x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

TWG’s pot of gold-coated tea has steep price: Dh998

For those Dubai residents that like a posh cuppa –  the gold-coated ‘yellow gold tea’ at Dh998 a pot could be the brew for you.

The TWG Tea Salon & Boutique has two locations in Dubai; this one is at The Dubai Mall. Jaime Puebla / The National
The TWG Tea Salon & Boutique has two locations in Dubai; this one is at The Dubai Mall. Jaime Puebla / The National

Tea was once so revered, costly and rare that it was offered only as a gift to Chinese emperors and courtiers, a product as elite as it was noble. Nowadays, tea is the most popular manufactured drink in the world in terms of consumption, equalling all other manufactured drinks in the world – including coffee, chocolate, soft drinks and alcohol – put together.

But the luxury tea brand TWG Tea Salon & Boutique is trying to put the reverence back into tea. All their teas are hand-picked, and tea bags are made of 100 per cent cotton material.

For those customers in search for something a little more superior, the gold-coated “yellow gold tea” at Dh998 a pot could be the brew for you.

Available at the brand’s two locations, in The Dubai Mall and Dubai Festival City Mall, the 24-carat gold isn’t just used to make the tea sparkle. In China, the restorative properties of gold are still honoured in rural villages, where peasants cook their rice with a gold coin to replenish the mineral in their bodies.

In the past, this yellow ginseng tea was reserved for Chinese emperors, and grown on only one hillside in Sichuan province. It is harvested on one day of the year using golden scissors, cutting only the yellow tea buds at the top of the plant.

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique’s tea connoisseur Taieb Charif, a Frenchman living in Singapore, admits the tea is a hot talking point in the salon where he works. “Ninety per cent of customers I talk to like to talk about this tea. But because of the price tag, it’s only drunk by the few people who can afford to buy it.”

Mr Charif is one of those lucky few who have tried the gourmet tea, so we asked him to describe the taste. “It has this mineral taste and a gentle hint of flowers, but really light. Even 30 minutes after drinking it, you will still have the taste of this tea in your mouth. I don’t understand how it tastes like that. It’s exceptional.”

To make your own cuppa at home, you can purchase 50g from the brand’s Dubai outlets for Dh3,150.

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