Hotel near Buckingham Palace serves $200 cup of tea

(CNN) — It’s no secret that the British are very serious about their tea.
Now a London hotel has taken this dedication to new heights by offering what’s been dubbed the UK’s most expensive cuppa.

The Rubens at The Palace is now serving a rare tea blend for £500 ($620) per pot, which works out to around $200 a cup.
Produced in the highlands of Sri Lanka, Golden Tips is hand-picked by expert tea-pluckers and sundried on a velvet cloth, which turns the buds from silver to gold.

The pricey tea is only available at The Rubens, where diners can sip it while overlooking The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace.
Described as “an extraordinary liquor and a smooth, light and mellow texture, with hints of fruity notes”, Golden Tips was sourced in collaboration with specialist tea merchants PMD Tea.
A pot can be bought alongside the hotel’s Royal Afternoon Tea menu, which costs around $55 per person.
Once ordered, the serving process involves something of a regal ceremony, which is perhaps just as well giving its staggering price tag.

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