Tea is the second most popular drink in the world after water. Statistics show that every day the inhabitants of our planet drink about three billion cups of this drink - black, green, herbal, tasty, refreshing and warming.
However, not everyone can afford to enjoy rare sorts of tea, the cost of which amounts to thousands (or even hundreds of thousands) of dollars per thousand grams. Read about our most expensive teas and their specificity in our article. We also recommend you to get acquainted with the most interesting facts about tea.
All about the most expensive teas and their features
The most expensive teas
Tienchi Flower Tea
: from $ 17 per 100 g
Tyansha's inflorescences look like broccoli
The scientific name of this tea variety is Panax Notoginseng. It is noteworthy that "panax" in Latin means "panacea", literally - "medicine for everything." Indeed, Tiens tea is considered one of the “healthiest” drinks in the world. For many centuries, it is used to relieve headaches and insomnia, as well as the general detox of the body.
Tiens is a variety of ginseng that grows in the South-West of China.Inflorescences resembling broccoli and the root of a plant are also used. Tea has a refreshing effect and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. To heighten the healing effect, it is often used in tea mixes, along with lotus seeds and gynostemma leaves.
Tie Guanyin (Tieguanyin)
: from $ 20 per 100 g
Teguanyin tea is incredibly popular in China
This turquoise fermented oolong tea is one of the most popular teas in China. Translated from the Chinese "Tie Guan Yin" translates as "Iron Goddess of Mercy," and the impressions of this sort are just as intriguing as its name.
Teguanin tea: cheap and expensive
According to a mysterious myth about the origin history of the variety Tie Guanyin, a peasant named Wei Yan lived a long time ago in a poor Chinese province. He worked hard every day, and at night he prayed in an abandoned temple, the long-rejected people bodhisattva Kuan Yin. One day he fell asleep during prayer. In the dream, Kuan Yin herself appeared to him and asked him to look into the cave behind the temple. The next morning he found a lonely bush of tea in the indicated place, took him to the village and planted it at his house. Appeared soon sprouts, he distributed to relatives and friends.The gift of the goddess was so good that tea in a short time sold throughout the country.
Now it grows throughout the Middle Kingdom
Of course, this is just a beautiful legend, but tea is really very tasty: it has a natural sweet taste that delights your mouth after the first sip, and an equally pleasant aftertaste.
Silver Tips Imperial Darjeeling Fullmoon by Makaibari
: $ 60 per 100 g
Rare tea from the oldest tea factory in India
Makaibari - one of the oldest tea factories in India, located in the Darjeeling region, which gave the name of this elite variety. This tea, by the way, refers to oolongs, that is, semi-fermented teas, bordering between black and green tea, grows at an altitude of 1.5 to 2.5 kilometers above sea level. Collect it exclusively in the full moon. Legend has it that it is the light of the full moon that gives tea buds an unusual silver color. The variety has anti-aging properties and relieves stress well, so it is recommended to drink it before going to bed.
This tea is collected exclusively in the full moon.
This tea was filled with diamond bags, which in the amount of 280 pieces were released by the British tea company PG Tips on its 75th anniversary. Each gem-encrusted bag (2 grams of tea each) was sold for $ 15,000.
Japanese green tea Gyokuro (Gyokuro)
: $ 65 per 100 g
Gyokuro is one of the most expensive green teas
Gyokuro variety (also found writing Gyokuro) is one of the most popular tea varieties in Japan. In the land of the rising sun, it is called “tea for geniuses”, which is not far from the truth. After steaming on seaweed, it is saturated with iodine, calcium and other trace elements that have a beneficial effect on mental activity.
Japanese Gyokuro tea is enriched with iodine and calcium
The method of the so-called “shadow drying” (three weeks before the harvest begins, bushes are covered with special tents) increases the final caffeine content and eliminates unpleasant bitterness. Among other advantages, Gyokuro tea increases visual acuity, removes toxins from the body and helps to improve overall tone, so that its high cost is fully justified.
Gyokuro matures in the shade
Puer poo poo
: $ 210 per 100 g
This is not tea in its traditional sense.
