The exclusive, handpicked The Rubens Golden Tips Tea will set guests back a staggering $889 a pot [AUD] which serves just three cups.
According to the hotel, expert tea pluckers hand pick the tips of the small, succulent shoots of a special tea plant at sunrise. The buds are then sundried on a velvet cloth with the upmost care, turning the buds from silver to gold.
The Rubens’ afternoon tea team will give the Golden Tips Tea the five-star treatment 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 hotel's tea experts recommend sipping on the tea before tucking into sandwiches and scones in order to truly savour its delicate flavour.
Priced from $80 [AUD], The Royal Afternoon Tea is served in The Rubens’ Palace Lounge daily from midday until 5pm [and until 6pm on Saturday].