Taste 6 of the Most Expensive Teas

By on 16/05/2014
Da-Hong Pao Tea

Tea, savored by millions of people all around the world is a refreshing, rejuvenating and flavorsome beverage. The drink is in fact, the second most popular beverage after water. While tea is mainly harvested in India, China and Sri Lanka, it is the different cultivating and processing methods of the Camellia Sinensis plant that has given birth to the variety of teas available. So how much would you pay for a cup of tea, we ask? If you really are into the bling, you might want to try one of the tea’s mentioned in our compilation of the world’s most expensive teas.

Da-Hong Pao Tea: $1.2 Million per Kg

Da-Hong Pao in Chinese means Big Red Robe. Owing to the name is the heavy price tag, making it the most expensive tea in the world. Due to its scarcity, it is considered a national treasure. The Wuyi Oolong tea is a best kept secret of the Ming Dynasty and is believed that the mother of one of the emperors was cured of a mysterious illness with the tea. The emperor sent his men to track down the origins of the tea and four bushes were found on Mount Wuyi. Out of the four, only three survive today. The legendary tea has many medicinal properties and is offered as a gift to dignitaries and honorable visitors. In 1998, the tea was auctioned by the Chinese government who received $900,000 for 700 grams. We would love to try this drink, but don’t really think we ever will be so lucky. A few Chinese government officials describe the tea to have a rich floral taste that lingers in the mouth for few minutes after drinking.

PG-Tips-tea-bagPG Tips Diamond Tea Bag: $15,000 for a Teabag

In 2005, to commemorate 75 years of being one of the most celebrated tea companies in Britain, the PG Tips Company launched a designer diamond studded tea bag. We are sure; this has got less to do with the taste and more for the materials used for the teabag which includes 280 pieces of diamonds. The teabags are filled with tea leaves from the Makibari Estate, which is the most expensive Darjeeling tea in the world. Th handcrafted teabags by Boodles jewelers were sold to raise funds for a charitable trust in Manchester.

Panda Dung TeaPanda Dung Tea: 70,000

This is another national treasure of China and when translated means Panda droppings. Why such an unusual name? Because the secret behind this ridiculously expensive tea is that. Pandas eat wild bamboo but only absorb 30% of its nutrients, which means the rest of it is eliminated through excrement. The poo is used to fertilize the tea trees. It all started when a Chinese entrepreneur decided to grow tea in Ya’an Mountains in Sichuan and used Panda excrement to fertilize the crop. He soon found that people loved the flavor and were prepared to pay big bucks for the tea.

Vintage Narcissus Wuyi Oolong Tea: $6,500 per Kg

Another expensive tea from China! In 2013, 20 kg’s of vintage Narcissus Wuyi Oolong tea was auctioned in Hong Kong. The tea was exported from Wuyi, China to Singapore in 1960s and after changing owners a few times, it revisited Hong Kong when it was acquired by a tea aficionado. The leaves are harvested on Mount Wuyi in the Fujian Province and are named after the Greek myth of Narcissus.

Da-Hong Pao TeaTieguanyin Tea: $3,000 per Kg

Tieguanyin tea is named after the Buddhist deity Guan Yin (Iron Goddess of Mercy). The Oolong tea is considered to have a very rich flavor. The blend of semi-fermented black and green tea has a distinctive chestnut flavor and solid crispy leaves. The tea originated in the 19th century in the Fujian Province. After being plucked, the leaves are sun withered, cooled, tossed, withered again with oxidation, fixated, rolled, dried, roasted and then scented. What’s unique about the leaves is that the tea can be infused for up to seven times without losing its flavor.

Yellow Gold Tea Bags

Yellow Gold Tea Bags: $3,000 per Kg

The tea is considered as the tea for emperors in China. The tea is harvested only one day per year, using a golden scissors to cut the upper part of the tea tree. The buds are then dried under the sun and stored in closed containers where they release polypheols and turn yellow. Following this, the leaves are painted with 24 carat gold. Presently, the tea is sold in Singapore only and cannot be purchased online.

Whether occasionally or regularly, tea is greatly consumed in almost all cultures of the world. Some teas are however, different from others and therefore so much more costly. We hope you enjoyed reading our list of 6 most expensive teas in the world. Have you ever been lucky enough to sip one? If you get a chance, which one would you like to try and why?


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