The finest tea leafs are almost all cultivated in wet and temperate climates. To create the most subtle of fragrances found in Château Rouge’s specialist teas, the soil must be damp, the days sunny and the nights wet with pouring rain – cleared away in the early hours by the cool mountain air. No matter where in the world, this is the ideal climate to grow healthy, delicate and fragrant tea leafs.
Château Rouge sources its specialist bespoke tea leafs from tea gardens all over world. The gardens producing the finest green teas can be found mainly in the mountains of China and Japan.
The best Chinese tea gardens remain shrouded in mystery. Some of these gardens – referred to as ‘sacred gardens’ are hidden away in the mountains of Anhui province and the high plateaus of southern China. It is said that some of these gardens are so sacred that guards petrol them day and night to obstruct intruders.
Tea gardens in the mountainous regions of Szechwan and Jiangsu cultivate some of the finest and rarest of green leafs such as the Lung Ching meaning dragon’s well and Pi Lo Chun, which roughly translates to ‘spiral of spring jade’ – the name says it all.
Château Rouge’s mission is to explore these sacred tea gardens and discover the very finest, the most delicately flavoured, and the most perfectly fragrant tea leafs.