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  • Velvet Tea Chest with 15 Teabags

    Velvet Tea Chest with 15 Teabags

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  • Velvet Tea Chest with 30 Teabags

    Velvet Tea Chest with 30 Teabags

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  • Jasmine Queen Teabags (15 Teabags)

    Jasmine Queen Teabags (15 Teabags)

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  • Sweet France Teabags (15 Teabags)

    Sweet France Teabags (15 Teabags)

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  • Moroccan Mint Teabags (15 Teabags)

    Moroccan Mint Teabags (15 Teabags)

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  • Silver Moon Tea (100 Grams)

    Silver Moon Tea (100 Grams)

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  • Geisha Blossom Tea (100 Grams)

    Geisha Blossom Tea (100 Grams)

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  • Maharajah Darjeeling

    Maharajah Darjeeling

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  • Royal Darjeeling FTGFOP1

    Royal Darjeeling FTGFOP1

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  • Darjeeling Theine-Free Tea

    Darjeeling Theine-Free Tea

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  • Darjeeling Princess Tea

    Darjeeling Princess Tea

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  • Royal Breakfast Tea

    Royal Breakfast Tea

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  • Singapore Breakfast Tea

    Singapore Breakfast Tea

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  • Harmutty SFTGFOP1 Tea

    Harmutty SFTGFOP1 Tea

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  • New York Breakfast Tea

    New York Breakfast Tea

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  • Comptoir Des Indes Tea (Masala Chai)

    Comptoir Des Indes Tea (Masala Chai)

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  • Crème Caramel Tea

    Crème Caramel Tea

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  • Silver Moon Tea

    Silver Moon Tea

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  • Sweet France Tea

    Sweet France Tea

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    .. just for your tea table…

  • We at TWG Tea sell teaware to ensure that you can infuse the perfect cup of tea at home. If you are looking for a teapot or other tea tools,we hope to provide you with the perfect ones. But it’s crucial for all tea drinkers to understand there is no single best tea infusing method or best teapot.There’s only the best teaware that suits your taste and your tea. With that in mind, we present to you tea accessories from the House of TWG Tea.

Tea Accessories… just for your tea table…

We at TWG Tea sell teaware to ensure that you can infuse the perfect cup of tea at home. If you are looking for a teapot or other tea tools,we hope to provide you with the perfect ones. But it’s crucial for all tea drinkers to understand there is no single best tea infusing method or best teapot.There’s only the best teaware that suits your taste and your tea. With that in mind, we present to you tea accessories from the House of TWG Tea.

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THE TWG TEA COLLECTION

It is the largest in the world – over 800 different single-estate, fine harvests and exclusive tea blends from all of the tea-producing countries. Committed to offering teas directly from source gardens, TWG Tea understands the evolving tastes of the modern tea drinker and has developed special varieties in collaboration with the most renowned tea estates.  TWG Tea tasters assiduously ensure that their selection is always of the very highest quality, to maintain the consistency and freshness of each harvest.

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TWG TEA ACCESSORIES

Elegant tea tins, a myriad of hand-blown glass, porcelain, stoneware and cast iron teapots, fine bone china teacups, saucers, creamers and sugar bowls, as well as tea filters and tea scoops of all sorts can be found in the TWG Tea accessory collection. The translucence of gold-inflected crystal – a prism of hand-painted hues – and the lustre of silver, platinum and gold all lend their defining attributes to one-of-a-kind TWG Tea accessories, to delight the eye and enliven the taste buds.

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Just as wine is a diversely fascinating drink, tea too, has so many varieties to explore. They both offer a sense of discovery and surprise. I enjoy sipping my cuppa tea before every wine tasting event. It calms my nerves and soothes my palate.

Sonal Holland MW

I love tea in all seasons. In winter it brings warmth  and in summer it’s so refreshing.

Diwan Gautam Anand

TWG Tea has the widest range of flavours and nuances that help me create really interesting cocktails as well as mocktails and iced teas.

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  • 1837 Black Tea (100 Grams)

    1837 Black Tea (100 Grams)

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  • Moroccan Sahara Tea (100 Grams)

    Moroccan Sahara Tea (100 Grams)

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  • French Earl Grey Tea (100 Grams)

    French Earl Grey Tea (100 Grams)

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  • Moroccan Mint Tea (100 Grams)

    Moroccan Mint Tea (100 Grams)

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  • New York Breakfast Tea (100 Grams)

    New York Breakfast Tea (100 Grams)

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  • Geisha Blossom Tea (100 Grams)

    Geisha Blossom Tea (100 Grams)

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  • Silver Moon Tea (100 Grams)

    Silver Moon Tea (100 Grams)

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  • White House Tea

    White House Tea

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  • Weekend Quinto Tea Set

    Weekend Quinto Tea Set

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  • Red of Africa Tea (100 Grams)

    Red of Africa Tea (100 Grams)

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  • Red Balloon Tea (100 Grams)

    Red Balloon Tea (100 Grams)

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The Most Luxurious Tea Brands in the World – Tea Culture

Ever wonder what kind of tea the Queen drinks? I took it upon myself to find out.

Specifically, I wanted to know what the best luxury tea brands are. There are hundreds of different popular tea brands and it can be easy to get caught up in the torrent of options.

To provide myself and you guys a better overview of the options, I spent a couple days researching and came up with a list of the most luxurious brands.

If you don’t care to read the details, the best luxury tea brand I found was Harney & Sons if you’re in the US or Twinings if you are in the UK.

However:

Everybody has different needs. Check out the comparison table below to find out which option is best for you.

Best Luxury Tea Brand Comparison Table

Loose Leaf Tea vs Tea Bags

When choosing a luxury tea, it can be hard to decide between loose leaf tea and tea bags/sachets/pyramids.

The main difference is that loose leaf tea requires more effort to brew, but taste better. You have to have either a teapot or a single-cup strainer. After brewing, the teapot or strainer has to be rinsed and dried.

A tea bag is easier to steep and dispose of, but it often consists of lower quality tea and twigs that have been ground into dust.

A number of the luxury sites listed above do sell tea bags or sachets with high quality tea. However, another issue with tea bags is they aren’t large enough for the tea leaves to expand and brew properly.

Pyramid shaped bags do give the tea more room, but are still not ideal.

So, the question of which you should choose depends on your budget and how much time you want to spend brewing and cleaning.

If you want a high-quality tea to brew up for guests on a special occasion, invest in a teapot and a nice loose leaf tea.

On the other hand, if you want something cheap, quick, and easy for your everyday morning tea, get a box of tea bags or tea sachets. Harney & Sons has a great selection of loose leaf tea sachets that you can check out here.

How to Tell if a Tea is High Quality

As a tea snob, I wince every time I see somebody unknowingly purchase low quality tea.

