Here at The Republic of Tea, we know better than anyone the lasting appeal of a perfect Earl Grey or Green Loose Leaf tea, but there’s something to be said for rare teas. Rare teas are the showstoppers and conversation-starters.
Often when people think of rare tea, Pu-erh tea is what comes to mind. This is because Pu-erh is produced in small batches and aged in precise conditions that encourage natural bacterial fermentation, similar to a fine red wine. The process may not sound appetizing, but trust us when we say that Pu-erh tea delivers hauntingly delicious flavor, each sip an echo back in time to the town in the Yunnan Province of China from which it gets its name.
But there are other teas that are rarer. Here’s a rundown of some of the world’s most unique teas:
A Taste of Gold…
Most people enjoy and appreciate gold – it is a metal that makes for a nice wedding ring or anniversary necklace – but few would consider drinking tea made from gold-painted leaves. If you really want to impress your guests, you might stock up on Yellow Gold Tea Buds, a rare tea from Singapore that is actually painted in real gold. Or you could simply serve one of our most popular teas to win rave reviews without having to put metal in your mouth!
Da Hong Pao – Oolong Winner
This Wuyi oolong tea commands top dollar at the tea auctions in part because of its rich history that dates back to the Ming Dynasty. According to legend, a Ming emperor’s mother was cured of an illness by drinking this Da Hong Pao tea, and three of the original bushes from which the curative tea originated still exist. The tea is steeped in ancient legend, and we all know that a good story always makes for better-tasting tea!
For a tea that tastes like a million bucks but only costs a few, take a look at our Wuyi Oolong full-leaf tea.
This expensive Japanese tea is shaded for up to three weeks before harvesting, which results in a sweet flavor and distinct aroma. Gyokuro is a sencha tea made from leaves that are pampered from seedling to cultivation, and this premium tea sells for $65 per 100 grams. Try our delicious Sencha Kyoto Full-Leaf – a steal at only $18.50 for 50 cups!
The Republic of Tea’s Rare Teas
Although you will not find gold-leaf tea in our catalog, we do have a collection of rare teas that we’re quite proud of. Take, for example, our poetically-named Sky Between the Branches, a pure green tea harvested on the banks of Qiushiu River in the Wuyi Mountains of China. The poetry does not stop with the name – when you take your first sip of our Gu Zhang Mao Jian Tea you’ll taste the rhythm and meter of chestnut mingling with delicate grassy undertones, and maybe even a slant rhyme of silver.
To experience a rare 100% white tea, try our Silver Rain White Full-Leaf. Tea lovers will appreciate the gentle and delicate flavor of this silver needle white tea from China’s China’s Fujian Province.
Craving smoke and chocolate? You’ll find hints of both, as well as a touch of complex mystery, in our Keemun 1110 Full-Leaf rare tea. This tea is a proud winner in the North American Tea Championship Keemun Tea category.
We hope you enjoyed our brief glimpse into the top echelons of the tea world! Here at The Republic of Tea, we make it our mission to bring you the world’s best tea at a fair price so that you can enjoy cup after cup, day after day. After all, teatime is one of life’s great pleasures, and opportunities for pleasure in life should never be rare.