that article is very ignorant of tea xD
come on...a tea bag...that is expensive because the diamonds not the tea!
their TKY isn´t the most expensive either.http://tea-obsession.blogspot.com/2007/ ... -many.html
http://teamasters.blogspot.com/2009/01/ ... ction.html
1) Ming Cong name - name for the group of 6 bushes. There are 6 single bushes (mother trees) still alive on the cliff of Tian Xin Cliff. These 6 bushes were sow from seeds, surviving centuries with its own individual genetic and flavor, even harvest time is different for each bush. Each bush is harvest individual and gone through a preliminary process, then combined all 6 together for final refined process (roasting), final product is about 1 kg each year. This is a blending technically speaking. 20g of DHP of these leave can be sold for $25k at auctions. The entire process is done by Wuyi tea research institute, we common tea drinkers will not have a chance laying our eyes on these precious leaves. They go straight to Zhong Nan Hai where the big shots are. Part of it is used for political purpose, such as the anual 20g DHP auction. Mao gifted half of his DHP to Nixon during his first visit to China in 1972, Nixon told his men that Mao was petty with such small quantity of tea. Little did he know, that's half of the "country" in Mao's words.
and old puerh can make gold look inexpensive gram for gram...
So, what could you buy if you had 1,097,600 RMB (160,000 USD) to spend on an old (80 years plus) tong with 7 cakes? This one achieved this record price. At 2190 grams, this means 73 USD per gram (while gold costs roughly 26 USD per gram). That means that this old puerh is 3 times as expensive as gold!