So, here are a few tips you can use to spot premium tea:

  • Price isn’t always a sure signal, but a cheap bagged tea will usually be low quality.
  • When you can see large, unbroken leaves, the tea has been taken care of and is likely high quality. There are exceptions. Sometimes black teas are broken up to create a more brisk brew.
  • Keep an eye out for over-branded tea. Sometimes the most popular tea brands are also the lowest quality.
  • Buy from a reputable seller. Most tea you buy in strip malls from cheap shops will be low quality.
  • Check the reviews. Read what other people who have actually tasted the tea have to say.

And a few more tips when buying tea in person:

  • Look at how the tea is stored. Is it kept in an air-tight container and stored in a cool, dry place?
  • Smell the tea. High-quality teas will be fragrant and aromatic.

Keep these tips in mind but also listen to your gut. Intuition is one of the best ways to figure out if a tea is garbage or premium.

Best Gift for a Tea Lover

Each tea drinker has their own preferences when it comes to tea. If you know what type of tea they like, you can pick out some loose leaf from one of the brands above.

Otherwise, consider buying them a piece of teaware or tea accessory. The Tea Spot has a unique line of custom developed “steepware” that you can check out here.

I’ve also written articles taking a look at the Best Tea Infuser Mugs and the Best Portable Tea Infuser Bottles if you’d like to check out my recommendations regarding teaware.

Most Expensive Teas in the World

After researching this topic I became curious: What are the most expensive teas in the world? What does the queen sip during her most special occasions?

Here are the most expensive and luxurious teas in the world:

  1. Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) – This tea can fetch as much as $1,200 for a single gram! At a price of 1.2 million for each kilogram, original Da Hong Pao is worth much more than it’s weight in gold. Da Hong Pao is heavily oxidized Oolong tea grown in the Wuyi mountains of China’s Fujian province. The most expensive varieties are harvested from tea bushes that have been there since the Song dynasty (960-1279 AD) and are under constant surveillance by armed guards. Cheaper varieties of this tea can be bough for much more affordable prices.
  2. PG Tips Diamond Tea Bag – This tea bag is literally encrusted in diamonds – 280 to be exact. At $15,000 per bag, this is the ultimate statement of luxury. It is sold only at Harrod’s tea store in London. Read more about it here.
  3. Narcissus Wuyi Oolong – Similar to Da Hong Pao, Narcissus oolong grows in the Wuyi Mountains of China. Vintage varieties go for as much as $6,500 per kilogram.
  4. Tieguanyin/Ti Kuan Yin (Iron Goddess) – Another Chinese oolong grown in Fujian Province. This rich oolong can be brewed many times over without loosing its flavor and sells for $3,000 per kilogram, although there are more affordable varieties.
  5. Yellow Gold Tea Buds – Young buds are clipped from the tea bush once a year and are then sprayed or dusted with real gold. This tea is safe to consume but is not safe for the wallet, selling for $3,000 per kilogram. TWG actually has some available if you’re interested. Check it out here.

How I Picked the Results

I started by researching what others had written on this topic, which was surprisingly little.

From there I began compiling lists of what people consider the best tea brands overall. I narrowed this long list down to brands that specialize in luxury teas. Then, I did research on each individual brand to find out which are truly the best luxury tea brands.

This whole process was done painstakingly over several days and took me 10 hours for the research alone.

I belong to affiliate programs for several of these sites. No extra cost is charged to you and I didn’t let this influence my brand decisions. I could have chosen to include a number of other decent brands that had affiliate programs instead of some of the non-affiliate brands in this list.

My Reviews of the Best Luxury Tea Brands

Harney & Sons

Our Rating: 4.6/5

Harney and Sons is an American tea company founded in 1983. They specialize in high quality loose leaf teas and herbal blends. There are several locations on the East Coast, but they are most known for their massive online store.

If you need high quality loose leaf or herbal blends, these guys are a fantastic choice.

They has a huge selection of loose leaf and herbal teas. Each of their tea categories has sub-categories filled with dozens of options.

Harney & Sons also has tea sachets filled with high quality loose leaf tea. With these sachets, you don’t have to compromise quality for ease of use.

And if you have a tea lover in your life, they have tea chests, gift cars, and accessories suited for any occasion.

English Breakfast Collection

For the quality that you get, Harney & Sons is incredibly affordable. A 1 lb bag of premium Earl Grey is $24 at the time of writing.

Most of their loose leaf tea falls into the $7-60 range per 100 grams, and tea sachets vary between $o.75 and $1 per bag.

Shipping prices are great as well. All orders within the United States include free ground shipping. Faster shipping is available at higher rates.

International shipping rates vary. Check out their shipping page for more info.

I gave Harney & Sons the highest rank because they are consistently good across the board. Their selection is huge, the tea is high quality, prices are affordable, and shipping rates are excellent.

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Twinings

Our Rating: 4.6/5

Twinings is the oldest tea brand in the world and arguably the most well respected.

The company was founded in London, England in 1706 by a man named Thomas Twining. His family was in the weaving trade but he decided to branch out.

Tea was up-and-coming at the time so Thomas Twinning apprenticed under an East India Company merchant named Thomas D’Aeth. After learning the trade, he went into business and opened a tea shop in a prime location. That shop still exists today at 216 Strand in London.

The original Twinings shop at 216 Strand in London

Twinings was granted the British royal warrant by Queen Victoria in 1837 and continues to serve the Monarch to this day.

The Queen drinks Earl Grey by the way. No brand is specified but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Twinings.

Twinings also has an online store with a huge selection of tea bags and pyramids, loose leaf tea, various tea accessories, and gifts for any occasion.

They currently have several lines of tea blends, including English Breakfast, Earl Grey and Lady Grey, and Superblends. Each line serves a specific purpose. English Breakfast includes different breakfast teas and Superblends are crafted for health and wellness.

A variety of premium loose leaf teas are also available on their website. They have anything from flavored blends to herbal blends to luxurious single-origin teas. There are even a number of pu’erhs available.

Twinings has a large range of prices and quality on their website, spanning from inexpensive low-quality tea bags to higher end pyramid sachets and loose leaf teas.

You can expect to pay $0.05-0.20 per tea bag, $0.40-0.50 per pyramid sachet and between $10 and $60 for 100 grams of loose leaf.

Most supermarkets only stock their tea bags, so you will have to order online from the Twinings UK website if you want access to their premium teas.

There are multiple Twinings websites for different countries. Each separate site has a different design and selection. The Twinings UK website is the most well designed and has the largest selection.

Shipping will be cheaper if you order from the Twinings site closest to you. If you live in the UK, standard shipping costs £3. 95 and ships in less than a week.

Their UK site ships internationally if you want access to the larger selection. Check out their shipping policies here.

