Today when you think of a cup of tea, it is most likely encompassing much more than what a cup of tea was 500 years ago. Tea has become a very general term that now includes constituents that are not technically "tea." But because of the way we prepare them for consumption, they are now included and have their own special name: Tisanes!
True, traditional tea comes from one plant. The generic name for this plant is "Tea," its latin name is Camellia Sinensis. There are 6 different types of traditional tea and they include White Tea, Yellow Tea, Green Tea, Oolong, Pu-erhs (Dark Tea), and Black Tea. Another day we will break down the differences in these teas! With the introduction of herbs, fruits and spices, there are now limitless varieties and styles of tea that are sure to satisfy all personalities and unique quirks people can have.
Tisanes are a wonderful addition to tea! They are what give a lot of the variety and diversity to teas. Tisanes are fruits, herbs and spices that are infused in water for consumption. Tisanes have a vast variety of health benefits due to all the different plants that they are coming from, not a single plant of origin like traditional tea. Peppermint is a great example of an herbal tisane. Peppermint is the oldest herb on record for being used for medicinal purposes. If you are ever feeling congested, have a headache, or sore throat, brewing up a strong cup of fresh peppermint is one of the fastest ways to start giving relief!
For those who are new to tea or are not as fond of the traditional "flavor" or orthodox tea, tisanes are a great way to start the introduction. Tisanes are much more forgiving when brewed and have new bold flavors that can be very familiar to other drinks. Our Paper Airplanes is a bright and refreshing fruit tisane that has is often said to come in like juice! It has a strong strawberry base but with a twist from blueberries, elderberries and hibiscus! While most are caffeine free, those who need their daily jolt can always look at Mate. Mate is a South American tisane that has the equivalent caffeine stimuli as a cup of coffee!
Not only are tisanes drank alone, they are blended with orthodox tea. This integration harmonizes the health benefits, flavors and diversity of both entities to give you a lot of our most popular blends. The infamous Masala Chai is used for one of America's most popular tea, Chai Lattes! It is an orthodox black tea base with cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, clove and black pepper give and sweet spicy that rushes every sense and flavor profile.
Whether you are a tea fanatic, just an enthusiast, or a newbie looking to get into tea or a healthier lifestyle, teas and tisanes, either drank separate or blended together, offer the variety that people want to satisfy any beverage desire!