JD wrote:$190-$450 per kg?
You guys obviously have way too much money to spend.
I think I'll just stick to the cheap stuff or stuff I've purchased. I can't taste a difference in quality anyway.
A bottle of wine can cost $2000 and taste like a $10 bottle.
Quality seems to just mean a price people who have more than enough money are willing to pay.
You were asking here about the best quality TKY here, and were told what that may cost you. I would suggest that you try to educate yourself about Chinese tea, before putting people down.
Some, by the way, are not rich by any means, but simply love good tea. There are many reasons why high quality teas are more expensive than low quality teas, such as rarity, the expertise of the farmer and processor that goes into making these teas, the hand work involved, etc.
As to tasting the difference - i may beg to differ here as well. It takes skill, learning and patience, not to speak of the best possible utensils, and high quality water.
If you use your chlorinated water from the pipe and grannies old pot with some filter, the fine nuances of top quality teas will be lost. That's why tea lovers try to find the best possible Yixing pots they can afford, try to source the best water, etc