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The Tea Spot

Our Rating: 4.5/5

The Tea Spot is a quaint little tea vendor located in Boulder, Colorado at the base of the Rocky mountains. The company was founded in 2004 by cancer survivor Maria Uspenski.

Maria discovered the health benefits of loose leaf tea as she was recovering from cancer. It is now her life’s mission to spread awareness of these health benefits. If you’d like to read more about the health benefits of tea, check out my Tea vs Coffee article.

The Tea Spot donates 10% of all sales revenue to cancer charities.

Tea Spot Founder Maria Uspenski

In their online store, the Tea Spot has a large number of hand crafted loose leaf tea blends available. You can buy these blends alone or packaged in pyramid sachets.

Their tea sachets are large and are made of a biodegradable mesh that is non-toxic and safe for the environment. This is one of the best designed tea bags I’ve come across.

Besides their tea, the Tea Spot has created a custom line of Steepware to help brew your tea. The selection ranges from tea infuser mugs to tea tumblers and even equipment for making matcha. You can take a look at their Steepware here.

The Tea Spot is middle-of-the-road when it comes to pricing. You can buy 100 grams of their loose leaf tea blends for between $10 and $35 or their large tea sachets for $0.55 to $1.50 per sachet.

They have free ground shipping in the US for orders over $60, and a flat rate of $3.99 for orders under $60. International shipping rates vary. Check out their shipping info page for details.

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TWG Tea

Our Rating: 4.2/5

TWG stands for The Wellbeing Group and is based in Singapore. The company was founded in 2008 as an attempt to create a high-end luxury tea brand.

TWG Tea sells to independent vendors all over the world and have several tea salons and boutiques of their own. Their tea can be found in luxury stores and malls in numerous different countries. In their shops they sell unique blends of tea-flavored ice cream and pastries.

While their boutiques are amazing, I’m going to be focusing on their online shop today. They have a sizable collection of luxurious loose leaf teas, tea tins, and tea bags as well as a number of accessories.

Quite a few of their teas are sourced from what are known as single-estate farms. These small estates focus on growing small batches of premium loose leaf tea. Each estate is different and TWG Tea has a team of tasters that visits these estates to hand-pick the best batches.

TWG Tea also sells beautiful luxury gift sets that would make a fantastic holiday or wedding gift for tea lovers.

While their selection might be amazing, you are paying for the luxury experience. Their prices are expensive and shipping can add up.

TWG’s website uses the Singapore dollar. The current conversion is $0.76 USD to every Singapore dollar. You can expect to pay between $15 and $50 USD per 100 grams of loose leaf and $1.25 per tea bag.

No shipping page is provided by TWG Tea but they ship for free within Singapore. US and International rates vary. I live in the Midwest United States and shipping came out to $22 for a medium sized order.

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Yunnan Sourcing

Our Rating: 4.1/5

I discovered Yunnan Sourcing from the recommendations of an online tea forum. They are a reputable vendor that sources tea straight from Chinese farms.

They have a huge selection of Chinese whole-leaf teas. Each tea is sold in a batch with the year and season it was harvested, so you can be sure you are getting exactly what you want.

The amount of information provided by Yunnan Sourcing can sometimes be overwhelming to a beginner. One thing that can help is clicking on a specific type of tea, like black tea, and sorting by ‘Best Selling’. Reading the reviews of other users on the site is also helpful.

Imperial Gold Needle Yunnan Black Tea

If you are looking for recommendations, here are a few for different tea types:

You can read more about each type of tea in my Types of Tea article.

The price of Yunnan Sourcing’s loose leaf tea ranges from $5-30 for 100 grams of loose leaf. This is much cheaper than anything you’d find at a specialty tea shop, even with the expensive shipping costs.

They also sell a number of teapots and various teaware. Their selection ranges from cheap $5 glass teapots to hand-crafted clay teapots in the $150 range.

When buying expensive teaware, don’t go with the cheapest shipping option because it can break on the long journey. Yunnan Sourcing heavily wraps all teaware in bubble wrap to protect your items as much as possible.

Yunnan Sourcing has two online stores. Their main store is based out of China and their secondary store is in Oregon. The secondary store ships to the continental US much quicker but the selection is limited.

If you purchase from the Chinese store shipping costs generally go up and can take up to several weeks to arrive. Check out their shipping page for more info.

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Stash

Our Rating: 4.0/5

The name “stash” refers to the captain’s personal stash of tea on ships and boats that were used to transport tea around the world.

Stash was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1972 and has since expanded into one of the largest specialty tea companies in the US.

They have a massive selection of tea bags, loose leaf teas, teaware, and gift sets.

Their tea bags aren’t nearly as high quality as a good loose leaf, but are better than most other brands in the same price range. You can find their bags in most supermarkets in the US as well as their online shop.

Stash also has a collection of quality loose leaf blends available online.

The Stash brand is what I would call an affordable premium tea. They may not be the highest quality, but they are high value and make a great choice for an everyday tea.

Shipping is a bit pricey when ordering online. Orders under $25 have a $5 shipping fee and orders over $50 have a $12 shipping fee. Check nearby grocery stores first to see if they have what you want.

It takes 3-8 business days for their teas to deliver within the United States. Canada and international shipping is expensive and not recommended.

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Honorable Mentions

I intentionally kept this list short to combat decision fatigue.

However, here are some more luxury tea brands if you’re interested in exploring all the options. They are listed in order of personal preference:

  • Bellocq – specializes in luxury loose leaf tea
  • Art of Tea – fun tea blends and tea sachets
  • Harrod’s – luxury brand based in the UK. They have a line of premium teas.
  • White2Tea – like Yunnan Sourcing, they focus on supplying top-notch teas straight from farmers
  • Newby – luxury based London tea company. Variety of loose leaf and bagged tea blends.
  • The Republic of Tea – one of the largest online tea vendors in the US. They sell just about everything under the sun when it comes to tea.
  • Teavivre – another high-quality brand focused on sourcing tea straight from reliable tea farms
  • Deitea – Australia-based luxury tea brand
  • Mighty Leaf Tea – popular US-based tea vendor with a large line of custom loose leaf blends and tea sachets
  • Fortnum & Mason – luxury brand with a line of premium loose leaf teas
  • Capital Teas – quality loose leaf and herbal blends
  • Adagio – large loose leaf tea vendor based in the US. They also have a great forum and online community.
  • Tea Forte – premium loose leaf blends and pyramid bags

TWG Tea Boutique | Changi Airport

Chocolates, Candies & Delicatessen

TWG Tea introduces a treasure-trove of exotic teas and accessories at Singapore Changi Airport, to bring the thrill of discovery to your teacup. Located in the duty-free zone, the boutique provides the perfect solution for those in search of sophisticated gifts. Enjoy the entire TWG Tea loose tea collection with varieties from every tea-producing country. Brightly coloured packed tins and tea accessories accompany rows of tea-infused macarons and chocolate bonbons, both available in a choice of luxurious gift boxes too.

