Herbal Tisanes (a.k.a Herbal Teas) are some of our favorite brews for tea newbees because they are extremely forgiving and easy to brew - hot or iced!
Though often referred to as Herbal Teas, tisanes do not actually contain any tea (leaf from the camellia sinensis plant), and are instead blends of fruits, herbs, mushrooms, shoots, leaves, and other non-tea edible plants. Because of their composition, you will find that the most benefit and flavor of herbal teas is extracted with boiling or near-boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Some Herbal Tisanes like our Adirondack Chaga, however, do best simmered on the stove for up to 2 hours!
Brewing Herbal Tisanes Hot
As a general rule, we recommend the following brewing guidelines for all Herbal Tisanes:
- 5 grams of loose leaf tisane
- 16 ounces of boiling or near-boiling water
- Brew for 3-5 minutes
A few herbal favorites that are an exception to these guidelines:
Chamomile is best brewed at 185° F for 3 minutes.
Chrysanthemum is a large flower tea, so you will only need about 4 flowers (~2g) and is best brewed at 195° F for 2 minutes.
Other large flower teas like Greek Mountain Tea, La Vie En Rose, Tranquilité, Wild Taiga, and Le Suprême are also exceptions to the 5 grams rule and taste wonderful at a 2 gram ratio with a 5 minute steep.
Lemon Verbena is a large leaf tea that we still recommend at 5 grams, but prefer brewed at 185° F for 2 minutes.
Adirondack Chaga is another exception, and best brewed at a simmer for several hours. We recommend a ratio of 1 tsp to 8 ounces of water and simmered on low for at least 90 minutes, if not longer!
Brewing Herbal Tisanes for Iced Tea
As we mentioned before, hot water is the best way to extract flavor and health benefits from your herbal tisanes. For that reason, we recommend using 6 grams of tea to 16 oz of boiling water, then letting it steep for up to 30 minutes on your counter before you put it in the fridge to continue steeping overnight. This way you will have a rich and flavorful brew to pour over ice!
Our Favorite Way to Brew Iced Herbal Tisanes
It's no secret that we love teaware that combines beauty and function, so it should come as no surprise that everyone's favorite way to brew Iced Herbal Tisanes at home is the Aisne Champagne Bottle Iced Tea Infuser. Clocking in at 800ml, this bottle is the perfect size for a 4-5 8oz cups of tea with ice. Several of our Tea Tenders use this bottle at home to make iced teas and tisanes for themselves daily.
Because this bottle provides direct, unfettered contact between the tisanes and the water, it also infuses pretty quickly and is a beautiful way to show off full flower tisanes like the Tranquilité pictured above!