We know that tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world and is drunk both hot and cold. People dink it for refreshment as well as for health benefits, or some time even used to flavor food.
It has vast range of varieties available across the world. Those who consider themselves to be tea enthusiasts drink the finest of these varieties, and I’ve listed some of the most expensive varieties of tea available in the world.
Da-Hong Pao Tea
Da-Hong Pao Tea is considered to be the most expensive in the world. This has been declared a national treasure by the Chinese government and dates back to the Ming Dynasty. It is around $1.2 million per kilogram – yes, no kidding.
Panda Dung Tea
If you are open to try something a little different and exotic – this is for you. It is fertilized from panda bear droppings – and those pandas should have a diet of bamboo shoots. Panda Dung Tea is said to be very rich in nutrients and costs a whopping $70,000 per kg.
PG Tips Diamond Tea Bag
There are two reasons why PG Tips Diamond Tea Bags are so expensive - First, they are filled with a rare variety called Silver Tips Imperial Tea. Second, the teabags are adorned with 280 pieces of diamonds, handcrafted by jewelers. Just one bag alone will set you back $15,000.
Silver Tips Imperial Tea
Silver Tips Imperial Tea plants are cultivated at about 8,000 feet above sea level in the Himalayas. After harvesting the tea leaves are sent to the very first tea factory in the world, the Makaibari Tea Estate in Darjeeling, India. Buying this tea comes at a cost of $400 per kg and this special tea has a robust flavor and is renowned for its color.
Yellow Gold Tea Buds
Yellow Gold Tea Buds cost $3,000 per kg. The reason for the high cost is apparent as the leaves are sprayed lightly with edible 24-carat gold. They are also extremely rare because the leaves are harvested on just one day a year by workers who snip them from the plants using gold shears. Yes – no kidding here too.
Gorreana- Broken Leaf Black Tea
Gorreana is the oldest tea plantation in Europe, and this is now the only one that remains in operation in this continent. They produce several varieties of tea and their Broken Leaf Black Tea is made using very specifically only the third leaves of each tea plant branch. This variety is distinctive due to its copper color and fruity aroma. It costs $405 per kg.
Vintage Narcissus leaves are oxidized to around 60% that give them an exquisite flavor - which is described as chocolaty, floral, and wooden. This is one of the rarest varieties of Oolong tea and is grown on The Wuyi Mountain. To buy Vintage Narcissus tea costs $6500 per kg.
Tieguanyin is an Oolong Tea – it is named after the Iron Goddess of Mercy. A distinctive chestnut flavor that is result of the combination of black and green teas sets this apart from other varieties of Oolong. Drinkers can use these leaves to make drinks up to seven times before they will begin to lose their flavor. Its trees are grown on the highest mountain in the Fujian Province. When the leaves are harvested, they are dried, oxidized, rolled, roasted and scented. Tieguanyincosts $3000 for one kg.
Poo Poo Pu-Erh Tea
Just as The name suggests, the Tea is made from the droppings of insects. Using tweezers, The workers at the Tea farms in Taiwan carefully remove Tea leaves from the droppings of insects that have fed on Tea leaves. This type of tea was originally invented in the 18th-century and was first given as a gift to Chinese Emperor Qianlong. Poo Poo Pu-Erh Tea costs $1,000 per kilogram.
This Japanese variety of tea is cultivated in the Uji-shi district and costs $650 per kilogram. In most cases, the leaves from tea shrubs are ground as part of the production process. However, this is not the case for Gyokuro tea. To increase the amino acid content of the leaves and give the tea a unique aroma and sweet taste, the leaves are shielded from sunlight for around two weeks before they are harvested.
Tea with Herbs
Tea with Herbs is a collection of Gold Standard tea leaves and Herbs that are ethically sourced from selected farms around the world. Carefully checked and hand pack to ensure quality and freshness. Every cup gives you a rich flavour and an unforgettable tea experience. Price range varies for different varieties but is well worth it.