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TWG Tea’s Grand Jasmine Tea | A Review

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This is part of the ongoing series about TWG Teas.   Read Part 1.

Green Teas are so cool.  They’re like the popular kids in high school.  Matcha Green Tea is one of the leaders, known by all and loved by most.  Sencha is another notable member of the Green Teas as its just as relevant and adored, especially in Japan.  Genmaicha, Chunmee and Hojicha (among others) are also part of the Green Tea gang.

And then there’s Jasmine Tea.  If she were in high school, she’d be a “floater:” she would usually be hanging out with the Green Teas, but could bounce around to the other tea “cliques.”  Jasmine Tea typically is a Green Tea, but can be mixed with Black and White tea.

Jasmine Tea’s popularity is widespread, just like it’s other Tea peers.  As a result, I’m sure you and I are no strangers to it as we have drank it many times.  I’ve had it as a hot beverage, cold beverage, in a boba milk tea drink and even in a cake!  Yet, some of my experiences have definitely been better than others.  The not-so-great encounters with Jasmine tea was when it tasted diluted or artificial (i. e. a plastic-like flavor – yuck!).

Knowing a little bit about TWG Tea and its quality (note: for more information about TWG Tea, we wrote more about this company and their products here), I had to see how its version of Jasmine Tea (called “Grand Jasmine Tea”) measured up to other Green Teas and versions of Jasmine Tea.

Our Review of TWG Tea’s Grand Jasmine Tea

 

TWG Tea’s Grand Jasmine Tea is a green tea from China.  This gem of a tea is blended with jasmine blossoms resulting in a classic jasmine floral scent with outstanding elegant taste.

Type of Tea

Green Tea

Country of Origin

This green tea is from China.

Ease Of Use & Preparation

I have the individual TWG Tea’s Grand Jasmine tea bags (not the loose leaf form).  As a result, it was simple for me to open one packet and prepare a nice pot of tea.

We followed the instructions that TWG Tea provided to make this hot tea (there are also specific instructions provided by TWG Tea to make Iced Tea).

We boiled water and prepared enough for a small pot of tea.  Using one packet of the “Grand Jasmine Tea”, we infused it for 4-5 minutes and served it hot.

APPEARANCE  

The tea bag is situated in a royal green tea packet, labeled with the TWG Tea brand and elegant fonts.  The tea bag itself is made of a high-quality translucent material that gives you a glimpse of the dark green tea leaves inside.  A useful and equally beautiful tag is appended to end of each tea bag string, which serves as a way to indicate what tea is being brewed.

When brewed, a light green/yellow shade of tea is produced.

Smell

TWG Tea’s Grand Jasmine Tea does not shortchange you on the classic and pure aroma of the Jasmine flower.  As you steep your tea, classic Jasmine floral notes fill the room.  One immediately recognizes this distinctly sweet yet light Jasmine fragrance.  And still, it does not overwhelm and stuff up the environment.  It rather is enough to incent one to take a sip of this fine Green tea.

Taste

Like it’s aroma, the flavor of TWG Tea’s Grand Jasmine Tea is exactly what an authentic Jasmine Green Tea should be.  When I had this tea hot, it was a beautiful symphony of light, sweet and floral notes.

Please note that this Green Tea is also caffeinated.  So for those with caffeine sensitivity (like me), it was wise to not drink this after 3pm in the afternoon.

Price

As low as $20 USD for 15 tea bags.

Availability

This tea is available in two forms:

  1. Loose Leaf Format
  2. Teabags (with instructions for Iced Tea)

Additionally to its official website, TWG Tea sells its teas at various fine retailers as well as in its own brick-and-mortar locations.  Unfortunately, there is only one of these TWG Tea boutiques in North America: in Canada.

TWG Tea is available on sites like Amazon.

 

The Bottom Line

We recommend TWG Tea’s Grand Jasmine Tea and rate it 4.0 Stars (out of 5)!

TWG Tea’s Grand Jasmine Tea is high quality (like TWG Tea’s other tea blends), resulting in an authentically pure and sweet Jasmine flavor experience. There is a higher price tag for these tea leaves (compared to what you can probably find at your local grocery store), but you definitely get what you pay for.  And I can guarantee that TWG Tea’s Grand Jasmine Tea is worth it (say no to cheap diluted Jasmine teas!). 

Get TWG Tea’s Grand Jasmine Tea and let us know what you think!

Conversations with Maranda Barnes, Co-Founder of TWG Tea | by High Net Worth | High Net Worth

Is being obsessed with Tea a pre-requisite to work here?

Yes, you have to be a connoisseur to work at TWG Tea. Every of our 3,000 staff members are required to have extensive knowledge about the beverage they’re selling; in this case, an assortment of more than 800 different blends.

How does one learn to love Tea?

Nobody is a connoisseur from Day 1. You have to go through training, Tea-tastings, and be absorbed in an ongoing learning experience. You have to take an exam too. (For the service staff) It’s easy to become overwhelmed at first, but once you’re given a few keys, it gets exciting. One of the keys to our success is a great training team. We have 6 full-time staff members who are Tea connoisseurs dedicated to training. Training is a work-in-progress. Different people have different growth and learning rates.

What about your non-frontline staff?

We want to make sure there is a certain level of understanding of all of the Teas across the board — our finance team, packing team, chefs, sales teams, and our PR agency — everybody goes through Tea training. When you’re speaking with customers, you’d better know your product. What kinds of qualities do you go for in your Tea?

As long as it keeps me awake, really.

It doesn’t have to be Green Teas then! Green Teas in general, have very high quantities of vitamins and minerals, so a lot of the boost of energy from green Tea is from that, rather than from caffeine. In a Black Tea however, like the Darjeeling, you get a very mild taste, but incredible amounts of tannin.

I heard about the Silvermoon blend. Tell us more about it.

The Silvermoon was the very first blend we had to appeal to Singapore, and the region, because it was created to pair with the moon cake. It’s one of our top 3 bestsellers worldwide. It’s perfect for any time of the day, with any pastry or any food. It’s blended with different types of Chinese and Japanese Green Teas, with wild strawberries, seeds, and a little bit of sugars, and milanaise. It’s lovely.

How do you come up with the blends?

We have a team of blenders, but each blend is first created by Taha [Bouqdib]. That’s his expertise. He also chooses the fine harvest Teas, and the estates we work with. Taha creates the taste of TWG Tea; I come up with the stories around the Teas.

He’s the Tom Ford.

Yes, exactly! We all have different roles, and each of us, in our own way, make it happen.

Who designed the interiors of the salons?

