We held a an exclusive tea tasting this week at the Vista, on the Trafalgar hotel roof terrace in London, Arguably one of London’s best roof terrace bars and a beautiful contemporary boutique hotel; and were blessed with good weather and a great crowd. There were a number of questions about tea in general and our range that came up again, which we thought may be useful to include in a blog. Read the rest of this entry »
News Tagged ‘Black Teas’
In addition to the already successful retail range of teas sold in in stores like Harvey Nichols in London, Chateau Rouge has launched an extended range of teas packed in smaller sizes. The new smaller pouches will be available in 10g, 50g, 100g and 250g resealable foil tea pouches for all our loose leaf teas. Read the rest of this entry »
We had a great time at the Bath Coffee Festival in Bath. It was our first trip out to that part of the country since launching in Harvey Nichols. It was a fantastic weekend, and always a pleasure to visit beautiful Bath! Through serving plenty of tea samples over the 2 days, running demonstration workshops and with having the opportunity to meet hundreds tea and coffee lovers alike; I thought it would be good to highlight the main questions asked about Speciality Leaf Tea. Tea popularity is definitely on the rise and a whole tea ‘re-education’ under way – a journey of tea discovery and hopefully discovering something remarkable along the way. After all it is a journey not a destination! Read the rest of this entry »
Tea is a work of art and needs a master hand to bring out its noblest qualities - Okakura Kakuzo, The Book of Tea
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?
A brief history of the tea bag… In 1908, Thomas Sullivan, an American tea merchant, began distributing samples of his tea in small bags of Chinese silk with a drawstring. Consumers noticed that they could simply leave the tea in the bag and re-use it. It was not however till the 1950’s that Tetley’s commercialised the tea bag and launched it in the UK.
It proved an immediate success, as it was easy and convenient, making tea bags popular for many people today. Tea bags are normally made using fannings or “dust” – a by-product from the sorting of higher grade loose leaf tea. Fannings are useful in bagged teas because the greater surface area of the many particles allows for a very fast, complete diffusion of the tea into the water – producing a stronger, harsh flavour when brewed. It is not always possible to fit larger tea leaves into small tea bags without breaking the leaves in the production process.
In summary, the real benefits of loose leaf tea vs. tea bags:
Dried tea can lose its flavour quickly on exposure to air. Tea bags that contain leaves broken into small pieces have a greater surface area to volume ratio of the leaves that exposes them to more air, and therefore causes them to go stale faster. Loose tea leaves are likely to be in larger pieces, or to be entirely intact which means they remain fresher for longer.
With loose leaf tea there is no problem of ‘tasting the teabag’. Using a good quality infuser or teapot ensures you don’t have the residual taste left by a paper tea bag.
Whole leaf tea retains most of the natural oils in the tea leaf. Breaking up the leaves for bags loses many of the natural flavoured oils in the leaf that give the tea its unique taste.
The tea leaves have enough room to open up and release their full flavour. The small size of the bag does not allow leaves to diffuse and steep properly.
With leaf tea there is no temptation to squeeze the tea bag against the side of the mug, which will release more tannins and makes a very bitter cup.
There are no tea bags to recycle, and no risk of being exposed to the carcinogenic glues or coatings used on some tea bags.
Lastly, as you can see the tea leaves unfurl in your teapot or cup, you know exactly what tea you drinking. You can even experiment by mixing your own teas, for example green tea and spearmint or Rooibos and Honeybush, make a fantastic blend.
Château Rouge are purveyors of fine, premium, specialist and luxury leaf teas that are sourced from around the world. Chateau Rouge Luxury Teas Ltd, Coppergate House, 16 Brune St, London E1 7NJ, England. Company No.5489120
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Château Rouge will be exhibiting its bespoke range of specialist and luxury teas at The London Coffee Festival this weekend. The popular yearly festival is a celebration of not just coffee, but tea and food experiences that relate to the art of consuming a delicious hot beverage.
Spread across six areas: Hyde Park, Soho, Shoreditch, The Hub, The Plantation and The Lab, each ‘themed zone’ offers a unique coffee, tea and food experience.
The festival is essentially a celebration of London’s vibrant coffee, tea and gourmet food culture and is estimated to attract over 10,000 enthusiasts. Niche tea specialist Château Rouge will share its tea expertise and showcase its passion for the humble leaf that has so much to offer.
There will also be artisan coffee, gourmet food and drinks, barista demonstrations and interactive activities all weekend at the festival.
The event also includes live music performances from local artists and a range of fun competitions such as the ‘Out of the Box’ experience – a nine-bar cycling challenge and ten-bean bowling alley.
Château Rouge will join not just the big player in the world of tea and coffee, but similar innovative companies that share a genuine passion for their product – the likes of Flat White, Sacred and Nude Espresso.
Plus, this is all for a good cause with profits raised destined for the Project Waterfall, a world charity that aims to deliver clean water projects in Africa’s coffee-growing nations.
The London Coffee Festival is held from 8-10 April 2011. For more information visit londoncoffeefestival.com.
Château Rouge are purveyors of fine, premium, specialist and luxury teas that are sourced from around the world. Chateau Rouge Luxury Teas Ltd, Coppergate House, 16 Brune St, London E1 7NJ, England. Company No.5489120 Website by Banksthomas part of the Spinach Group
Green Teas | Oolong Tea | Black Teas | Tisane Teas | Jasmine Green Tea | White Monkey Green Tea | Formosa Pouchong Oolong Tea | Sikkim Temi Black Teas | Fikkal Lam Black Teas | Imperial Earl Grey Teas | Wideouw Rooibus Tisane | Wild Harvest Honeybush Tisane