We would like to congratulate the winner of our Prestat luxury chocolate Easter egg competition – Mawgen Baber from London, England! We are all very jealous as we have been looking at this delicious 454g truffle filled egg all week long. Thank you again for everyone who entered the competition! We wish you better luck next time and hope you have a happy Easter!
News Tagged ‘Black Tea’
Having already enjoyed Chateau Rouge’s Rooibos teas, I just had to try their Ferguson’s Ceylon black tea when I heard it received the ‘Great Taste’ Gold Award 2012! So on went my explorer’s hat and off I went to find out where on earth Ceylon was and what I thought of this award winning tea… Read the rest of this entry »
Always fascinated by stories of intrigue, adventure and inspired by history with Chateau Rouge we wanted to create a brand that not only encaptulates a history and heritage, with stories of discovery, but also a personal touch. In looking at aspects to incorporate in the designs, we wanted to include objects or images that may well have a personal connection or tell a real story, rather than just make one up. The Nepal Fikkal Ilam tea packaging is one such product and tells the story of Sean Farrell’s great Aunt, from Johannesburg in South Africa. Read the rest of this entry »
Many myths – and recipes – surround Earl Grey, whose distinctive flavour and aroma come from combining black teas with oil extracted from bergamot rind (produced from the bergamot orange, a small citrus tree grown only in southern Italy). The history of arguably England’s most famous tea dates back to the 1830′s. Earl Grey is named after the British Prime Minister Charles, 2nd Earl Grey (1830-1834). Read the rest of this entry »
Lorraine was not feeling well this afternoon and had to entertain two of her lady friends who came over for afternoon tea. Being the ‘house of Chateau Rouge’ they asked for the best teas possible, which lead into a discussion of all the options available…and guess what…they chose Earl Grey. Not such a masculine tea after all, must be the flowers!
Back again after a few weeks trying some fantastic first flushes from Darjeeling. We thought its a great opportunity to tell you about our little secret… Sikkim Temi 1st flush. Like with all our teas we go to great lengths to choose teas with a story, and the Sikkim Temi is a tea that is no different. It comes from the only tea estate in Sikkim, a government owned estate that has been producing fantastic teas since the 1960′s. Not only are teas from Temi as good as neighbouring Darjeeling, but what makes this tea even more special is the surroundings… Read the rest of this entry »
It’s first flush season again and the new season samples have been coming in over the last few weeks. We’ve all been happily tasting them all, and already deciding on our favourites for the season! But what consititutes a ‘First Flush’ and how is this tea different from other teas?
With the amount of tea available online and in-store one cant help but feel overwhelmed by it all. There is a massive selection of teas to choose from: from the more exotic green teas, yellow teas or red teas to the more ‘standard’ black teas, not to mention white tea, rooibos, honeybush or even oolong. Tea is getting more sophisticated! But where do you start and is price really that important or is the more expensive tea, just in more expensive packaging?
Many myths and recipes surround English Earl Grey black tea, whose distinctive flavour and aroma come from combining various black teas with oil extracted from bergamot rind.
Earl Grey is named after the British Prime Minister Charles, 2nd Earl Grey (1830-1834). Legend has it while on a diplomatic mission to China; a mandarin confided the recipe in gratitude for saving his son’s life. Read the rest of this entry »
Afternoon tea is back in fashion and hotels across London regularly have queues running down the street for afternoon tea. With prices ranging from £15 to as much as£ 80 at the Ritz Carlton, afternoon tea is not cheap. But then again, it never was intended for the working classes! So where did the tradition of afternoon tea first come from, and what does it mean? We have the 7th Duchess of Bedford to thank for creating the tradition of afternoon tea.
In the early nineteenth century tea was very popular and tea consumption in the UK was increasing dramatically, much like today tea was being discovered as not only a thirst quencher but as a way to get through the afternoon and avoid that sinking feeling mid-afternoon.
The Duchess of Bedford, Anna, is said to have complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon. At that stage, in the early nineteenthcentury, it was then normal for people to have only two meals a day, breakfast and dinner in the evening. The Duchess decided a good solution was to have a pot of black tea with milk and a light snack late afternoon. She used to have afternoon tea privately in her boudoir, but soon friends were invited to join her in her in her rooms at Woburn Abbey for tea. This summer practice proved so popular that when she returned to London in the autumn, she continued to invite friends, sending them cards asking them to join her for “tea and a walking the fields.” Other social hostesses in London quickly picked up on the idea and the practice became respectable enough to move it into the drawing rooms across the country. Before long all of fashionable society was sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.
Traditionally, the upper classes would serve a ‘low’ or ‘afternoon’ tea around four o’clock, just before the fashionable promenade in Hyde Park. The middle and lower classes would have a more substantial ‘high’ tea later in the day, at five or six o’clock, in place of a late dinner. The names derive from the height of the tables on which the meals are served, high tea being served at the dinner table.
And that is the story of how afternoon tea came into fashion and how it has shaped over 200 years of English tradition. So if you one of an estimated 2 billion people watching the Royal wedding, between Prince William and Kate Middleton on the 29 April 2011, to celebrate why not partake in a very British tradition, celebrate withafternoon tea or high tea (it’s a special occasion). To make it even more special why not treat yourself with a Sikkim Temi from India, a colonial gem and tea fit for a king and queen.
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