Today I attended a conference session about tisanes at the World Tea Expo presented by Yoon Hee Kim a Tea Sommelier and president at TeaClassics. She also is a graduate of The Monterey Institute of International Studies (which I think is cool because we at Namaqua Tea Co. live here in Monterey). We were presented with eight varied tisanes. I have to say my 2 new favorites are: Hydrangea (Tea of Heaven) and Tsai Tou Vounou (Greek Mountain Tea)
Hydrangea (Tea of Heaven)
This is not your garden variety hydrangea (which i was told is toxic) but rather a Korean species grown in the mountains know as Hydrangea Serrata. This tea is light and refreshing and contains a natural occurring sweet compound known as Phyllo-dulcin. About two seconds after your first sip the sweetness hits you in the back of your mouth which is reminiscent of licorice root tea. The bonus: it’s calorie free. I thought this would go perfectly with our Rooibos.
Tsai Tou Vounou (Greek Mountain Tea)
Also known as Greek Mountain Shepherd’s Tea, Ironwort, Sideritis and Malotira. It’s a lamiaceae (mint family). This honey-gold color tea has a great arroma and distinct citrus flavored overtones and is rich in iron. A very calming tea great for night time that has been used for coughs, fevers, urinary tract troubles, and to lower blood pressure.