70s, I have always loved to drink breakfast style teas with milk, no sugar. When I first came to Upton Tea in 1995 and started to discover the depth and variety of fine loose leaf tea, I found myself drawn to the teas I could drink plain - the refined Darjeelings, the spicy Oolongs, the clean greens and the delicate whites. I still enjoy a rich black tea for breakfast most of the time and then move on to lighter bodied teas for the rest of the day. I do love the taste of tea but it is the aroma that I find uplifting and inspiring!

Tindharia Estate First Flush FTGFOP1 (EX-1) Organic Darjeeling
TD01: From the leaf style to the aroma to the flavor, this is one of the best first flush Darjeelings I’ve tasted and, as many who know me, first flush Darjeelings are my favorite group of teas. The fragrance is so fresh with that classic first flush floral quality. The cup is very smooth and sweet. Yum!

Colombian Wiry Green Tea Organic
TSA3: My current favorite green tea, this tea is lovely with a silky smooth mouth feel. Hints of cocoa and honey complement a light fruitiness. There’s no vegetal flavor at all so it’s a great choice for tea lovers looking for a green tea with less of that quality.

New Zealand Oolong
TZ01: All I can say is wow, wow and wow! With its aromatic floral character, this tea amazed me at first sip! This was my first time enjoying a cup of tea that was grown in New Zealand and I look forward to drinking many more cups. Outstanding.

I confess to starting out with strong coffee from the time I was old enough to drink it. The occasional cuppa served well as a comfort beverage. It was not until 2002 and at the insistence of converted family members that I began to make the transition to loose tea. Made easier, I suspect, by the aid of some good Pu-Ehr and Assam teas. Today I still favor the strong cups but have vastly expanded my range thanks to the education I've received over the years from fellow staff members and Upton customers.

Somerset Estate BOP Ceylon
TC57: The richness and velvet smoothness of this cup make it my favorite morning cup. The complex range of the aroma and flavor notes evoke fond memories of my amazing visit to Sri Lanka.

Gen-Mai Cha
TJ21: I enjoy the warm toastiness that the brown rice adds to the smooth Sencha base. It is the perfect tea to follow a meal.

Milk Oolong
ZO11: I love everything about the balance of floral, sweet and buttery notes in this amazingly fragrant cup. It is an especially important addition to my tea cupboard during the colder months when I need a touch of Spring.

My budding adoration for tea started when I ran a café in my late teens and early 20s. Joining Upton Tea I realized the world of tea was endless. From the Himalayas to the tea fields of Japan to the gardens of Sri Lanka and beyond, there is so much to try and learn. You can taste the terroir in the steeped leaves and I find the aromas to be enthralling. The hard work and dedication it takes to create each and every kind of tea is amazes me. To me a cup of tea is a cup of joy.
Sharing tea is probably my favorite part of my job. We see thousands of samples a year, each one of our teas is handpicked to share with the world. My go-to is usually China tea, you can’t go wrong with dark, earthy Yunnan or sweet, smooth Yin Zhen white tea. I also enjoy a nice floral Taiwanese oolong to brighten my day. My main focus at Upton is to bring you the best teas the world has to offer and continue the tea journey.
“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

Yunnan Black Dragon Pearls
ZY75: Large, dark brown leaves have been carefully rolled into uniform pearl shapes to create this unique offering from Yunnan province. Both the dry pearls and the infused liquor are fragrant with the scent of chocolate, hinting of its delicious flavor. The golden-amber cup is rich and earthy with notes of sweet cocoa and hints of stone fruit. The finish is smooth and lingering.

China Oolong Choicest Organic
ZO92: From the Huangshan mountains in southern Anhui province, this organic offering is crafted in the style of an Oriental Beauty (Bai Hao) Oolong. The amber cup is velvety smooth with a pronounced honey note in both the aroma and flavor. The honey sweetness accentuates flavor notes of stone fruit and a lingering hint of flowers.

Organic White Silver Needle
ZW90: This special production is composed entirely of unopened leaf buds. The cup has a delicate, sweet aroma. The light liquor is refreshing with a sweet hint and and a lightly nutty/fruity finish. An outstanding organic white tea.