Is this the most expensive tea in the world?
The Rubens at The Palace hotel in London is now serving a £500 (US$627) pot of Golden Tips Tea, which can be sipped overlooking The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace.
Thankfully, the teapot serves three cups, so it enough to share between some very close friends. In collaboration with the specialist tea merchants PMD Tea, The Rubens offer PMD's fine Ceylon Golden Tips, exclusively to it,s guests. This rare tea blend is produced in the highlands of Sri Lanka where expert tea pluckers handpick the tips of the small, succulent shoots of a special tea plant at sunrise. The buds are then sundried on a velvet cloth, turning the buds from silver to gold.
This truly unique experience starts with the Rubens' afternoon tea team picking the Golden Tip leaves with gold tweezers and weighing them with precision. The tea will then be infused using still natural mineral water and poured from a special silver tea set with white-glove service. It has been recommended by The Rubens that you should sip the tea before tucking into sandwiches and scones in order to truly savour its delicate flavour.
The Royal Afternoon Tea is served in The Rubens' Palace Lounge daily from midday – 5 pm (and until 6 pm on Saturday). The Afternoon Tea is priced from £45 (US$56.4) per person, and The Rubens Golden Tips Tea is priced at an additional £500 per pot.