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Wiedouw Single Estate Long-Cut Organic Rooibos – Exclusively available at Chateau Rouge Luxury Teas

Friday, July 6th, 2012

The Wiedouw Rooibos Tea Estate

Wiedouw Long-cut Organic Rooibos Tea is available exclusively at Chateau Rouge Luxury Teas. We sell the only true single estate long-cut Rooibos tea in the UK, and as far as we are aware are the only company importing and selling Rooibos direct from a tea farm in South Africa and not through brokers in Europe. Read the rest of this entry »


 

How to make tea, the Chateau Rouge Luxury Tea way

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Tea is a work of art and needs a master hand to bring out its noblest qualities - Okakura Kakuzo, The Book of Tea

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Chateau Rouge speciality teas – first flush Indian black teas

Monday, May 16th, 2011
Chateau Rouge Luxury Tea Harvesting in India

Chateau Rouge Luxury Tea Harvesting in India

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?

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Tea bags more expensive than an equivalent Chateau Rouge Luxury Tea

Monday, May 9th, 2011

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?

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Old Leeds Market building as taken for the Chateau Rouge Luxury Tea tasting

Sunday, May 8th, 2011
Leeds Market Chateau Rouge Luxury Tea Tasting 7 May 2011

Leeds Market Building - a truly remarkable building, and an architectural masterpiece

We absolutely fell in love with this building while in Leeds on Saturday for a tea tasting at Harvey Nichols. It’s an architectural gem and a timeless masterpiece! If only everything today lasts this long – something that keeps on getting more beautiful with time, rather than looking dated and out of fashion. Read the rest of this entry »


 

Luxury Tea Tasting at Harvey Nichols Leeds

Sunday, May 8th, 2011
Chateau Rouge Luxury Tea tasting Harvey Nichols Leeds

Harvey Nichols Arcade Entrance

We had a great day in Leeds on Saturday for a Chateau Rouge Luxury Tea Tasting at Harvey Nichols. The Jasmine Downy Tips was a favourite (as always) but pleasantly surprised that the Formosa Pouching was well received. Read the rest of this entry »


 

The secret behind Chateau Rouge Luxury Tea Blenders Imperial Earl Grey

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

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 »


 

The History of English Afternoon Tea with Chateau Rouge Luxury Teas

Monday, April 25th, 2011

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.

Château Rouge Teas, 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 inspired by a history of exotic delicacies

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Château Rouge was inspired by a time in history when traders brought exotic delicacies back from their travels from far away Asia and the Far East. On their return to Europe they would not just trade tea, but tales of another world so far away from most people’s reach, and stories and anecdotes that made the world seem so much more exciting.

Almost a thousand years ago a gifted Persian poet by the name of Ferdowsi Tusi wrote Shahnameh (Book of Kings) – an epic describing the mythical history of pre-Islamic Persia in beautiful rhyming stanzas.

The legend has it that Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi, in whose court Ferdowsi served, had promised a gold coin for every verse but when he saw the length of the Shahnameh he balked and refused to pay! Ferdowsi stormed out in anger taking his creation and eventually dying in abject poverty.

Much in the way Château Rouge has found inspiration, in the following millennium storytellers in tea houses up and down the country and across the sprawling empire would recite the epic of the hero of Shahnameh Rustam, who when he walked his boots sank into stone.

Later through consecutive conquest by the Moguls and Afghan tribes, through the dark times and happier days, Fersowsi’s heroic tale passed from one tea house to another, from one generation to another and from Persia across to India and beyond.

The Moguls introduced exotic Green tea to Persia, the Russians later brought aromatic Black tea brewed in coal-fired Samavars, from the very start tea cementing itself as the national drink.

As travellers and traders sat and listened and sipped tea they passed the epic of Shahmanesh. And so tea drinking became closely interlinked with story telling and poetry – a ritual that continues to this day.

Now no Iranian home is complete without a brewing pot or hot Samavar containing aromatic tea served in small glass cups, strong, black with a lump of sugar – with a copy of Shahnameh sitting close by on the shelf.

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

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Château Rouge exhibits luxury teas at The London Coffee Festival

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

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