All teas come from the same plant

All teas come from the same plant: Camellia sinensis. And it's the processing, not the raw material, that determines the six types of tea: white tea, green tea, yellow tea, oolong, black tea, and dark tea (or fermented tea).

Many modern tea drinkers are surprised to hear this fact during our tea tastings. What about rooibos, yerba mate, chamomiles and other "teas"? They certainly look like they are from different plants. Indeed, they are from different plants. But they are technically tisanes, a French word for herbal infusion, not "tea". In fact, in Europe and many other countries, the word "tea" is legally regulated to only apply to Camellia sinensis.

We hope knowing the difference between tea and tisanes helps you find your perfect cup of tea during your next tea shopping!

Interested in some aged tea? We recommend you explore our curated sets to get you started.