As I’ve may have mentioned before, I’m a proud tea drinker.
My mom is a big tea drinker, and although I thought it tasted like weird water up until I was a teenager, a trip to Ireland and then a semester in England opened my eyes to the beauty that is a cup of tea.
Why I drink tea:
- It’s healthy
- It’s relaxing
- It can be caffeine-free
- It comes in so many types and flavors
- It’s great to drink by yourself or with others
- It goes great with cookies, cake and other treats
I think Americans sometimes give hot tea (I’m not talking sweet iced tea here) a bad rap. But, I have hope that we’re all coming around.
Although, I do think that Americans, on the whole, need a bit of a re-education about tea.
Since I’m a huge herbal tea fan (I don’t often drink caffeine), I thought I would start this Tea IQ series of posts with one on tisane or herbal tea.
What is tisane/herbal tea?
Although herbal tea (also called tisane) isn’t technically tea, it’s a quite tasty and refreshing drink (that most people still consider to be tea). It’s a beverage made from an infusion of dried herbs, spices, fruits or other plant material.
All herbal teas are caffeine free.