The Weirdest Teas in the World

If you’re an avid tea drinker, there’s a chance you may have tried some unusual varieties – perhaps you’ve switched up your typical black tea for a fruity berry one, or you’ve tried a tea that’s supposed to taste like chocolate or pie. These flavours may sound adventurous to some, but they pale in comparison to the weirdest teas we’ve stumbled across in our plentiful tea research at Green Lady. Read on to learn more about the most unusual (and in some cases, most unappealing) teas in the world!

Yak Butter Tea

This tea hails from the Himalayas, where it provides a comforting, nutrient-dense respite from the cold mountain air. The process of making a cup of yak butter tea is far more labour intensive than simply throwing a bag of PG Tips into a mug and turning the kettle on. It is typically prepared with a type of black tea called Pemagul, which comes in brick form. The leaves are broken up, soaked, boiled and steeped. Then, yak butter, milk and salt are poured into the pot, and a wooden churn is used to mix it all up. If you aren’t used to its oily texture, you might find yak butter tea off-putting – but when you consider that it’s a bit like a fragrant soup, it goes down much easier (or so we hear)!

Insect Dropping Tea

A traditional beverage in southwest China, insect dropping tea is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Insects eat and digest tea leaves, and then their droppings are steeped in water to brew an earthy, unique tea. It is known for its medicinal properties, which include aiding in digestion, treating high blood pressure and lowering blood sugar. It might not sound that appetising, but maybe it goes well with biscuits?

Garlic Tea

It’s true that any tea that isn’t derived from the Camellia sinensis plant isn’t technically a tea – herbal infusions such as mint tea, ginger tea and, of course, garlic tea are actually called tisanes. However, we’re willing to let the categorisation slide just this once, because of garlic tea’s weird popularity.

Garlic tea has become a bit of health trend lately, though it is said to have been a popular drink in ancient Greece due to its invigorating qualities. Today, people are drinking it because it reportedly helps with weight loss, provides an abundance of vitamins and antioxidants and lends natural antibiotic capabilities to the body. Worried about an overpowering garlic taste? Apparently, steeping the garlic with lemon, ginger and honey helps to balance its strong flavour, so you can experience the benefits of garlic tea without warding off any nearby vampires – or your friends.

While yak butter tea, insect dropping tea and garlic tea are all reported to have nourishing or healing properties, they’re definitely for the more fearless tea drinkers of the world – and we can’t promise that they’re tasty. If you want a tea that’s both different and delicious, look no further than Green Lady Sparkling Tea. Our fragrant, effervescent tea drastically departs from your standard English brew: we use Green Darjeeling leaves and infuse our drink with nutmeg, rose oil and carob fruit for the ultimate refreshing and energising tea. If you want a fun twist on your favourite comforting beverage, give Green Lady a go – but do let us know if you try that yak butter.