Most of us start the day with a cup of tea. And I can’t even imagine a single day without drinking at least a few cups. If you are a tea lover, you may not settle for just any tea, but you are always in search of the best. You check the quality of the leaves, how strong it is, what kind of flavors it offers, and then select the best one, even if you have to pay a little more. Although even that little extra may not have been more than a few dollars, you will be surprised to learn that there are teas that are sold at a very, very high price. They are rare and extremely expensive and we will learn about 10 of these teas right away.
These are the 10 most expensive teas in the world, as well as the rarest tea.
10. Tienchi Flower Tea
Although this is the lowest priced tea on this list, it is very famous not only in its place of cultivation, China, but also all over the world. It is one of the healthiest teas you will ever find. And it is also popular for its medicinal properties. Teinchi flower tea can be used to cure various ailments such as insomnia and allergies, and it also has great detoxifying properties. Its flavor is quite similar to that of the delicate broccoli flowers. Each kilo of tea is worth $ 170.
Gyokuro is a kind of green tea, an exotic variety that offers a pleasant jade tint. Gyokuro, typical of the Uji district of Japan, is incorporated without grinding the leaves. The tea has a sweet taste and distinctive aroma and is grown in the shade. It takes 2-3 weeks to prepare for harvest and each kilo is worth $ 650.
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8. Poo Poo Pu-Erh Tea
This tea comes from the Chinese province of Yunnan. And it contains insect feces that are carefully collected by tea pickers. Although it may surprise you and sound crazy, the fact is that this “black” tea has a pleasant taste and is known around the world for its healing properties. If you are thinking how much a tea containing insect droppings can cost, think again as it is priced at $ 1000 per kg.
7. Silver Tips Imperial Tea
This tea is the most expensive tea ever produced in Darjeeling. It is harvested in Darjeeling, West Bengal, by the Makaibari Tea Estate, which is owned by a company known as Luxmi Tea. Luxmi Tea is the world’s first tea plantation. The tea has a great taste, great aroma and although it was sold at its high but usual price of $ 400 per kg. In 2014, three buyers from the US, UK and Japan bought this expensive tea for an even high rate of $ 1850.
This is an oolong tea harvested in China and is named after a tribute to the goddess of mercy, Guanyin. There are two legends associated with Tieguanyin. One is about the devotion of Wei, a poor peasant, to Goddess Guanyin. And how he was rewarded with a tea session. After he planted the sprout and began to grow, he not only changed Wei’s fate, but also the fate of the entire village. The following story is that of Wang, a scholar, who discovered the plant under the Guanyin rock. He gifted this tea plant to Emperor Quilong and from then on it became known as Guanyin tea. The best type of Guanyin tea can be priced as high as $ 3000 per kg.
5. Yellow Gold Tea Buds
This tea is called so expensive because the leaves are covered with real 24 karat gold. This is an extremely rare type of tea, as it is harvested only in a particular place and also only on one day of the year. When the leaves open, the tea that is prepared takes on a golden hue and is said to be good for health. The only place you can find this tea is Singapore. And naturally, it is quite expensive and will cost you $ 3000 per kg.
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4. Narcissus Wuyi Vintage Oolong Tea
This Oolong tea is named after a popular Greek mythological figure, Narcissus. And it is grown in the Wuyi Mountains. It oxidizes to about 60%, and as it ages, its flavor only improves. To ensure that the aged tea does not spoil, it is cooked every two years, and this helps to dry out the extra moisture. All thanks to its elaborate flavors, which include flowers, chocolate and wood, this tea is very expensive and will cost you $ 6,500 per kg.
3. Panda Dung Tea
China is hosting the harvest season for possibly the world’s rarest and most expensive tea. Panda Dung Tea is one example. Found in China’s Sichuan province, Panda Dung tea sells for $ 70,000 per kg. It has this name because the tea plant uses the droppings of pandas as fertilizer. An Yanshi, an artist, first grew this tea and has the copyright to produce it. When it was officially released in 2012, it was reputed to be the most expensive tea in the world.
2. Dà Hóng Páo Tea
This is a special tea, because it is real tea. It is grown in the Wuyi Mountains of China. He is considered part of the Oolong family and became popular when people learned of his medicinal properties after he helped treat a sick Ming ruler. The king was so impressed that he ordered that all the bushes in Dà Hóng Páo be covered with red royal robes. That is why this tea is also known as Imperial Red Robe and sells for $ 1.2 million per kg.
1. Diamond Tea Bags by PG Tips
The popular UK based company PG Tips introduced this tea in 2005. Each of the tea bags designed by the famous Boodles Jewelers contains approximately 2 grams of the popular Imperial Silver Tips tea. In addition, each of these bags has 280 diamonds of the best quality. That’s why it has an exorbitant price: $ 15,000. You may also be interested in seeing the list of the ten most expensive useless things.
Even if you can try any of the teas mentioned on this list, consider yourself super lucky, as you are drinking a cup of something not only expensive but also very rare. Be sure to enjoy every sip, after all only a lucky few can taste such exquisite things.