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Immortal Musings

The World's Most Expensive Tea

by Ralph Kenney

January 29, 2015

How much does the most expensive tea in the world cost per cup?

About $147 for a ridiculously small cup! Watch the short video below to find out why it's worth so much.


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It seems every week I read another news story from some food critic reporting on his or her sublime experience drinking “the world’s most expensive tea” or “the latest exotic tea” This week I received a double dose.

The Daily Mail reports on a couple of guys in Scotland growing “The World’s Best Tea,” that will set you back about $15 per cup and the London based food critic Oscar Quine reports in The Independent on his experience drinking Da Hong Pao Oolong tea which he calls the “World’s Most Expensive Tea,” The Da Hong Pao will cost you a mind blowing $99,526 for 100 grams.

If you’ve read my Immortalitea Manifesto, you know I think this expensive tea thing is mostly hogwash. I like a good cup of tea. I have strong preferences and I appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into growing and producing a world-class tea. Yes, some teas are worth more than others. But a great cup of tea need not be expensive.

Let’s take that oolong for example. Here’s their rationale for why it’s so outrageously priced, it supposedly comes from the same three tea bushes surviving from the Ming Dynasty that cured the emperor’s mother of a life threatening illness, the leaves are picked and bathed in fresh goat’s milk, dried over a bed of charcoal and then aged for up to 80 years.

Here’s my question, does that bath in goat’s milk make a taste difference after roasting in charcoal and aging for decades? If someone wants to treat me, I’m willing to be convinced. But my bet, is that in a blind taste test, most critics would not know the difference between this oolong and any other well-produced modern Da Hong Pao Oolong.

The point of my rant today is, please don’t get sucked in by all the hype, fancy photos and the one-ups-manship of tea snobs. Good (even great!) teas can cost pennies a cup.

Here are the things that do make a difference in a tea,

  • Tea varietal
  • Where it was grown?
  • How it was grown (eg. Pesticides, chemicals etc.)
  • When it was harvested
  • How it was processed (eg. Dried, rolled etc.)
  • How has it been stored
  • Aging The rest is just hype. Leave that for the food critics looking for something to talk about or the millionaires with money to burn.

    If you want to try a great oolong with out the high price tag we have some great ones. Here’s the link, Buy Oolong Tea

    Today only! $99,500 OFF!

    Hurry before it’s all gone.

    (See, I can do hype.)


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