Q:When is a cup of tea not a cup of tea?
A: When there is no tea in it.
As much as we like to call it herbal tea, it is actually incorrect. The method of brewing a hot drink is called an infusion. You infuse the properties of the plant material into near boiling water. This plant material can be many things, be it tea, herbs or fruit. So, tea is an infusion, but not all infusions are tea.
So we can call it a herbal infusion, which would be entirely correct or we can call it a tisane (tee-zahn), a name that was first used in the 14th century and is popular again in teahouses around the world.
“Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.”
— Honore de Balzac.
Tea (Camellia sinensis), comes in many guises. You may be familiar with black, green, white and oolong but there is much more to tea. Now I am not the person to tell you about tea because I am the herb nut, but I met a very knowledgeable tea nut recently, so if you would like to know more about tea, it’s benefits and everything you could ever possibly want to know about tea – please see May King at Mayking Tea