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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2677

Hotel serving cup of tea' that costs £500 for a pot

By Lakshman Ratnapala
Colombo, 17July (Asiantribune.com):

A HOTEL that's just across the road from Buckingham Palace has added an astounding £500 pot of tea to its menu. And despite paying the hefty sum, you still need to fork out for scones and sandwiches.

Five-star hotel The Rubens at The Palace is right opposite The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace.

To make the most of its regal position, the property already offers a Royal Afternoon Tea, albeit at the more reasonable £45 per person.

But now the posh hotel has added the new Ceylon Golden Tips, a special blend created for the property by specialist tea merchants PMD Tea.

The tea is so rare and expensive because it's produced in the highlands of Sri Lanka and had historically been available only to royals.

Expert pickers would head to the hill tops at sunrise, where they only picked the small, succulent shoots of the prized tea plant by hand.

According to PMD's website, where the merchant sells a similar tea at a fraction of the price, "The secret behind Golden Tips is the steeping of the freshly plucked bud in a cup of the highest quality Ceylon Orange Pekoe.

"The black tea stains the silvery white hairs on the bed giving the buds its unique golden colour."

Back in 1891, the tea was sold for £10,12 s. 6d per lb - or the equivalent of £1,260 in today's prices.

- Asian Tribune -

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