What Is Tea?
Although many different flowers and herbs can be dried, steeped in hot water, and called “tea,” actual tea leaves come from the plant Camellia Sinensis. In the same way that you can buy plum “wine,” it is widely understood that true wine is made from grapes. Similarly, what we call chamomile “tea” is actually an herbal tisane, not the actual tea. Popular scented tea varieties, such as jasmine green tea or Earl Grey, are to authentic tea what sangria is to wine. Just as you would not use a fine wine to make sangria, you would not take fine tea and blend it with other flavors.