What is the Difference between Tea and a Tisane?Many times, in fact, almost always, people request ‘Mint Tea’ or say they enjoy ‘Rooibos Tea’. The reality is that Tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant and all other ‘Teas’ are called Tisanes. A tisane is an infusion of herbs, flowers, spices or fruit. Typically a tisane is Caffeine Free; where as, caffeine is a natural characteristic of the Camellia Sinensis plant.
Types of Tea would include: White, Green, Oolong and Black.
The number and variety of Tisanes is endless; however, here is a brief list of some more common ones:
Rooibos [roy-boss] Rooibos, an indigenous herb native to the mountains of South Africa, is made up of fine needle-like leaves. It is from the parent plant Aspalathus Linearis and has been harvested wild for centuries. Rooibos, when infused, produces a deep red liquor with a flavour comparable to black tea, but does not become bitter with long infusion. Rooibos has a sweet finishing flavour and is caffeine free.
Hibiscus Hibiscus, a superflower, is popular around the globe. It is known as many names including Sorrel, Roselle and Flower of Jamaica. The infusion of Hibiscus comes from the sepals and/or petal of the Hibiscus Sabdariffa flower. It is caffeine free.
Herbal Infusion Herbal infusions are the infusion of common herbs such as peppermint, rose hip, lemon verbena and fennel.
Fruit Blends Fruit blends are the infusion of fresh and dried fruits and berries in hot water. These infusions are often made cold for a refreshing beverage.