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How to Choose a Tea or Tisane

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Are you new to teas and tisanes and ready to start your taste adventure? 
The difference between teas and tisanes. Teas come from the leaves of the plant Camellia sinensisTisanes, a French word, are from plants other than C. sinensis.
Let's talk tea. There are six different types of teas: white, green, yellow, oolong, black, and dark (pu'er)The ultimate adventure is to experience each type, noting its own inherent range of flavors.
Let's talk tisane. Tisanes include herbs, spices, flowers, and dried fruits. 

Let's talk flavor. Flavor is inherent in teas and tisanes and can be added.  Added flavors include oils, spices, herbs, flowers, and fruits. When a flavor is added, a plus sign (+) appears after the tea type: white+, green+, yellow+, oolong+, black+, dark+, or tisane+. If there are no added flavorings, it's simply the tea type or tisane. To help you find the teas or tisanes that you will most enjoy, we've listed the prominent flavors in each: fresh greens, grilled veg, dried hay, floral, creamy, fruity, spicy, sweet, toasted, woodsy, earthy, or minerality. 


Things to consider when buying teas or tisanes:

Tea or tisane benefits: Will it help you wake up, relax, focus, cool down, or sleep? 

Serving tips: Will it be served with or without milk, hot, iced, or cold-brewed? 

Suggestions for use: Will you be cooking with tea or tisanes, pairing them with food, or using them in cocktails or mocktails? 

Culturally-specific preparation recommendations: Western or Eastern? 

Time of day: Morning, noon, or night?  


The perfect way to begin your tasting adventure is this thoughtfully-curated collection of benchmark teas of widely-recognized tea names (for example, Dan Cong Oolong), selected by our tasting panel as the best we could find. Like fine wine, these teas may change from year to year based on the terroir (the growing environment) and on our latest flavor finds.

If you have any questions, our expert team is here to guide your adventures with the world of teas and tisanes: 888-VIP-TEAS (847-8327)