Herbal tea, black tea, green tea, masala chai, and the list goes on. There are endless tea varieties across the globe – experts estimate the number to be in the thousands.
India's 7 Most Expensive Teas: Would You Buy One?
For a tea connoisseur, no price should be too high for the beverage. Still, sometimes tea can fetch astronomical prices
So, what makes tea so expensive? There are multiple reasons. High-range speciality teas enter the market on rare occasions. In some cases, a speciality tea has a slow and lengthy process, which means that the yield is limited to a fixed quantity of grams. They are produced at a low volume, often not more than 15kg. Since these teas are produced in lower quantities, their prices climb up as demand soars. Sometimes, teas, such as the Darjeeling Tea are sold in private auctions to large tea houses in Europe, America, and Japan.
Besides, the leaves of these teas are often plucked on rare and special days. For instance, some rare teas are only harvested during the full moon. Other factors that drive the price include the taste and health benefits associated with a tea variety. So, what are the most expensive teas in India?
Let's find out.
A celebratory limited-edition Tea passionately made from selective tea & bud sets plucked on International Tea Day at the Borpatra estate in Assam. This Tea also has the distinction of having been sold at the second-highest price, amongst Assam Teas, at the Speciality Pan-India auction held in June. This picturesque estate, located on the banks of the River Dilli in the foothills bordering Arunachal Pradesh, is known to produce exotic teas. Designer golden buds & tips, which brew a cup that has soothing floral hints, mellowed malty flavor, unparalleled smoothness that makes for an overwhelming tea-drinking experience.
An exotic White Tea from Darjeeling with each leaf picked tenderly and selectively just before sunrise. The fairly long, light & fluffy leaves of this tea type are an absolute visual delight. Cultivated in the picturesque slopes of the Himalayas at altitudes up to 2000 meters, this rare tea type has excellent health benefits and a very high amount of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
Prime second flush harvested Moonlight from the iconic Castleton Estate in Darjeeling, possibly the most renowned in the district. The very early-morning plucked tea consists of the choicest and most tender buds and leaves from a very special area of the estate. This prime summer pick comes with a mellowed honey-like sweetness that is coated with the most delicate and charming clonal and floral aroma which is absolutely mesmerizing. An outstanding tea and possibly one of the best this season to indulge and soak in the excellence of a Darjeeling.
Prime summer harvest from the Amgoorie estate, bordering Nagaland on the southern banks of the mighty Brahmaputra river, in upper Assam. This specially-harvested and crafted tea overflowing with the rare Golden Tips comes with a slightly malty taste and has a rich muscatel-like aroma, a characteristic extremely uncommon in Assam Teas. A very limited edition offering, this is a not-to-be-missed tea for aficionados of the finest Assams.
Specially crafted Organic White Tea from the renowned Arya estate in the pristine hills of Darjeeling. This carefully made exotic tea consists of tender buds plucked at dawn and minimally processed to preserve not only the most delicate and extremely smooth flavour but also to guard the innumerable health beneficial character of the flush. This tea with an exemplary mellowness also has very mild grassy and vegetal notes, so typical of classy white teas. A must-drink for connoisseurs who are looking for an exhilarating experience.
A unique Darjeeling tea with a pronounced rare muscatel flavor. High grown amidst the misty mountains and sheltered by the snow-capped Himalayas. This tea is one of the best offerings from the world's most famous tea-growing region, aptly named 'Pride of Darjeeling'.
An exotic handpicked White Tea blended with delicately plucked and fragrant Rose petals, to create a sweet and pleasant flavour with a mildly grassy finish. The innumerable health benefits of White Tea combined with Rose petals, make for a potent drink, as also a delicious cup to relish anytime of the day.
Despite these high prices, true tea aficionados will do everything in their power to buy and taste their favourite speciality tea. If you are one of those, then go ahead and order your favourite tea.
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