The tea that costs more than 30 times its weight in gold

It’s incredible what some tea drinkers are prepared to pay for a pot of their favorite beverage:

“In 2002, a wealthy purchaser paid 180,000 yuan — almost $28,000 — for just 20g of China’s legendary Da Hong Pao tea. Even in a culture that’s valued tea drinking as an art form for around 1,500 years (and has a system of tea classification that makes French wine look simple), the price was astonishing.”

Astonishing, is putting it mildly. “Original Da Hong Pao doesn’t just cost its weight in gold — it costs more than 30 times its weight in gold: almost $1,400 for a single gram, or well over $10,000 for a pot. It’s one of the most expensive teas in the world.”

You absolutely wouldn’t want to knock the teapot over.