180 pounds is a lot of money for a simple cup of tea, you may say and you’ll be right. However, the tea i want to talk about is everything but simple and easy to find. The Royal China Clubs in London offer the most expensive tea in the world. The leafs of the plant mature for 80 years in order to get the aroma and the specific taste which the VIP clients of the club are looking for. It’s brewed on 95 degrees Celsius. According to the sommelier of the China Club that’s the perfect temperature which “unlocks” all the qualities of the tea. Not managing the right temperature even slightly means ruining the tea.
Da Hong Pao, which is the name of the famous tea, was recognized as the best tea in the world by the Chinese emperor in the 18th century during Qing dynasty. The plant was called “Tea King” and even today there are just a handful of people who know the exact art of preparing the drink. Among the best masters are in London and many people who want to learn the art of the tea visit the London Royal China Clubs in order to discover the secrets of this exquisite beverage.
If you want to make your own tea, here is the recipe:
- Boil 100 grams of water to 95 degrees Celsius.
- Measure 1 teaspoon of tea to 4 parts of water.
- Use Yixing teapot to steep the tea. It’s better to use that teapot instead of larger one because of the higher concentration of leafes in the Yixing teapot and therefore the better taste of the tea.
- Steep for less than a minute. 40-50 seconds will be more than enough.
- Pour the tea in cups
- Save some tea for more infusions.