All tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. There are three major types of teaBlack, oolong, green. White tea has recently been introduced into the U.S. and is becoming quickly popular because of its greater amount of health benefits. Black, or fully oxidized tea, produces an amber-colored, full-flavored beverage without bitterness. Oolong, or semi-oxidized tea, produces a slightly bitter, light brownish-green liquid. Green, or unoxidized tea produces a mild, slightly bitter, pale greenish-yellow beverage. White tea, also unoxidized, is a very delicate tea made from the unopened new buds of the plant. After being gently dried, the buds have a silver white appearance and produce a pale, straw colored beverage with a subtle flavor.
Tea is primarily grown in Mainland China, India, Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Taiwan (Formosa), Japan, Nepal, Australia, and Kenya. Teas are classified according to their region of origin. For example, China, Ceylon, Japanese, Indonesian, and African tea. Smaller tea districts include Darjeeling, Assam, Nilgris from India, Uva and Dimbula from Sri Lanka, Keemun from Chi-men in Chinas Anhwei province and Enshu from Japan.
Tisanes, or herbal infusions are blends from herb plants and contain no tea, therefore, they are not considered teas. They come from different parts of the herb plants and are often blended with other herbs to create soothing, relaxing tisanes. Examples of these would be peppermint, lavender and chamomile.
The Cozy Tea Cart offers a wonderful selection of many of these teas.