When I first signed on at T Ching as Editor, I was so inspired by this post by Donna Fellman that I rhapsodized about it on my personal blog. Since then, a funny thing has happened. People who google “sage tea” are ending up at my blog.
This got me curious. I was previously unaware of such a thing as sage tea. What I did know, thanks to Sandy’s educational post on types of tea, is that a tea by any other name is not likely to actually be a tea. Although many people consider all drinks derived from plants/herbs to be tea, the fact is that all true tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant which was first discovered in China. All other so-called tea that is derived from herbs/plants is called a tisane and not a true tea.
While I knew that sage tea was not exactly legit in the world of tea connoisseurs, I was curious to know how my namesake was being prepared and consumed.
Using google, the fateful tool that brought me face to face with my tea destiny in the first place, I found this century-old recipe, an explanation of sage tea health benefits, and even a special Ramadan celebration recipe.
Having confirmed the existence and variety of sage tea, I have gained perhaps one small notch in the belt on my quest toward becoming a tea (or tisane) sage.