It was Taha, 100 per cent. As his wife, this is one quality I did not know he had. When we opened our first outlets at Republic Plaza and Ion Orchard, he hardly slept for 3 or 4 months, because construction was done at night, and we would work during the day. I got really concerned about him, so I asked him if he needed an interior designer to help. But no, he knew exactly what he wanted the outlets to look like, how he wanted to differentiate TWG Tea from all other shops.

Why did you choose Singapore?

We fell in love with Singapore the day we visited. It’s the cornerstone of this part of the world. Amazing quality of life, equality for different types of people and backgrounds — it’s quite an utopia. When you start travelling, you realise how rare Singapore is. It’s also very encouraging of new entrepreneurs.

How hard was it to build the brand?

It was mind, body, and soul, but we knew what we were getting into. We knew starting a business with the largest Tea list in the world, with a retail business, an F&B business, as well as a wholesale business, was something more than most companies would dare to do starting out. It takes a very young, dynamic passionate group of people to pull something like that off. It was incredibly exciting, and it still is. We are very proud to be a Singapore brand. We want to make Singapore the hub of Tea-drinking.

Did it start from retail first, or wholesale?

It was wholesale first. When we arrived, before we even had a name for the company, we had already approached hotels in Singapore. One in particular, the Fullerton Hotel, was fascinated by the quality of our Tea leaves, and the blends we had created. It was this response that we knew the business would take off. About 8 or 9 months later, we opened our first outlet, comprising a retail and Tea salon. Many people however, said it was a coffee culture here; young people don’t want to drink Tea.

The spirit of the brand is: we want to be the least snobby about the way people come. This is not only the conception of TWG Tea; it’s also the conception of Tea.

How is that playing out? Is the young an important demographic for TWG Tea?

Yes, we want young people to come in from their coffee shops. We want to show them that Tea is not a fuddy-duddy, old-people beverage. Tea can be modern, fruity, and blended with chocolate, caramel, something rare, and can also be extravagantly expensive, like art! At the same time, we want a 14-year old to be able to come in and pick up his or her favourite Silvermoon Tea, and put it in a tin can on her shelf.

When I run out of gift ideas, I find myself running out to get TWG Tea. How big is gifting for TWG?

It’s huge. Tea is something that can be enjoyed by peoples of all ages, no matter what religion, dietary restrictions, and some that even children can drink. At least 30,000 cups of tea are being consumed every second around the world. It’s also a very healthy drink. If you don’t know what to give your boss, because you don’t know if they drink wine or not, or have any health problems, and it’s not appropriate to ask, Tea would be great.

It’s better than gifting chocolate.

It’s true! I have a friend who just had a baby, and I wanted to send a box of chocolates, then I realised that’s not the appropriate thing. For us, the packaging, Teabags, ribbons, and tins, all have an element of luxury, so that when you gift it, you go, ‘Oh, this is really lovely!’. Part of the pleasure is in un-wrapping a gift, how it feels to receive.

I have received a few TWG Teas, but somehow, it just sits around.

That’s the fun part about Singapore. People recognise quality products, but not necessary for how to prepare it, or how best to serve it. That’s where we come in. People are busy; they don’t want to fiddle over a Teapot for 25 minutes, so we have little Teabags that you can use to put the Tea in.

Do you have alcohol-infused Teas?

We have Tea-infused cocktails. Also, any Tea you have at TWG, can be had iced or hot. Some are better than others iced, depending on the strength. You wouldn’t want to take a very rare, white Tea iced, as it will dilute some of the flavour. But Teas like this (Darjeeling Black Tea) are absolutely perfect either way.

What surprises you about people’s Tea choices?

I’m surprised when people tell me their favourite Tea is Green Tea because for me, that’s one of those Teas you appreciate after you’ve gone through all the other common Teas. Green Tea is a connoisseur’s Tea, especially in its preparation. It can also veer towards the very toasted tannin-bitterness. For example, Japanese green Tea, instead of having that fresh grassy colour and flavour, it can be quit soppy, and have those dry notes that cover your tongue.

Do you plan to start a Tea school?

Yes, we have a Tea Institute, and eventually hope to open it up to the public. We already do some of that now, but a full-fledged institute will be a lot more hardcore.

At TWG Tea, it’s Tea first. But I drink my occasional coffee, in fact, they always joke about it — ‘Maranda must be tired today; she’s drinking her coffee!’

What happens if you spot an employee at Starbucks?

[laughs] Well, they have their free time! However, I can be draconian in the office, in the sense that, if someone brings a coffee into the office, it’s like bringing a coffee in here to the salon — it’d better be in an unbranded mug. At TWG Tea, it’s Tea first. But I drink my occasional coffee, in fact, they always joke about it — ‘Maranda must be tired today; she’s drinking her coffee!’

For coffee, there’s the barista, what’s the equivalent for Tea?

Unfortunately, there’s no international term for it. This is a constant source of frustration and challenge for me. When we started the company, I took it upon myself and with a small Team, to create a glossary of terms for Tea. For us, it would be a connoisseur, or a Tea innovator; in layman’s terms, it’s the barman. Their training is one of the most intensive, because it’s not just talking about Teas, but literally, preparing it.

We don’t want to be a colonial old-fashioned type of Tea brand. We are a modern, Asian brand. Yes, we’ve got the rattan chairs, velvet, the whole glam and glitz, but we want to make Tea a beverage everyone can enjoy.

People don’t seem underdressed at TWG Tea.

No, but we do not have a dress code. The spirit of the brand is: we want to be the least snobby about the way people come. This is not only the conception of TWG Tea; it’s also the conception of Tea. That’s the difference about us as compared to your over-the-top Tea salons in hotels in Europe. I’m not just talking about a shirt and tie, or shirt and slacks; you literally have to have the jacket, the whole gamut. Women need to have their legs covered. If you’re going to make Tea a modern product that’s part of your life, almost an accessory, and you snob people who dress in a certain way, already, you’re categorising Tea as for only a certain type of person. We don’t want to be a colonial old-fashioned type of Tea brand. We are a modern, Asian brand. Yes, we’ve got the rattan chairs, velvet, the whole glam and glitz, but we want to make Tea a beverage everyone can enjoy.

What were you doing before TWG Tea?

I’m quite a mixed bag. I was working in the perfume industry. I also worked at OECD in the Communications department. It’s basically PR for the UN — obviously, very different from lifestyle. I think I’m more cut out to be in lifestyle PR.

How did your prior experiences translate into this role?

The creation of perfumes is like the creation of Tea blends. Most fragrances are also sold as luxury products that are accessible. If you can’t buy a Chanel bag, you can still buy a Chanel №5, and it’s not going to break the bank. As a gift, it’s also very appropriate. Tea can be like that. Today, I may feel like wearing this or drinking this Tea. It’s part of who you are, part of what you’re wearing that day. The vocabulary and development processes are also similar.

Is Tea an accessory?

