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Why is white tea more expensive than otehr tea?

Asked by KatawaGrey (21428points) September 21st, 2008

I have recently started drinking a fair amount of tea and I have noticed that white tea tends to be more expensive. I was just wondering if anyone knew why.

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asmonet's avatar

It’s a bitch and a half to make.

It’s hand picked, every leaf. And earlier in the season. Stuff like that jacks up price, as does supply and demand.

KatawaGrey's avatar

oooo, thank you. The stuff is so damn good, I will appreciate it a helluva lot more now.

asmonet's avatar

@Kat I would drink it, bathe in it, do everything in it if I could. I completely understand.

Snoopy's avatar

I am a lover of teas. I once thought that all tea is the same (the horror!!). I canNOT stand Twinnings tea now….blech. Amazingly I get some really great teas at discount stores for great prices…..I presume because they aren’t Lipton (ewww) or Twinnings, noone will buy them…...Lucky me!

asmonet's avatar

@Snoopy: Isn’t it a wide wonderful world of delicious you’ve found? Welcome to the club. :D

Snoopy's avatar

I came over to the other side when I studied overseas (UK). My return flight had me w/ a Whittard’s of Chelsea teapot firmly beneath my feet for the entire flight home. It is now in my kitchen on a shelf. My husband’s grandmother was positively giddy to find that I would take milk in my tea. (She immigrated from England to Canada and then ultimately to the USA).

asmonet's avatar

haha, that’s awesome. Just don’t go turning into me, I collect teapots made by artists or friends. It takes money and space. But oh how I love them. 6 more and I can do a teapot display wall uint top to bottom!

my fave is one made by a potter, rust flakes in the base and carvings of leaping fish, wings on the lid and piece of the artists rusted backyard fence as the handle. it’s badass.

torisecret's avatar

u guys should try redbush tea. its the best :)

Snoopy's avatar

Hmmmm. Never heard of it toris. It really is amazing how many great teas there are….

torisecret's avatar

There are so many. I love to taste test as much as I can. Redbush is hard to get but worth it. I first tried it 4 years ago when a friend from brought it from South Africa. Its great when u add just a little milk

asmonet's avatar

I’ve had it with milk! And you’re totes right.

I live about 30 minutes from the Capitol. That is the most amazing culinary melting pot you can find. I think it beats New York hands down. Lots of African restaurants. :) If you guys haven’t tried it yet, get off your asses and go!

KatawaGrey's avatar

I’m pretty new to the world of tea so all this discussion is making me giddy! I like Celestial Seasons the best, though I haven’t really tried any higher quality teas. I’m a poor college student, but I could probably convince some of my friends to go in for some expensive but yummy tea with me. :)

asmonet's avatar

THIS is your new holy land. They have tons of locations, you can buy loose leaf, and all kinds of accessories, and I have not found a local tea shop that beats their qualities. I buy everything there. I should add, I have tried every type they offer. Every.

You will not go back to Celestial Seasonings once you try it. Promise.

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