February 27, 2015

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Organic Wiedouw and Vanilla Rooibos Review - The Afternoon Tea Ladies

Chateau Rouge are a London based independent tea company.  They  import, pack and distribute speciality teas from around the world.  They are passionate about tea and want to celebrate it in all its diversity. So we were very keen to taste some of their products. View full article →
January 15, 2015

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Wiedouw Organic Rooibos Herbal Tea and Ceylon Black Tea Review

Like many bloggers, a steaming hot cup of tea is a necessary part of my daily routine. In fact, my housemate and I don't just have the odd box of tea. We have an entire cupboard crammed full of the stuff: Earl Grey, Lady Grey, English Breakfast, builders', peppermint, lemon and ginger, rooibos, chamomile, Darjeeling straight from India, chai, green tea, Dorchester anniversary blend. You name it, we've probably got it. What's more, over the years my tastes have become more refined.While a hot cup of Clipper and milk is one of my staples, increasingly I've been branching out, adding lemon and honey, a few crushed cardamom pods, or boiling a piece of ginger and using the water to brew my tea for example. View full article →

Wiedouw Rooibos: defining the indefinable

All teas are special, but some are more special than others. Some pick you up, others calm you down. Some are for summer afternoons, others are for your darkest hours. Some need no introduction, others are diamonds in the rough, waiting for their time to shine. One has a South African accent: rooibos.

Until recently, I was a rooibos rookie: to me, it simply sounded like some kind of obscure insult. But then something magical happened. Enter stage left Chateau Rouge Tea. Never heard of them? You will soon. Bold, visionary and oh so suave, they’ve been gracing teacups since 2009. Don’t be fooled by their youthful credentials: this tea company knows what it wants and is sure to get it. And it just so happened that they wanted me to try-out two of their unique blends of rooibos.

“Sign here please” resounded in the hallway as I caught sight of the box the postman was holding. Generously adorned with the Chateau Rouge logo, I was overcome by a child-like excitement which was swiftly usurped by a sense of fear. “I’m no rooibos expert. I can’t even pronounce it” I told myself. But all self-doubt and anxiety was washed away as I filled the kettle and delved into the box.

The mere sight of the effervescent metallic packet told me that I was embarking on a whirlwind romance and that the rest of my tea cupboard was about to endure some serious neglect. Chateau Rouge’s loose-leaf rooibos is inconceivably soft to the touch, not to mention enticing to every other sense imaginable. And if you thought the pronunciation of this South African red-bush tea (‘ROY-boss’) was baffling, try summing up its flavour in less than 5671 words.

But here goes nothing…

Each mugful oozes a sense of glorious exclusivity. Hints of sweet vanilla dance among unmistakable, unshakable malty and nutty tones, stirring the mind and warming the heart. Sip after sip, my taste buds dizzy themselves, trying frantically to identify the multitude of flavours washing over them. But failure to identify and define is not always a bad thing. In a way, a textbook definition would diminish the beauty and individualism of Chateau Rouge’s rooibos; half of its magic lies in its mystery, its elusiveness is a testament to its status in the tea world.

Of course, you won’t find such gourmet greatness on the supermarket shelves and nor should you expect to. With some blends costing up to £18.95, Chateau Rouge’s teas will lighten your purse but they’re sure to light up your life. Torn? For those of you who are stepping timidly into the world of luxurious teas, Chateau Rouge offers a sensible solution: each blend is available in small tins (costing a modest £3.95), allowing you to do your teasearch/research before you invest.

The moral of the story? Chateau Rouge Tea isn’t just a pretty face. Take away the fancy name, the posh packaging and the educated ethos and you are left with a product that is glorious in its own right. Quality and even quantity may come at a price, but for aspiring tea gurus across the land, Chateau Rouge is an essential endeavour.

@AlexisPerplexed The Tea Isle

A Very Special Himalayan Organic Black Tea Moment

A very special tea from probably one of the most beatiful tea gardens up high in the Nepalese Himalayas. This Darjeeling styled rich oolong is made entirely by hand from only the tenderest autumnal leaves, producing long, twisted dark brown spicy fragrant leaves with golden tips. A must have for any tea connoisseur! I don't know if it's just my repressed romanticism rearing its timid head, but I am completely captivated by reading the words, "one of the most beautiful tea gardens..." View full article →

Fergusons Ceylon black tea review

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… View full article →

Delicious Organic Vanilla Rooibos Tea Cupcakes Recipes

‘Chateau Rouge!?’ I hear you say. You are probably thinking I am somewhere in the heart of France enjoying afternoon tea in a Château. I wish I was – I love tea and I love châteaux. In actual fact Chateau Rouge is the name of a luxury tea company based in London. A few weeks back I received a parcel of teas from Chateau Rouge Tea and what magnificent teas they were. Each package beautifully wrapped, I almost didn’t want to open them...

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