Yes, I believe so. Tens of thousands of social media posts about TWG Tea say something along the lines of, ‘I drink TWG Tea!’ It’s part of your status, part of showing you have taste, like somebody carrying a Louis Vuitton bag is saying, ‘I have an appreciation for things which are handmade or made with fine materials.

Do you have kids?

Yes! I have one. Kids are well… ‘I have a kid.’ He’s eleven.

Is he a Tea-drinker?

Yes, he is. By force or by taste [laughs]… we want him to try everything. He has a passion for mint Teas now, which is not surprise because Taha is Moroccan. He used to like black Teas with nuts and chocolates, but we weaned him off it because it’s a little caffeinated. We have a whole range of Teas, which are caffeine-free, which he now drinks.

Do you think that Taha looks like Shia LaBeouf?

[laughs] I’ve never thought of that! Maybe… It’s hard to tell with the beard and everything, and he’s so much younger. But he’s (Taha) a very dynamic person. He would have done well in show business too!

This is the best thing that has ever happened to me. It’s what I wanted — to go to work every day with the person I had decided to spend my life with.

How is it like working with Taha on a business?

MARANDA: My parents worked together, so it wasn’t difficult for me to imagine it. Basically, I came in as the acolyte, the girl saying, ‘Okay, Taha, teach me everything you know!’ It was fun for me; not sure if it was fun for him, probably a bit frustrating sometimes. But after the first two years, I felt I had cloned Taha’s knowledge in myself sufficiently. This is the best thing that has ever happened to me. It’s what I wanted — to go to work every day with the person I had decided to spend my life with.

TWG’s Taha Bouqdib: Lessons from his Father | The Peak Singapore

Taha Bouqdib might have followed in his father’s footsteps to work for the king of Morocco had he not given it up for his first love – tea. Even now, after having been in the business for 22 years, he talks about the topic with the ardour of a man whose passion has not cooled. The president and co- founder of Singapore-based TWG Tea Company, one of the fastest-growing luxury tea brands in the world, reveals that he would occasionally retreat to a private workshop behind his office to concoct some fashionable tea blend.

The room is lined with TWG Tea’s signature canary-yellow canisters of tea, a waist-height copper spittoon into which he discards his experiments, a sink, water hose and jars of premium ingredients – Arabic gum, marigold, jasmine and dried rosebuds from Grasse, a town in France famous for growing flowers for perfume. “You’re one of the first outside of the company to see this room,” he says during the tour, adding that he frequently retreats to this inner sanctum to relax or think.

Located on the fifth floor of King’s Centre, it overlooks the Singapore River, along which tea was once plied and traded, the location a deliberate decision by the founders.

Bouqdib is sharing a sofa with me now, in his office proper, one leg tucked under his knee, as if he is having a tete-a-tete with a friend. Despite his hectic schedule – he flew in from Paris the night before – a smile is perpetually on his lips, and he speaks lucidly in measured tones. And, unlike most high-profile personalities, he prefers not to be accompanied by minders during interviews, not even his wife, Maranda Barnes, who is director
of communications and business development for the company. This is a private conversation.

If one is taken with his gentility, Bouqdib, who’s French of Moroccan descent, has his upbringing to thank. His father, who was head of security operations for the Moroccan king, instilled in him values of discipline, hard work and respect, while his mother, who worked for the embassy, helped him to learn diplomacy, empathy and social communication.

“I believe your childhood is very important. It shapes the kind of person you become,” says the 44-year-old.

These deeply rooted values, along with a devotion to his craft, are undoubtedly key to the phenomenal success of TWG Tea, which he founded with Hong Kong-born Indian businessman Manoj Murjani in 2007. It now has an annual turnover of over US$50 million (S$63 million). Its teas are distributed in 42 countries and it has 27 stores worldwide, with another 12 scheduled to open before the end of the year.

Taha Bouqdib with his son, Adam, in Paris.

THE START OF THE AFFAIR
Living in Morocco, Bouqdib had his first taste of green tea at the age of 12, a gift from the Chinese Embassy near his home. He remembers finding the toasted taste of the drink strange, as the beverage is typically drunk in Morocco with an infusion of fresh mint and a lot of sugar.

It was only later, when a friend recommended him for a job at a French tea company, that he fell head over heels.

Bouqdib recalls the moment when he first stepped into the warehouse: “I was amazed by the different flavours. I felt I had entered into a world that’s mine.”

It was a coup de foudre, he says, meaning “love at first sight”, or literally, a lightning bolt. “I knew that this was the product I would work with for the rest of my life.”

The then 23-year-old international-law student was so convinced that he defied family tradition – his father had worked for the king, and now so do four of his siblings – and ventured into the tea business.

“Palace work was interesting but it was not in my destiny. When it’s not your destiny, it’s not your destiny,” he says simply in the softened English
of one who grew up speaking French and Arabic.

During the 15 years that he worked at the French tea company, Bouqdib learnt everything he could about the industry. He never felt like an employee and spent his holidays visiting plantations in India and Japan with his own money, to the bemusement of his colleagues.

A chance meeting of minds with Murjani at a Parisian teahouse in 2004 led to a friendship and a great deal of discussion over the next two years about creating something revolutionary in the tea industry. They wanted to make tea an affordable indulgence; one that is associated with high-end fashion and a luxurious lifestyle.

It was fortunate then that in 2007, when Bouqdib first visited Singapore, where Murjani was based, he fell in love with it immediately. “I made my decision during the journey from the airport to the city. I was amazed by the beautiful flowers in the middle of the road and I knew that this place was ready for what we wanted to do.”

The strictness of Taha Bouqdib’s father was balanced by the warmth of his mother, who taught him how to get along with people.

THE RISE AND RISE OF TWG TEA
The pair set up three factories and one large central kitchen from the get-go. Says Bouqdib: “From day one, we never built this for just one city. We planned for a global brand. We knew exactly what we were doing.”

While the company is barely six years old, the people behind it have several decades of experience combined. Bouqdib himself has worked with teas for more than two decades and knows the tea business inside out. Its managing director is a restaurant-management specialist with over 25 years in the industry, while its executive chef has been in the patisserie business for more than 30 years and has a cult following in France.

Indeed, despite opening the first store in 2008 in the middle of the financial crisis, the business took off and it sold 650 tonnes of tea in the first year. Bouqdib believes this is because tea is an “affordable luxury”. A designer handbag may be extravagant during a downturn, but a cup of tea can be enjoyed for a few dollars.

The company strives to set itself apart from other tea brands by staying fresh and fashionable. Bouqdib personally ensures that the company is constantly changing and innovating, and travels widely to seek inspiration for new ideas.

As the creative eye behind the company’s concepts, packaging and interior design, he visits fashion capitals around the world and attends couture shows to discover the latest trends, colours and styles. He then incorporates them into TWG Tea’s packaging and design to raise its appeal among young, modern tea drinkers.

