We Indians love our tea. Give us a steaming hot cup of tea at any given point of the day (or night) and we will be loyal to you forever. There’s something about that adrak-ilaichi wali chai that no one can ever get enough of. If you are a tea lover, you would know that teas come in various flavours and colours (which determines their strength and quality)– black, green, white (you know what we mean!) and that its taste varies with the region it hails from. This not only determines the taste and quality of the tea but also its cost. To put it simple words, the rarer the tea leaves, the higher is the cost.
But how much are you willing to pay for a steaming pot of tea? A couple of hundred rupees? Or maybe a couple of thousand grand? But would you shell out Rs 6,72,000 for a pot of rare tea?
Da Hong Pao, which translates to ‘big red robe’, is a special Chinese tea that costs $10,000 (Rs 6,72,000) per teapot and $1,400 (Rs 90,000) for a single gram (yes, you read that right!). It is one of the most expensive teas in the world and costs over 30 times its weight in gold.
If you are wondering why this tea costs more than the brand new car you just got, then read on. Da Hong Pao tea is extremely rare and the original plants are grown in the Wuyi mountains region of China’s Fujian Province. In fact, it is said that the tea makers in this region have a special annual tradition. Every spring, they travel up to the mountains to pray to the tea God– Lu Yu.
It is said that the leaves of Da Hong Pao tea are wiped with goat’s milk as they grow. After which, they are left to age for a long period, a process which can last for up to 80 years (and you thought that only wine was exquisite!).
The leaves of this tea were last harvested from an ancient bush in 2005 and they will most likely never make tea again, which makes the harvest as expensive as that of diamonds.
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