Probably, you have heard about the very expensive Luwak coffee, which is made from palm civet excrement, ate coffee beans. So, the Chinese variety Poo Poo Pu-erh - a drink from the same opera.Although it looks like ordinary leaf tea, in fact it is not leaves, but the excreta of a special variety of moth cultivated on tea bushes.
The larvae of these insects feed exclusively on tea leaves, and workers in plantations with a magnifying glass and forceps collect waste from their livelihoods. But this variety is one of the most expensive teas not only a painstaking method of harvesting, but also medicinal properties, thanks to which the wealthy Chinese have been drinking this variety for three centuries.
Panda Dung Tea
: $ 590 per 100 g
Panda Dung - tea is expensive and extravagant
In pursuit of Poo Poo Pu-erh tea, Chinese tea-cups offer another strange tea variety to try - Panda Dung. It is known that when pandas eat bamboo, their intestines absorb about 30% of the stem, and the rest goes virtually untouched. This digested bamboo fertilizes the soil on which the tea bushes grow.
On the company logo is also drawn panda
Since 2011, the founder of the Panda Dung brand, farmer An Yanshi has been purchasing bear excrement from zoos and with the help of relatives personally fertilizes his tea plantations. Since then, the variety has found loyal fans among the patriots of China, who consider drinking tea grown on the waste of a panda, a symbol of China, to be an outstanding act of patriotism.Although some buyers, by contrast, were very disappointed: “The price is too high. Tea is delicious, but not so much! Some kind of hype. ”
Panda Dung Tea Plantation Feeds with Panda Feces
The family has its own cafe, and the attendants, including An Yanshi himself, greet visitors in panda costumes.
Vintage Narcissus Wuyi Oolong
: $ 685 per 100 g
Vintage and fabulously expensive tea
In 2013, a box with leaves of this variety, produced back in 1960 in the Wuyi Mountains, went under the hammer for $ 13,000. It was acquired by a collector from Hong Kong, who was interested not only in the taste of the variety, which had long been withdrawn from sale, but also the journey of the box, which changed several owners in his life, none of which had opened the package. By the way, tea is not at all narcissistic, as one might think from the name - it received its name from Narcissus from ancient Greek mythology.
Gold Tea Buds
: $ 960 per 100 g
Yellow Gold Tea Buds called gold for a reason
Singapore’s TWG, which produces this premium grade of tea, claims that at the processing stage, each tea bud is immersed in a decoction containing molten 24-carat gold.The percentage of gold in the solution is minimal and harmless to the body, but sufficient to give the tea leaves a unique, slightly metallic aftertaste and a spectacular shine. Moreover, they assure customers in TWG branded tea points, adding gold to tea is an ancient Chinese tradition, because in the past the diet of the average peasant was mostly rice, and the body suffered from a lack of minerals. Entrepreneurial village smelted coins and added a little bit to the kettle.
Counter brand store TWG
The most expensive tea in the world
Da Hong Pao (Da-Hong Pao)
: $ 1,00025 per 100 g
Tea "Big Red Robe"
One of the most expensive drinks in principle is da hong pao, the legendary Big Chinese Robe. It is said that in the chronicle of the Tien Xin Si monastery for the XVII century there is a record of a young man who had been long and diligently preparing for an exam for a high-ranking position. But the trouble is - on the eve of the exam he was seriously ill. But a cup of tea, carefully served by the monks, instantly put him on his feet, and the tests were passed successfully. Having received the red robe accompanying the new post, he returned to the monastery and presented it to tea bushes as a token of appreciation.
Six bushes have survived to our days
Those bushes, witnesses of the magical healing of a student, have only 6 left. About 400 grams and Hung Pao are removed from them a year. The last time the harvest was sold in 2002, since then all the tea collected is stored in the state treasury. Maybe, unless the high-ranking officials of China occasionally indulge themselves with its taste. It is known that in 1972, 50 grams of the “robe” was presented to the USS president Richard Nixon - now the cost of this gift is estimated at half a million dollars.
After learning about one of the most expensive drinks in the world in the West, the tourist attendance of the Tien Xin Si monastery and Wuyi Mountains as a whole grew dramatically - everyone was eager to drink tea worthy of the president himself. At that time, a decree was adopted in the country to count yes hong pao any oolong grown on Wuyi cliffs.
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