News Tagged ‘Fine Tea’

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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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 »


 

Why Chateau Rouge Luxury loose leaf tea is better than tea bags…

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

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

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 | Wiedouw Organic Rooibos Tea Tisane | Wild Harvest Honeybush Tisane


 

Rooibos, the worlds healthiest tea from Chateau Rouge Luxury Teas

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Rooibos may well be the best kept secret in the tea industry. Not only is Chateau Rouge Rooibos herbal tea or tisane unique as it is the only single estate Rooibos tea (or Redbush tea) sold in the UK, and a special long-cut leaf to ensure maximum flavour; but it is also possibly one of the healthiest teas to drink.

- Rooibos is 100% naturally caffeine free. Unlike caffeine free black tea it has not gone through a process to remove the caffeine, there is none at all to begin with. Most herbal tea drinkers incorrectly assume that green tea has no caffeine. Even green tea has caffeine, albeit only a small amount in comparison.

- Rooibos has no tannin. All other teas have tannin. Tannin interferes with absorption of iron into the bloodstream. Too much tannin in tea makes a bitter cup. For example, if you have ever drunk one of the commercially available black tea bag products in the UK, you will undoubtedly have discovered that it is too bitter to drink black. This is because the teas are high in tannin and need milk to neutralise the bitter taste. Rooibos tastes best if you just leave it stew, unlike other teas if you want a stronger cup of Chateau Rouge Luxury Rooibos Tea, you can leave it stew for as long as it takes to make a strong cup. 

- Chateau Rouge Rooibos is 100% Organic. Grown on the oldest and only one of 2 Organic Rooibos farms in South Africa the tea has been certified Organic by the UK Soil Association.

- Rooibos is packed full of antioxidants. Recent research points that Rooibos may contain more antioxidants than green tea. High in minerals including sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium and zinc Rooibos is purported to assist with nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems.

Try Chateau Rouge Luxury Rooibos Tea from the Wiedouw farm in the Cape – South Africa. They arguably produce the best Rooibos in the world.

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

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 | Wiedouw Organic Rooibos Tea Tisane | Wild Harvest Honeybush Tisane


 

Specialist bespoke teas by Château Rouge

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

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.

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