A master tea blender, he visits cafes and patisseries for ideas on how to work with different ingredients, such as cinnamon, orange or chocolate, and how to use them to fashion new blends of teas. The result: TWG Tea has a staggering variety of single-estate fine-harvest teas and exclusive blends – more than 800 to date – and unveils at least 50 new teas each year.

“I need to absorb everything like a sponge and then I go back, squeeze everything out, and start again,” says Bouqdib, who believes it is imperative to keep an ear to the ground. “I want to know and feel what the market is looking for. We need to stay ahead and to build a brand that people feel belongs to them.”

The privately owned company has been repeatedly courted by global corporations, but eventually partnered lifestyle giant Osim International, which holds a 45 per cent stake in TWG Tea.

While some may wonder why it chose to work with the Singapore-based company instead of a multinational conglomerate, Bouqdib is convinced that this was the right decision. Besides being impressed by how its founder, Ron Sim, built his brand from scratch, he was also won over by Sim’s passion and straightforward ways. Most of all, Sim understood the importance of “moving in the same direction”, instead of trying to take over.

“TWG Tea is all about the personal touch. If you take that away, you’ll see the effects very quickly,” says Bouqdib. “I believe that if we had decided to go with another company, we won’t be in control of our business.”

Judging from the company’s rapid growth, this has paid off. While co-founder Murjani has since left, resigning last year to spend more time with his son who is studying in London, he remains a shareholder in the business – a testament of his confidence in TWG Tea.

The insistence on tea leaves of the best quality has earned Taha Bouqdib’s company a place at Harrods in London, where he is pictured here with then Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed in 2009.

CULTURAL INFUSION
It is an hour into the interview and Bouqdib shows no sign of flagging, despite having endured an 13-hour flight the night before. He combats jetlag by adjusting his sleeping pattern to the time zone of his destination as soon as he’s on the plane. And the Patek Philippe on his wrist today, which features local time in 24 cities, is good for just that.

Bouqdib is a collector and not just of luxury watches, which he is particularly passionate about (see below). He would happily wander through crowded flea markets – “the heart of every city” – looking for antiques. Once acquired, the item would be incorporated into his lifestyle, not reserved for display or be stored in cupboards.

He has everything from vintage chairs to old Japanese bowls and teapots, and enjoys using them every day – be it with his family, friends or simply on his own.

“I hate to buy something and then keep it in a drawer. You might as well put it in a museum. When you use something, you can learn from it, feel it and find inspiration from it. The product should serve you, not the other way around,” he says, adding that he had to convince his wife to do the same. She now shares his passion for using and enjoying their collection of antiques.

This practicality is also why Bouqdib wears only Dior suits. It has nothing to do with the brand, he insists. They simply fit him well and he likes everything from the comfortable material to the consistent quality and excellent customer service. For him, every detail counts.

He would love to have been born in 18th-century France because of the tremendous attention to detail that men and women in that era pay to everything – from their dressing and hair to their shoes. In fact, although he has visited museums in Paris and Versailles countless times, he finds it’s not enough. “There are just so many details to admire,” he says.

Bouqdib is behind the packaging of TWG Tea. He decided on yellow as the signature colour because Chinese emperors wore it.

A GENTLEMAN’S CODE
But one does not become a successful businessman on love for art and culture alone. Bouqdib also means business and runs a tight ship. His strict upbringing had inculcated in him a deep sense of respect for rules and discipline. The important position that his father held meant that he and his family were always under public scrutiny.

“We could never do anything bad, even if it was something small, like crossing the road when the traffic light’s red,” recalls Bouqdib. “My father was like a lion in the forest. He was extremely strict, like a policeman. For him, black is black and white is white.”

It also meant that he expected the best from his children, even giving the royal military-school that his son attended strict instructions to show him no mercy during his training. While it was tough, Bouqdib is thankful for the experience.

“I’m very happy because I can take what I learnt and use it in my business. Without discipline, there will be many holes, even if things seem to be running well. You’ll never be safe. But with discipline, you have control and you can sleep without doubts.”

This code of ethics shapes the way he runs the company. Bouqdib is particular about punctuality and loathes paying suppliers late. He believes in upholding standards in all areas, even dress code, and was appalled when he saw drivers arriving for work in T-shirts and jeans. “How can a gentleman dress like that? Discipline is important, even if you’re not meeting customers.”

He himself is perpetually in a suit but, perhaps, a better hint of his gentility lies in his easy grace. He treats others with respect, looking them in the eye and giving them undivided attention, as he’s doing with me, despite several interruptions. The only time he gets angry with his staff, he says, is when they try to cover up a mistake and troubleshoot it themselves. Even then, he doesn’t raise his voice or put them down, preferring to remain calm and think things through – with a cup of tea in hand.

“When you face a problem, you need to calm down, take things step by step and manage the stress. If it controls you, you can’t think properly or make the right decisions,” he says, and adds that drinking tea cultivates patience, as it takes time to steep a cup of tea.

Clearly, he is made for this business. It is, and always will be, his first love. He declares that he will never sell his shares in the company; on the contrary, he wants to buy more, adding half-jokingly that if his partners ever consider selling their stake, he will be waiting with his chequebook. That’s understandable – when you’re in love, it’s hard to share.

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90,000 The most expensive tea in the world

When we consider the most expensive vodka in the world or, for example, the most expensive cheese in the world , often a bottle of vodka is sprinkled with diamonds and the cheese is wrapped in gold foil. Those. directly to the properties of the product itself, the price does not matter. It is nonsense!

But with the most expensive tea in the world, everything seems to be fair. You can imagine a kilogram of tea for which you would pay a MILLION DOLLARS! This is how it should be?

Well, for example…

1. Da-Hong Pao tea: $ 1.2 million per 1 kg

The real king of teas! The name literally means “big red mantle”. Da-Hong Pao is a variety of Wuyi Oolong Chinese tea. It is believed to be one of the great secrets of the Ming Dynasty. Rumor has it that the sick mother of the emperor was healed by this mysterious tea. The emperor sent his people to find healing tea. On Mount Wuyi, they found four magic tea bushes, three of which have survived to this day.A truly legendary tea. It has medicinal properties and is a valuable Chinese national treasure. It is offered as a gift to guests of honor. Da-Hong Pao tea cannot be found commercially.

Da Hong Pao’s production process is carried out in several stages:

– Collection. Raw materials are harvested once a year from May 1 to May 15. A branch with the first 4 leaves is torn off.

– Drying. Raw materials are laid out in the open air or in a ventilated area in thin layers for several hours so that they lose some of the moisture and become soft, suitable for further processing.

– Crumpling and fermentation: the leaf is carefully crumpled by hand (or in large rotating drums) so that juice is released from it and oxygen gets into the leaf (which accelerates fermentation). After that, the leaves are left for some time directly for fermentation.

