The finest of the green teas, Yame Gyokuro is harvested just a couple of weeks a year from the Yame region of Japan. Known as liquid jade for its brilliant green hue, it's grown in the shade and packed with antioxidants. $160 for four ounces.
Keep your tea fresher longer with this artisan caddy, carved by craftsman Takao Asada from keyaki, a Japanese elm. A delicate, wooden leaf ingeniously serves as a tea scoop. $195
For the best tea, brew in a Japanese cast iron teapot. They radiate heat the best, and retain it the longest. Forrest Whitaker bought this teapot, handcrafted and signed by the artist, as a gift for Nelson Mandela. $750
Most tea has a limited shelf life, but 1992 vintage Pu Er is a black Chinese tea that has been aged like a fine wine in oak barrels in caves, giving it a mellow, rich body. "It's a treat after a meal, almost like a fine cognac," and aids in digestion, Barenholtz said. $80 for four ounces.