Wednesday, September 26, 2007

World's most expensive tea?

The Glendale Tea Estate in Tamil Nadu, India, sells one of its black teas for $600 a kilogram. The owners applied to the Guinness Book of World Records for status as the world's most expensive tea but were rebuffed.

Guinness officials told them that "a rare Chinese green tea called Tieguanyin, which costs 1,700 Yuan ($3,000) per kilo (per 2 lb 3 oz)," is currently recognized as the world's most expensive tea.

"Aha!" said the owners of Glendale Tea Estate. Theirs is a black tea, whereas Tieguanyin is a green tea. How can Guinness not have a separate category?

[The Glendale Tea manager] pointed out that there is a huge difference between black tea and green tea and cannot be compared under the same category.

I'm with him 100 percent on that point!

By the way, who on earth is buying all that tea at those prices? If anyone knows, would you kindly point them to

Our prices aren't so bad in comparison.

—Mellow Monk

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