– Roasting: the master determines when to stop fermentation, and then the leaf is sent to roasting, which destroys the enzymes, stops the fermentation process. Roasting takes place in a hot kettle for a few minutes.

– Longitudinal twisting.

– Final drying. It is done so that excess moisture leaves the sheet and its shape is fixed. After that, a semi-finished product is obtained, which is called Mao Cha (毛茶).

– Tearing off cuttings. Throughout the summer, the peasants tear off the leaves from the cutting, sort it and blend it.

– Slow heating over coals (Hong Bei 烘焙). This is the final stage in the production of cliff teas. For about a day, tea is warmed up in special wicker baskets over coals.The heat temperature is regulated by a layer of ash over the coals. Coals change several times during the entire time.

– Packing.

Here we discussed in more detail the most expensive tea in the world https://masterok.livejournal.com/2967119.html

Okay, let’s say this is some kind of historical or tourist fetish and the price itself is also for the select rich …

But there are also less expensive teas, but also incredibly expensive !!!

2.PG Tips diamond tea bag: $ 15,000 for one tea bag

In 2005, on the occasion of its 75th anniversary, the famous British tea company PG Tips launched a series of tea bags decorated with diamonds. The price of such a bag is $ 15,000. Each one is hand-decorated with 280 diamonds of the finest quality by Boodles jewelers and filled with Silver Tips Imperial tea from Makibari Estate. The money raised went to a charity in Manchester.

Well, again, “decorated with bryulik”. We throw it out of our rating!

How about this one? The price is not that high, but still …

3. Panda Dung Tea: $ 70,000 per kg

Panda Dung literally means “panda feces”. This is the secret to the awfully expensive tea. Pandas feed exclusively on wild bamboo, but they absorb only 30% of the nutrients, and the remaining 70% is excreted in their feces. However, don’t think that tea is panda droppings.It’s just used to fertilize tea trees. It all started when a Chinese entrepreneur decided to grow tea on Mount Ya’an in Sichuan province, and used panda feces for fertilization. He soon noticed that the taste of this tea is different, and people are ready to pay big money for such a product.

That coffee beans are picked out of feces “forgot the animal”, and now it means tea from Panda. Also some kind of nonsense – extreme for tourists.

Skip…

4. Vintage Wuyi Oolong Narcissus Tea: $ 6500 per kg

A 20-kilogram box of rare Narcissus Wuyi Oolong Tea attracted great attention at an auction in Hong Kong in November 2013. It is more than half a century old and has its own history. It was exported from China’s Wuyi to Singapore in 1960. Traveling from hand to hand, the box returned to Hong Kong, where it was purchased by a Malaysian-Chinese collector. Narcissus Oolong is considered one of the finest Chinese teas.The leaves are harvested from Mount Wuyi in Fujian province. The tea got its name in honor of the Greek myth of Narcissus.

Well, as I understand it, this is some kind of a single copy in a box, which was somehow miraculously assembled. Also not a mischief!

5. Tieguanyin Tea: $ 3000 per kg

Named after the Iron Goddess of Mercy (Buddhist deity), Tieguanyin is an Oolong tea, a blend of semi-fermented black and green teas. It has a characteristic chestnut flavor and heavy, hard crunchy leaves.Tieguanyin tea began to be prepared in the 19th century in Fujian province. Its preparation technology is very complex and includes several dozen stages. After harvesting, the leaves are dried in the sun, cooled, dried again with some oxidizing agents, then curled, fixed, dried again, and then fried and saturated with aroma. The leaves can be infused seven times and the tea will not lose its aroma.

Well, this is even more or less. If to obtain a property it takes a long time and dreary to do something manually, then it can of course be expensive.

What’s next in the ranking?

6. Golden tea heads: $ 3000 per 1 kg

Tea is collected on only one mountain in the world just one day a year. To collect it, use gold scissors to cut off the top of the tea tree. The tea heads are sun-dried and then stored in closed containers where they release the polyphenols they contain, turn yellow and begin to emit a mild floral scent. After that, the tea leaves are dyed with 24-karat gold, making the drink shimmery.In Asia, it is believed that the precious metal has a very good effect on humans. This is truly an imperial tea, and it is not so easy to find it. TWG Tea Company sells it only in Singapore. And you can only buy it online.

Well, here’s gold again, and probably again out of business!

Poo Poo Pu-Erh Tea: $ 1000 per kg

Pu-Erh Tea is a type of fermented tea with a rich flavor that only intensifies and becomes more valuable over time.It is produced in the Yunnan region of China. The taste of Pu-Erh is not much different from ordinary tea, but it is perhaps the most unusual tea the world has ever seen. Visually, it looks like a handful of dry leaves, but in fact it is the droppings of several species of insects. These insects do not feed on anything other than tea leaves all their lives. Taiwanese farmers collect their feces with tweezers and a magnifying glass. The result is a tonic tea with medicinal properties. A real delicacy, invented by Chinese doctors in the 18th century and given to Emperor Qianlong as an expensive gift.

Here at least again someone’s feces, but at least the price is almost “democratic”.

8. Gyokuro tea: $ 650 per kg

According to the processing methods, the tea is classified as Sencha, a type of unshaded Chinese teas, but in fact Gyokuro tea is classified as shaded. It is hidden from the sun for two weeks before harvesting. This method increases the level of amino acids in the leaves. The name Gyokuro literally translates to “precious dew”.The brewed tea has a characteristic rich taste and aroma, and the color of the drink is pale green. It is grown only in the Japanese Uji region. The price of tea is $ 650 per 1000 grams.

9. Silver Tips Imperial from Makaibari Tea Estate: $ 400 per kg

Known for its original aroma and color, Darjeeling tea grows in the region of the same name at the foot of the Himalayas at an altitude of 1600 to 2600 meters. Makaibari is considered the oldest manor in India (in the Darjeeeling region) and the first tea factory in the world to produce a large number of organic teas, but the most valuable of them is Silver Tips Imperial.Harvested on the full moon, intertwined with silver stripes, the tea is a patented product of the Makaibari Tea Estate. Its cost is $ 400 per 1000 grams.

10. Tienchi flower tea: $ 170 per 1 kg

Tienchi is a type of ginseng that grows in southwestern China. Both the root and flowers of this plant are used in medicine. Tienchi flower tea is considered one of the healthiest in the world. Its scientific name is Panax notoginseng.The Latin word “Panax” means “I treat everything.” It has been used for centuries to treat insomnia, dizziness, and skin rashes. Tea has powerful detoxifying properties. Tienchi flowers resemble tiny broccoli inflorescences and are highly prized throughout Asia. Harvested only in Yunnan province, tea has a cool mint aroma and a ginseng scent.

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