Did You Know: Tisanes are not True Tea (Camellia Sinensis)
Herbal / Tisanes
Really? My first thought on that statement, during my Tea Sommelier course. And the following excerpts are not my own but from the certification course, I thought to share as a tidbit.
An herbal tisane is an infusion made from anything other than the leaves of a tea bush. Herbal tisanes are made with fresh or dried flowers, leaves, seeds, or roots, generally by pouring boiling water over the plant parts and letting them steep for several minutes. Seeds and roots can also be boiled on a stove. The tisane is then strained, sweetened if so desired, and served.
Flavored teas are prepared by adding other plants to an actual tea (black, oolong, green, yellow or white tea). An example, the popular Earl Grey tea is black tea with bergamot, jasmine tea is Chinese tea with jasmine flowers, and genmaicha is a Japanese green tea with toasted rice or barley.
To name a few varieties of herbal teas are: Anise tea, chamomile, ginseng, mint, jasmine.
Majority of tisanes are presented in tea bags, infused in boiling water and steeped for 5-10 minutes. Similar to tea, it may become bitter if over brewed. I hope this adds a grain of knowledge to your day!