HERBAL TEAS & TISANES
Herbal teas comprise of infusions that can be made from Herbs other than Camellia Sinensis the traditional tea bush. Herbal teas are made from leaves such as Spearmint, seeds such as Fennel, flowers such as Chamomile and Lavender and roots such as Ginseng. They do not have caffeine. Rooibos meaning "red bush" and scientific name Aspalathus linearis is a member of the legume family of plants growing in South Africa. The leaves are used to make a tisane called Rooibos. The product has been popular in Southern Africa for generations. Rooibos is usually grown in a small area in the region of the Western Cape province of South Africa. Generally, the leaves are oxidized, a process often referred to as fermentation in accordance with tea processing terminology. This process produces the distinctive reddish-brown color of Rooibos and enhances the flavor. Unoxidized "green" rooibos is also produced, but the more demanding production process for green Rooibos (similar to the method by which green tea is produced) makes it more expensive than traditional Rooibos. It has no caffeine and has a mild flavor and a bright red liquor. It is found that adding Vanilla and fruit flavors to it enhances the overall taste of the tea. Tisanes are liquors made only from dried fruit pieces such as Mango, Apricot and Apple. On their own they do not impart much flavor. The flavor comes from the flavorings that are added. We use dried fruit pieces in some of our herbal blends. We do not claim that the herbs we have used in different blends have any medicinal value. The only claim we make is that they are tasty, either hot or cold. Herbal teas and tisanes are usually steeped with 3 grams tea in 6 ounces water for 5-6 minutes at 212 F. There is no astringency or bitterness even if you extend the steeping time longer.
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