Did you know, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world following water? Oh yes, people love their tea, and some are willing to pay top dollar for it. Whether you take your tea straight, with cream and sugar, hot or iced, these rare teas are meant for savoring!
1. Gyokuro Tea
Gyokuru is a variety of green tea that is shade-grown from Japan. You can find it in powdered matcha tea products used for drinking or in green tea ice cream and baked goods. What makes Gyokuro so special, though, is it’s used in the Japanese tea ceremony. Fortunately, if you like green tea, it is quite affordable at $10 an ounce.
2. Silver Tips Imperial Tea
An oolong tea variety, the Silver Tips Imperial tea is created exclusively by tea company, Makaibari. They really take their tea seriously, hand-picking the leaves under the light of a full moon on specific dates that align with astrology. Less than two ounces is around $30.
3. Tienchi Flower Tea
This rare tea comes from a pseudo-ginseng plant called “tienchi” and is well-known for its ability to reduce stress, inflammation, and toxins in the body. Unlike most teas, this one uses the plant’s flowers instead of the leaves. It is not astronomically-priced at $70 a pound but it is quite rare as these flowers only grow a few times during each year in southwestern China.
4. Baihao Yinzhen
Baihao Yinzhen is a white tea grown in China, hand-picked from the camelia sinensis plant. What makes Baihao Yinzhen so special? More than 4,000 buds are required for just one pound of tea because only the best ones are selected for the final product. One pound will cost you about $150.
5. Poo Poo Pu-Erh Tea
As the name magically hints, Poo Poo Pu-Erh (pronounced ‘poo-air’) tea is actually made using animal droppings. In China, the larvae of grain moths feed on the tea leaves and then their droppings are collected. What’s even more interesting is it sells for up to $1,000 a pound. Now, why would anyone actually want to pay that kind of money to drink tea with excrement? Well, it is believed to have great health benefits, including preventing cancer, increasing heart health, and cleansing the body of toxins and free radicals.
6. Tieguanyin Oolong Tea
Tieguanyin Oolong Tea is named after the Chinese Goddess, Guanyin. The name “Tieguanyin” literally translates to “Iron Goddess of Mercy”. It consists of a combination of black and green teas cultivated on the highest mountain in the Fujian Province. Another feature that make this tea unique is you can brew it seven times without it losing any flavor. At around $1500 a pound, it’s safe to say most people have yet to try it.
7. Yellow Gold Tea
If you love gold AND love to drink it, you’re sure to want to try Yellow Gold Tea. As the name implies, this rare tea literally contains 24-karat gold, creating metallic notes that mingle with delicate florals. Also grown in China, Yellow Gold Tea is only sold by TWG tea company. They sell the tea for a whopping $5,290 for a little over a pound!
8. Panda Dung Tea
Like Poo Poo Pu-Erh tea, Panda Dung tea uses animal droppings. This special blend of green tea utilizes the droppings of the elusive panda bear to fertilize the tea plants. The reason pandas are used to cultivate the tea is because their excrement happens to be loaded with vitamins and minerals. It makes for very rich fertilizer and very expensive tea, at $35,000 per pound!
9. Da Hong Pao Tea
The Da Hong Pao tea comes from just a few bushes in Wuyishan, China. The original bushes have not been picked since 2005, making it super rare, and, of course, super expensive. One pound is over $630,000, and if you do plan to add it to your tea collection it would be wise to act fast as the price continues to rise each year.
10. Narcissus Wuyi Oolong Tea
The Narcissus Wyui Oolong tea is the world’s rarest tea. Named after the Greek mythological figure Narcissus, it is famous for having a dark brew and honey aroma. This extremely rare tea was originally grown in the Wuyi Mountains of China and aged much like a vintage wine. One box of Narcissus Wuyi Oolong tea in the 1960s cost a staggering $100,000. Needless to say, it may be very hard to come by today.