8 Persons in every 10 people either fond of Tea or atleast consumes Tea. On May 21, the world celebrated International Tea Day. The International Tea Day aims to raise awareness of the long history and the deep cultural and economic significance of tea around the world.
International Tea Day aims to draw global attention of governments and citizens to the impact of the global tea trade on workers and growers, and has been linked to requests for price supports and fair trade.
On this occasion, here a look at some of the most expensive tea types around the world.
10- Silver Tips Imperial TeaPrice: $400 per kg – Place of origin: Darjeeling, India. A handmade semi-fermented light liquoring oolong tea. Manufactured in very limited quantities each year.
9- Gorreana- Broken Leaf Black TeaPrice: $405 per kg I Place of origin: The oldest tea plantation in Europe Broken leaf is is produced from the third leaf of the tea plant branch. It is a gentle light copper coloured tea with a fruity aroma.
8- Gyokuro TeaPrice: $650 per kilogram I Place of origin: Uji district in Japan A type of shaded green tea from Japan. The name ‘gyokuro’ translates as ‘jewel dew’
7- Pu-Erh teaPrice: $1,000 per kilogram – Place of origin: Produced in Yunnan Province, China A variety of fermented tea. As the tea undergoes controlled microbial fermentation, it also continues to oxidise, which is also controlled, until the desired flavours are reached.
6. Tieguanyin TeaPrice: $3000 per kilogram – Place of origin: Fujian province, China This Oolong tea is a mixture of green and black teas. The leaves of the tea are fermented in order to impart a distinctive chestnut flavor to it.
5- Yellow Gold Tea Buds Price: $3000 per kilogram – Place of origin – China This exceptional tea, once the favourite of Chinese emperors, has been transformed into an elusive jewel. Each tea bud is lavished in 24-karat gold, which once infused, yields a delicately metallic and floral aftertaste.
4- Vintage Narcissus Price- $6,500 per kilogram – Place of origin – The Wuyi mountain, China – This tea is one of the rarest Oolong tea around. . To imbue them with an exquisite flavour, the tea leaves are oxidised to around 60%. This, in turn, results in the tea takes on a chocolatey, floral and wooden taste.
3- Panda Dung Tea -Price- $70,000 per kilogram – Place of origin- Ya’an, Sichua, China – A type of tea cultivated in the mountains of Ya’an, Sichuan and fertilised by the dung of pandas. The tea is said to be healthy given that pandas only consume wild bamboo and absorb only about 30% of the nutrients and that it encourages ‘the culture of recycling and using organic fertilisers’
2- PG Tips Diamond Tea Bag – Price: $15,000 a bag – Place of origin: United Kingdom – In 2005, PG Tips celebrated its 75th anniversary with special packs, including a limited-edition Golden pack, and a one-off diamond tea bag. The Diamond tea bag cost £7,500, and was made by Boodles jewellers and used Makaibari Silver Tips. For your $15,000 a bag, you get a teabag that is adorned with 280 pieces of diamonds that have been handcrafted by Boodles jewellers.
1- Da-Hong Pao Tea – Price: $1.2 million per kilogram- Place of origin China – The tea dates back to the Ming dynasty and the harvesting process is a very closely guarded secret. The tea is often used as a gift for dignitaries and important people. Grown in the Wuyi Mountains it is a heavily oxidised, dark oolong tea. In China, it is often reserved for honoured guests