Tea and the Full Moon

You may not know this, but tea is a favorite beverage of the man in the moon. Just kidding. There is no man in the moon. No matter. Steep a pot of tea and raise a teacup toast to our nearest neighbor in that celestial vastness. “Full moon” is one of those expressions that grew …

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Tea: Camellia Sinensis, or Just Anything That Will Infuse?

In tea-related discussion forums and groups, we keep encountering the discussion of whether the definition of the word “tea” should be limited to the varieties of the Camellia Sinensis plant or whether it is ok to call anything tea that will infuse in (hot?) water, as is quite common use in the English language. Never, …

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Discovering the Tisane Called “Greek Mountain Tea”

Technically a tisane, the infusion made from Sideritis syriaca is the Greek cultural equivalent of English black tea with a dash of milk; when you say "tea" in Greece, this is what you are referring to. I recently discovered this culturally specific infusion after getting into a discussion about tea with some Greek friends of mine. …

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5 Seasonal Herbal Infusions

I like to enjoy produce when it is in season. As October advances, my fridge becomes filled with the likes of winter squash, radishes, and carrots. This bodes well for delicious soups and stews, but what does it mean for tea? Turnip and radish tea is not exactly on my top five list (actually, it’s …

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Herbal Infusions Are Teas, Too!

Herbal infusions are teas, too. Now, I’m probably going to upset a lot of tea lovers for making this bold statement and in fact, if you’d have said “herbal infusions are teas” to me a couple of months ago, I’d have found it difficult to agree with you. Why this sudden change of heart you …

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Review — The English Tea Store’s Godiva Roche Rooibos

Name: Godiva Roche Rooibos Brand: English Tea Store Type: Herbal Tisane, Rooibos Form: Loose leaf Review: Looking for a chocolate rooibos? Godiva Roche Rooibos is a good one. Made from rooibos, cacao beans and peels, vanilla and what appears to be a handful of calandula petals, this is certainly a rich treat for chocolate fans. …

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Apple-Flavored Teas and Tisanes

Apple-flavored teas are enjoyed year round but become especially popular in the Fall, a time in the U.S. when apples are typically harvested. They are also featured in a number of caffeine-free herbal mixes. Start with Granny Green Apple Green Tea, which blends a luscious green tea with bits of green apple. It’s deliciously refreshing, …

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Review — “Get Gorgeous” by The Republic of Tea

Name: Get Gorgeous Brand: The Republic of Tea Type: Rooibos, herbal blend Form: Paper tea bags Review: The Republic of Tea seems to enjoy blending rooibos, a naturally sweet and caffeine free herb with a variety of herbs. With the goal of promoting wellness, their "Be Well" line features rooibos and herbal blends that may …

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Tulsi: Sweet Leaf

Many tea lovers turn to tisanes, also known as herbal teas or "infusions," when they want to avoid caffeine. While there is no dearth of herbal options on retailer's shelves, one name that you might see more often is "tulsi," also known as "holy basil." Tulsi is an herb native to India, used in both …

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Review — Stash Strawberry Pomegranate Herbal Red “Tea”

Name: Strawberry Pomegranate Herbal Red Tea Brand: Stash Type: Rooibos tisane, flavored Form: Paper tea bag Review: One of my great pet peeves is the trend of calling rooibos “red tea.” Rooibos, a shrub native to South Africa, is not a true tea at all, but produces a very nice, honey-sweet tisane (herbal infusion). It …

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