The Most Expensive Tea Blends In The WorldPublished:August 20th, 2010
Tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world, second only to coffee. The most expensive High Tea is served at the Ritz Carlton of Hong Kong. A rare Chinese tea called Tieguanyin is probably the most expensive in the world. It is an oolong tea, oxidized somewhere between black and green teas. Leaves of this tea can be brewed up to seven times before them losing their flavour.
Darjeeling is one of the most expensive teas and probably the most famous. This tea is also called Queen of Teas and can cost thousands of pounds per kilo. The plants of which this tea is made of are grown on steep slopes around India and Nepal, at more than 5,000 feet above sea level. Some of the most expensive Darjeeling teas come from Makaibari tea estates in West Bengal. The plantation has been producing tea since 1859. The tealeaves are picked by women on full moon nights only.
Green tea coming from Japan and produced by Royal Blue Tea Company is sold in wine bottles of 750 ml. King of Green Masa Super Premium is made from rare leaves handpicked from Shizouka. This luxury tea has no additives and is infused for three days.
One other contender for the title most expensive tea in the world is the original Da Hong Pao from Wuyi China. The original Da Hong Pao teas are 350 years old. Genetic clones of Da Hong Pao have been taken from the plants and are grown commercially. Secondary Da Hong Pao tea is available at affordable prices.
The most expensive tea bag was made in 2005 by a British Jewellery specialist and contains 280 diamonds. The tea bag was used to raise money for Manchester Children’s Hospital.