Tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world and is drunk for both enjoyment and health reasons. This beverage is drunk both hot and cold or even used to flavor food. There is a vast range of different varieties of this product available far beyond what is available in your local store. Those who consider themselves to be tea connoisseurs will drink only the finest of these varieties. Here are ten of the most expensive varieties of tea.
10. Silver Tips Imperial Tea
This special tea has a robust flavor and is renowned for its color. The plants are cultivated at about 8,000 feet above sea level in the Himalayas. Once the tea leaves have been harvested, they are sent to The very first tea factory in the world, the Makaibari Tea Estate in Darjeeling, India. Buying this particular type of tea comes at a cost of $400 per kilogram.
9. Gorreana- Broken Leaf Black Tea
Gorreana is not only the oldest tea plantation in Europe, this is also now the only one that remains in operatingon 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 kilo.
8. Gyokuro Tea
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 fromsunlight for around two weeks before they are harvested. This Japanese variety of tea is cultivated in the Uji district and costs $650 per kilogram.
7. Poo Poo Pu-Erh Tea
This type of tea was originally invented in the 18th-century. It was first given as a gift toChinese Emperor Qianlong. 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. Poo Poo Pu-Erh Tea costs $1,000 per kilogram.
6. Tieguanyin Tea
Tieguanyin is a type of Oolong Tea that is named after the Iron Goddess of Mercy, a Buddhist Deity. It is a combination of black and green teas that are fermented to give a distinctive chestnut flavor that sets Tieguanyin apart from other varieties of Oolong. Drinkers can use the leaves to make drinks up to seven times before they will begin to lose their flavor. The 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 kilogram.
5. Yellow Gold Tea Buds
Just like Tieguanyin tea,Yellow Gold Tea Buds cost $3,000 per kilogram. The reason for the high cost is immediately apparent as the leaves aresprayed 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.
4. Vintage Narcissus
This is one of the rarest varieties of Oolong tea and is grown on The Wuyi Mountain. The leaves are oxidized to around 60% to give them an exquisite flavor, which is described as chocolatey, floral, and wooden. To buy such a rare tea costs $6500 per kilogram.
3. Panda Dung Tea
This is perfect for people who are willing to try something a little different as it is made from panda bear droppings. The pandas have a diet of bamboo shoots and tea leaves, the latter of which is then extracted from their droppings. Panda DUng Tea is rich in nutrients and costs a whopping $70,000 per kilogram.
2. PG Tips Diamond Tea Bag
Just one bag alone will set you back $15,000. There are two reasons why these 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 Boodles jewelers. The teabags were made to commemorate PG Tips’ 75th anniversary.
1. Da-Hong Pao Tea
At $1.2 million per kilogram, Da-Hong Pao Tea is the most expensive in the world. This variety has been declared a national treasure by the Chinese government and dates back to the Ming Dynasty. The process used during harvesting remains a closely guarded secret. It is often presented as a gift to dignitaries and honorable people.