A luxury hotel across the street from Buckingham Palace is serving up something special for high tea.
The new brew is called Golden Tips, and it's a name fitting for the price tag. At $200 per gram, it costs four times as much as actual gold.
Guests who order the tea at London's Rubens Hotel get white glove service, with waiters carefully weighing the leaves before steeping them in hot mineral water. The brewing creates a rich golden hue in the beverage.
"It's really an art form. It's nature creating the flavor," said Dananjaya Silva of P.M. David Silva & Sons, which produces the tea.
The special leaves are grown in Sri Lanka, picked during the most perfect conditions and then dried on velvet cloth.