5 Rare Teas You Need to Try

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5 Rare Teas You Need to Try

Tea is one of the most popular drinks. It has been around for thousands of years. There are many different types of tea that you can choose from - green tea, black tea, white tea, yerba mate tea - but there are some rare teas that have a unique flavor to them. In this blog post, we will explore 5 rare teas that you need to try.

Some of these teas have been around for a long time. They have evolved and changed over time, but we cannot deny that they are still pretty rare. This is why you should try them out at least once in your life if you can.

Here is a quick list of 5 rare teas we will be discussing:

  • White Peony Tea
  • Honey Bush Tea
  • Yunnan Gold Tips
  • Yaupon Holly Tea
  • Da Hong Pao

Below is more information about each of these rare teas. 

White Peony Tea

This rare tea comes from the Fujian province in southern China. White Peony is only harvested for a short period of time during the spring season, which is why you can not find it year-round anywhere! Despite being so difficult to come by, this tea has been consumed since ancient times as a symbol of good health and fortune.

White peony is an iced or hot green tea that tastes slightly sweet with hints of chestnut flavor at the end. The leaves are very tender and light-colored with delicate veins running through them. To fully enjoy white peony's qualities, make sure to serve it without any additions such as sugar or lemon because those will mask its natural flavors from you.

Honey Bush Tea

This rare variety comes from South Africa, where honey bush is made of a combination of honeybush and rooibos (red bush) leaves. The result is a decaffeinated, naturally sweet tea that's delicious on its own or mixed with other varieties such as chai or green to create your own unique blend.

This tea also has an interesting story behind it. Apparently, in the 1970s, school children were given honey bush tea during exams to keep them awake and focused. Honey bush tea would make a great alternative to sugary soft drinks or heavily caffeinated coffee drinks. 

Yunnan Gold Tips

This special variety of black tea hails from China, where some claim it has been used as early as the Tang Dynasty for medicinal purposes. Its taste is almost smoky - but not too smoky, so don't worry about coughing up a lung after sipping this one down. Yunnan gold tips are great iced and stay fresh for several days due to their lack of caffeine content, which makes them perfect for those hot summer months without having to resort to sugary drinks full of empty calories.

Yaupon Holly Tea

Yaupon holly tea is a rare tea that comes from the Yaupon holly, which is a type of plant that grows in the southeastern part of North America. The tea was once used by Native American Indians to purify water and it's been drunk for generations, but now people are beginning to take interest in its taste as well, making this one rare find worth trying out at least once.

Yaupon Holly tea will be enjoyed by those who prefer the taste of green tea but are looking to switch things up a bit. It has an earthy flavor that is low in tannins which makes it stand out from other types of teas, giving this one rare find worth trying at least once.

Da Hong Pao

Finally, one last rare beauty worth mentioning is Da Hong Pao. This tea comes from the Wuyi Mountains in the northern part of Fujian Province, China. It takes about 30 years to make this tea, which makes it a rare pick for anyone looking to buy a quality cup of tea.

Da hong pao is a type of tea made from the leaves and buds of the plant, camellia sinensis. Da hong pao is named after its dark red (da) loose leaf appearance which comes from growing in shaded conditions for three to four weeks before it's plucked off the vine. The price tag will be high, but that doesn't mean you can't try this rare find at least once.

5 Rare Teas

Whether you’re a tea connoisseur or just looking for something new to try, these rare teas are ones you should consider trying. Which one will you choose?

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