In this post, we reveal 5 of the world’s most expensive teas.
Have fun exploring these different tea varieties and get inspired for your next brew!
1. Da Hong Pao, China — 1.2 million USD per kilogram
Topping the list of the most expensive teas is Da Hong Pao tea, a type of oolong tea — a traditional Chinese tea that is neither black nor green.
This tea is cultivated in the Wuyi mountains in Fujian province and traces its origins right back to the Ming dynasty (1368 to 1644).
The name actually translates as “Big Red Robe” — according to legend, one of the dynasty’s emperors offered his red robe in exchange for a jar of this exquisite tea for his sick mother.
This precious tea has earthy and mineral notes and appears a rich red in colour.
It’s so expensive as true Da Hong Pao tea is derived from only six mother plants in existence, although tea from newer plants is also available and is not quite as pricey.
2. Panda Dung, China — 70,000 USD per kilogram
This tea lives up to its quirky name — panda dung really is used as fertilizer for these plants!
That’s because it’s believed that pandas only absorb around 30 percent of the nutrients in their diet, so their excrement is highly effective as a fertilizer.
This means that the tea, which is cultivated in China’s Sichuan province, is loaded with antioxidants that can help the body fight disease.
Its taste is rich and nutty and appeals to anyone who loves a full-flavoured cuppa.
3. Yellow Gold, Singapore — 7,800 USD per kilogram
Yellow gold tea buds are harvested just once a year using precious gold shears. They are then left to dry in the sun, allowing their flavour to mature.
Once dry, the tea leaves are sprayed with edible 24-karat gold flakes, which would account for its hefty price tag.
Its taste is floral with a hint of metal, while the tea is renowned for its many health benefits.
It’s exclusively sold by TWG Tea in Singapore, adding to its rarity and value.
4. Silver Tips Imperial Tea, India — 1,850 USD per kilogram
The way this tea is harvested makes it unusual — only the most experienced pickers are allowed to gather this tea on nights of the full moon at Makaibari Tea Estate in Darjeeling.
This is a variety of oolong tea that derives from buds that resemble silver needles, giving it its name.
The flavour is an exotic mixture of floral and fruity, with hints of frangipani and mango.
5. Gyokuro, Japan — 650 USD per kilogram
This exclusive green tea is grown in the Uji district of Japan.
It’s grown in special conditions, under the shade of straw mats for a four-week period before the best tea leaves are selected.
The way it’s grown means the plant retains high levels of an amino acid called L-theanine, which lends the tea its umami — or deep savoury — flavour.
Its name translates as “jade dew” or “pearl dew,” giving you an idea of how high it is held in esteem.
Find your favourite tea today
Fortunately, you don’t have to spend quite as much when you shop at Ainsley’s Tea, where you’ll find great quality teas at an affordable price.
Explore our collection of plant-based and herbal teas and find your favourite today.