Here at The Happy Snail, we are proud to use fine, premium teas from Upton Tea Imports in Holliston, MA. They were kind enough to allow us to use their descriptions as well.
This golden-tipped Assam produces a rich, malty cup, highlighted with hints of sweet almond and red wine. A low astringency and silky smooth character makes this tea an excellent "self drinker." The dark copper infusion has a bright aroma with notes of malt.
A premium black tea combining the popular tastes of bergamot and chocolate with a hint of lemon. Decorated with flower petals and lemon peel for a delightful presentation. This product contains soy
Named after Robert Fortune who toured the tea producing regions in the 1840s under the auspices of the East India Company. Darjeeling adds a pleasing brightness; Yunnan lends a dark, honey colored liquor and delicately spicy overtones.
Blended from select teas of India, Sri Lanka, and China to appeal to those who favor an eye-opening experience in the morning, this broken-leaf tea yields a cup with a round, full flavor, malty notes, and brisk character. A perfect choice to start the day.
A hearty blend of rich CTC Assam and BOP Ceylon teas, yielding a cup with robust flavor and a brisk finish. This is an organic version of a classic, bracing breakfast blend.
•This BOP selection has a dark amber/light brown infusion that exhibits notes of carob/cocoa in both the aroma and liquor. The cup is smooth and rounded with a clean finish. For a lighter cup, infuse for 3 minutes, infuse longer for a stronger cup. This selection also makes great iced tea.
The best China Lapsang Souchong we have found. To our knowledge we are the only importer of this grade of China Lapsang Souchong. Superior in flavor. Very smoky, yet quite mellow.
Delicate but brisk, this splendid green tea has a clean vegetal flavor. Rapidly gaining the recognition it deserves, this tea refreshes the palate with a hint of sweetness.
Literally, Gen-mai Cha means brown rice tea. Toasted and partially puffed rice is blended with large-leaf Sencha.
This grade of gunpowder is produced from fine China green tea that is painstakingly processed into "pearls." The finished product is a tea with rich flavor, balanced pungency, and the smoky tones one would expect from a quality gunpowder.
Gunpowder green tea blended with a generous amount of peppermint.
This tea begins as a classic, medium-oxidized Tie-Guan-Yin Oolong, processed in the traditional style. It is finished and cured with a slow firing in bamboo baskets over a charcoal fire. The result is a tea with smooth, rich and inviting character.
Small tuo chas (compressed cakes) of black pu-erh tea, with each tuo cha an ideal size for making approximately two cups.The liquor is dense and black. Multiple infusions are often made from this tea.
This organic Rooibos has an inviting aroma, with hints of vanilla and citrus. The smooth flavor has notes of spice and caramel. We recommend this tisane for drinking iced, as well as hot.
South African Rooibos flavored with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, citrus peels, star anise, pepper, and cloves. A caffeine-free beverage.
A delightful, balanced blend of honeybush and genuine Bourbon vanilla. A caffeine-free beverage for any time of day.
Dried berries, hibiscus and flavoring yield a red liquor with a bright harmony of tart flavors. Contains no caffeine.
A special blend of dried cranberries, hibiscus and apple bits. Caffeine free and delicious.
A caffeine-free fruit tea with hibiscus flowers, apple bits, rose hips, genuine Bourbon vanilla and flavoring.
A balanced, refreshing blend that soothes the senses.
The same premium grade of Mate as BH20, roasted until lightly browned. Contains caffeine
A mango flavored, whole-leaf black tea base, decorated with mango fruit pieces and flowers.
See description listed above under tisanes.
A balanced, refreshing blend that soothes the senses. Made in house.
One of the finest China green teas is Lung Ching (Dragon Well). The liquor is pale yellow, slightly sweet, and very refreshing.
This exceptional grade of Matcha Gen-mai Cha is seldom seen outside of Japan. The components are of exceptional quality, and produce a harmonious, well-balanced infusion, which is eminently smooth. Toasted rice add a soothing, mellow quality to the complex vegetal flavor.
This rare offering is produced from carefully selected leaf sets, consisting of buds and tender first-leaf sets. It is then scented with the highest quality jasmine blossoms, which are later painstakingly removed to ensure that the quality of the leaf is represented in the cup.
A lightly fermented leaf which releases a delicate, flowery liquor. The sweet and refreshing taste is enhanced by the fragrance of lilacs. A truly exquisite tea.
Da Hong Pao, or "Big Red Robe" is a famous tea with a colorful pedigree. The very large leaves are perfect for multiple infusions. Subsequent steepings will produce varying levels of fruity and honey notes, as well as lingering woody hints. A delicate toasty hint is noted in the finish.
This select version of our popular organic Pai Mu Tan (or Bai Mu Dan) has a modest amount of white buds. The dark golden liquor has a fresh herbaceous aroma and a sweet flavor with light fruity and honey hints.
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 light, nutty/fruity finish. An outstanding organic white tea.
This Sheng (or raw) Pu-Erh Tuo Cha was organically produced on Hekai Tea Mountain at the Mannong/Manmai villages in Yunnan province. The golden cup has an herbaceous aroma with hints of honey. The flavor has notes of fruit, hints of sweet tobacco and a pleasing pungency. Hints of stone fruit linger in the aftertaste.