Class Is In Session: Tea Terminology

Whether you are new to the tea scene or a veteran of tea, it’s important to learn your tea jargon. I am sure many of you have read the description of a tea and often wondered what a flush or a tisane was. Today we finally explore the meaning of some of these terms. Learn …

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Honeybush vs. Redbush Tea

I like both Redbush (Rooibos) and Honeybush teas, though both are actually the leaves of flowering legumes, and not really tea at all. Neither has caffeine, both are low in tannin, and both come from Africa. Both are rich sources of antioxidants. Both have naturally sweet undertones. Close cousins, both these herbs require a longer-than-Ceylon …

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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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Enjoying a Fresh Mint Tisane

I was recently reminded just how wonderful fresh mint tisane can be when I had occasion to order it at a restaurant. Numb from the cold, and in need of a hot drink without caffeine (it was late in the evening), I was loathe to order a “herbal tea.” I knew that would more than …

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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 — Sunshine Lemon Rooibos by the English Tea Store

Name: Sunshine Lemon Rooibos Brand: English Tea Store Type: Rooibos, flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: Rooibos is my favorite herb for steeping, and this blend is truly delicious. Sunshine Lemon Rooibos combines the sweet, slightly earthy flavor of rooibos with lemon flavoring and dried lemongrass, creating a desert-like tisane that is a lovely alternative to …

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My Favorite Herbal Tisane: Rooibos

While I definitely prefer true teas made from the Camellia Sinensis plant, I also enjoy other infusions made from various herbs, spices and fruits. Since tea has caffeine, I have to limit how much I drink during the day and typically don't drink it at all in the evenings. So when I can't drink tea, …

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Bella Coola by English Tea Store

Name: Bella Coola Brand: English Tea Store Type: Herbal/fruit tisane Form: Loose Leaf Review: This is a fruity tisane that tastes remarkably like a cross between fruit punch and a low-sugar cranberry juice. The blend is typical of many tisanes, and includes a base of rosehips and hibiscus (the tisane is bright fuschia). This makes for …

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Review — Organic Nile Delta Camomile by The English Tea Store

Name: Organic Nile Delta Camomile Brand: English Tea Store Type: Herbal Form: Loose leaf Review: Organic Nile Delta Camomile tastes different from most of the camomiles that I have tried over the years. While it's beautiful yellow flowers do a great job of infusing to a gorgeous rich yellow, this chamomile has some interesting characteristics. …

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Rose Teas

Unlike the United Kingdom, in which rose is relatively common flavoring for candies and other sweets, the American palate has never really adapted to the notion of "edible" flowers. However, many teas and tisanes are blended with rose buds and petals, often with stunning results. Rose not only adds a lovely scent to teas and …

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