The UK’s most expensive pot of tea is available at the prestigious Royal China Club, on Baker Street in London. Like a fine wine, the tea leaves of Da Honh Pao (Imperial Red Robe) are left to mature and gain flavour for 80 years before being served.
The legendary artisan tea leaves are extremely seasonal and can only be harvested on certain days of the year. Records of its existence date as far back as the early 18th century, during the Qing Dynasty, when the emperor Da Hong Pao was entitled "King of Tea" due to his love of the beverage. Due to its high quality, Da Hong Pao tea is usually reserved for honored guests in China.
The high grade oolong tea, served at exactly 95°c in Royal China Club, is handmade from tender leaves, withered, tumbled, curled and baked in small batches over charcoal to create an aromatic infusion with distinctive dark cocoa notes, a toasted fruity flavour and a long smooth aftertaste that lingers for a good few minutes after being consumed.
For tea lovers who can’t quite stretch to the £180 price tag, Royal China Club offers a range of 18 different types of artisan teas from different regions in China, starting from £4.80 for two.
The Royal China Group consists of six of London’s most authentic and prestigious Chinese restaurants, including the luxurious and critically-acclaimed Royal China Club.
Based in prime areas of London, the restaurants are centrally located on Baker Street, as well as in Bayswater, Fulham, Harrow-on-the-Hill and Canary Wharf.