Spring time is a delightful time to enjoy exotic, intense and exquisite herbal teas.
Herbal teas, also referred to as ‘tisanes’ represent a significant part of the tea world, but technically they are not really teas.
Although, you may not be familiar with the word "tisane", you have probably experienced drinking them at some point in your life. A tisane is simply a cup of "tea" made from something other than a tea leaf. True tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, and it is sold in stores as white, green, black or oolong tea. Herbal, floral and fruit teas are actually considered tisanes. Tisanes are mostly chosen for flavor variety or to avoid the caffeine in the tea leaf, but some herbs have medicinal properties that are best absorbed in tea form.
Tisanes are usually categorized by the part of the plant where they are found. For example, the major categories of tisanes include:
Leaf tisanes: lemon balm, mint, lemongrass, and French verbena
Flower tisanes: rose, chamomile, hibiscus and lavender
Bark tisanes: cinnamon, slippery elm, and black cherry bark
Root tisanes: ginger, echinacea, and chicory
Fruit/berry tisane: raspberry, blueberry, peach, and apple
Seed/spice tisanes: cardomom, caraway, and fennel
Sometimes, tisanes are made from a blend of plant types or from multiple parts of the same plant. Tisanes are often made from moss, stems or other plant matter. Herbal teas may additional be classified as medicinal. Since many have a high content of antioxidants and nutrients, while others are typically consumed for simple enjoyment. Detox teas have become a very popular category of medicinal tisanes.
Brewing teas and proportions for tisanes vary widely. They may be as short as two minutes or as long as 15 minutes, and may require as little as a pinch of plant material per cup of water or as much as several tablespoons per cup. Packages will usually supply brewing instructions for each type.
True tea contains varying amounts of caffeine -- less than a cup of coffee, but still too much for those who are caffeine-sensitive. Herbal teas, or tisanes, are popular alternatives because many are caffeine-free, and some varieties are formulated specifically for relaxation.
Some tisanes are imbibed for a specific purpose. Dandelion tea is an effective diuretic, and kava tea is used to help relieve stress. Some tisanes can also be cooled and used topically as astringents and disinfectants.
Tisanes also offer variety to the casual tea drinker. Herbal tisane flavors can range from light and bitter to deep and earthy, and even medicinal herbs can be consumed casually in weaker brews. Fruit tisanes are very common, and are frequently made with blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and apples, all of which provide the characteristic flavor of the fruit. Flower tisanes are slightly less common, except for the ever-popular chamomile, and usually impart a light, delicate flavor. Tisanes of all varieties are also frequently mixed with true tea to create different flavor profiles. Chai tea, for example, is black tea mixed with a tisane made from spices.
Weaver’s Coffee offers a selection of aromatic herbal teas to tantalize your taste buds. Our Chamomile Lemon Blossom Herbal Tea made with fresh chamomile flowers, is both soothing and caffeine-free - the ideal bedtime herbal drink.
Made from pure, organic peppermint, Weaver’s Peppermint Herbal Tea is naturally caffeine-free and soothing.
Our Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea is a timeless infusion of ginger root, lemon, lemon grass, licorice, and spearmint, that recharges the spirit while creating a relaxing escape for the senses.
Rooibus Mandarin Herbal Tea is a deep-red, mellow cup with a pleasant, spicy citrus aroma. Our woodsy vanilla rooibos is flavored with a hint of mandarin essence.