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What Is A Cornish Tisane?


Herbal and Fruit Teas, or Infusions, are also known as Tisanes (pronounced tea-zahn). Tisanes have a long history, dating back to ancient China and Egypt. Where Tisanes were drunk for both enjoyment and medicinal purposes. Tisanes can be made from leaves, fresh or dried flowers, barks, fruits, seeds berries, fruits and roots. These days they are almost always caffeine free, and can be drunk simply for relaxation or to stimulate and revive the senses.


Ancient Egyptians enjoyed a cup of peppermint tinsane, as evidenced by the leaves found in the pyramids of Egypt, so mint tea alone, has a very long heritage. Ling/Heather has been used as a medicinal herbal tea, or tisane, for hundreds of years in Cornwall. Both the leaves and flowers of the wild plant can be steeped in freshly boiled water for 10 minutes. It is said to be good for cleansing and flushing out toxins. Our Cornish coastlines and moorlands are swathed with Ling, which flowers luminously between July and September. In fact Ling 'moorland tea' was one of the poet Robert Burns' favoured tea. Other classic Cornish tinsanes can be made from wild Nettles, Berries, Chamomile and Gorse. There's a great blog by a local forager on how to make a delicious brew of Moorland Tea with Cornish Ling.

Our Herbal Teas (tinsanes) are crafted in much the same way as our ancestors did, with 100% naturally wild ingredients - nothing added, an original plant power refreshment. We believe making Cornish tea should always be done with passion, love, care and attention to detail. It’s our belief that this process should never be outsourced to a third party, which so many tea’s are. 


We are a not a big corporate brand (and you’ll taste that in every brew!), so when your Wild Cornish Tea arrives, it will be unapologetically punchy, healthy and fuller-flavoured. An artisan product of quality with a distinctive, refreshing taste, and damn delicious!


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