Da Hong Pao tea (Big Red Robe) is a dark Wuyi rock tea grown in the Wuyi Mountains. It is a heavily oxidized, dark oolong tea. The highest quality versions frequently sell as the world’s most expensive tea. In China, they only service it on special occasions for honored guests.
It costs almost $1.400 for a single gram, or well over $10.000 for a pot. People have paid for up to $1.025.000 per kilogram or $35.436 per ounce.
Da Hong Pao is a Wuyi tea, formerly known by the trade name Bohea in English. It is a category of black and oolong teas grown in the Wuyi Mountains of northern Fujian, China. The Wuyi region produces a number of well-known teas, including Lapsang souchong and the Da Hong Pao mentioned in this post.
It has historically been one of the major centers of tea production in Fujian province and globally.
Wuyi teas is an expensive tea because of the distinctive terroir of the mountainsides where tea growers grow the tea. In addition, because of the lower yield produced by tea bushes in such terrain, the resulting tea can be quite costly. Moreover, tea made from the leaves of older bushes is particularly expensive and limited in quantity.
Da Hong Pao, collected from what are said to be the original bushes of its variety, is among the most expensive teas in the world, and more valuable by weight than gold.
Commercial-grade tea grown at lower elevations in the area accounts for the majority of the Wuyi tea available on the market. Cuttings of the original plants produce commercial Da Hong Pao tea.
Another expensive tea is Matcha green tea.