News Tagged ‘loose leaf tea’

The Magic Teapot – if we only had one…

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Chateau Rouge Loose Leaf Teas Magic Teapot

Recently ask the 3 magic questions on Twitter:

  • If you had a MAGIC TEA POT what would you drink in it? What loose leaf tea, or teabag?
  • What colour would you want the teapot to be? Black, Green, Red?
  • And most importantly, if you had 3 Magic WISHES (where anything was possible) what would they be?

What do you think the answers were?


WIN an Exclusive Luxury Easter Egg and Tea Hamper worth £100. LIKE/SHARE on Facebook by 26 March 2013 to WIN

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

We have partnered with Prestat luxury chocolates for a great chance to win a specially made HUGE 454g truffle filled Easter egg. PLUS we have selected two of our favourite Chateau Rouge Teas that best go with the milk chocolate egg, worth £100 in total. All you need to do is LIKE/SHARE the post on the Chateau Rouge Facebook page to have a chance to win. Remember you must be in it to win it!

Note: Only one entry per person. The winning prize includes: a specially made 454g (1lb) Prestat luxury Easter egg (, White Monkey green tea, Fikkal Ilam black tea and Swissgold tea infuser value £100. Winner chosen at random from Facebook entrants. Competition closes Tuesday 26 March 2013 24h00 GMT, to give us time to make sure you get your prize in time for Easter Sunday.


007…On Secret Mission to Tea…

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Maybe this has happened to you… Someone loves coffee. You love tea. You want to be more than co-hot-drinkers. If only your “someone” would share your sipping. It’s a hard road, to convert someone from one hot-drink preference to another. Not that you would presume to try such a thing. But what if you had a moment of naughty intention, just for the sake of… you know, bonding over loose leaves?

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Making of Earl Grey, a history of England’s most famous tea

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

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 »


It only takes 3 minutes to make the perfect cup of tea

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Chateau Rouge Earl Grey TeaWe got a new mantle clock and looking at the lovely bright design I remembered the Press Event tea tasting at Harvey Nichols this last week. One question that comes up again and again…so how do you make the perfect cup of tea? Well its really simple, it takes only 2-3 minutes. Read the rest of this entry »


Top 5 Speciality Tea Questions everyone asks

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Chateau Rouge Speciality Tea at Bath Coffee Festival

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 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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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

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