Caffeine-free teas can mean anything from rooibos, herbal tea to tisane blends.
Rooibos (pronounced "ROY-boss") is an herb usually grown in the Cederberg, a small mountainous area in the region of the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is not considered a true tea because it does not come from the Camellia sinensis plant. Instead, it comes from the Fabaceae plant. When harvested and dried, rooibos can be brewed into a bright reddish-brown cup, dubbed “African red tea” or “red bush tea." Its flavor profile is smooth, nutty and earthy with hints of vanilla.
Herbal tea isn't tea at all. It is mainly an infusion or decoction of herbs, spices or a blend of flowers or other plant materials, such as chamomile, lavender or elder flowers. Since it does not come from the Camellia sinensis plant, it does not contain any caffeine. The herbal tea flavor profile can be extremely broad, ranging from smooth, minty and calming to spicy, gingery and bold.
Tisane (French for "herbal infusion") is similar to herbal tea in that it is primarily made up of herbs and spices and does not come from the Camellia sinensis plant; however, tisanes are known for their fruit blends as well. The tisane flavor profile can also be extremely broad, ranging anything from fruity, tart and sweet to earthy, cinnamon and nutty.
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