The London hotel that’s serving up an $890 pot of tea

You can now enjoy a cup of the world's most expensive tea.

If you are a tea connoisseur, you may want to get to The Rubens at The Palace hotel and indulge in a Royal Afternoon Tea with the UK's most expensive tea. 

Located in a very appropriate location, overlooking The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, the five-star hotel offers up this luxurious experience featuring freshly baked scones, pastries and finger sandwiches alongside the "Golden" tea.

An exclusive collaboration with specialist tea merchants PMD Tea, sees The Rubens offering its lucky guests PMD’s fine Ceylon Golden Tips, a rare tea blend produced in the highlands of Sri Lanka. Titled ‘The Rubens Golden Tips Tea’, a pot serving three cups is priced at £500 (approx. $890 AUD).

Why is it so expensive?

A lot of time and effort goes into producing these golden tea leaves. Expert tea pluckers hand pick the tiny shoots of a special tea plant at sunrise. After the buds are picked, they're sundried on a velvet cloth, which turns them form silver to gold. 

What does it taste like?

For those of us who aren't going to get to London to taste this delicacy, The Rubens Golden Tips Tea is described as having a smooth, light, mellow texture with hints of fruity notes.

The tea leaves can be infused up to three times, with the flavour profile changing each time for the drinker to enjoy a new depth of flavour - this is one tea you don't want to overbrew.

The experience

Just when you thought drinking this Golden Tips Tea was impressive enough, The Rubens rounds off the experience by using gold tweezers to pick the leaves and weigh them with precision. The tea will be infused using still natural mineral water and poured from a special silver tea set with white glove service. The Rubens recommends sipping on 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 – 5pm (and until 6pm on Saturday). The Afternoon Tea is priced from £45 (approx. $85 AUD) per person, and The Rubens Golden Tips Tea is priced at an additional £500 (approx. $890 AUD) per pot.

For more information about The Rubens Golden Tips Tea blend and the hotel’s Royal Afternoon Tea, please visit the hotel’s website.

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