Red teas, including honeybush and rooibos, are herbal teas plucked from bushes that grow in South Africa.





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March 2005
Last Updated March 2012

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Different Teas & Tea Terminology

Tea Glossary Page 7: Terms With H


This is Page 7 of a 15-page glossary of  different teas and tea terms. Click on the links below to visit other pages. This Tea Glossary is one of our many delicious food glossaries. Take a look at more of your favorite foods.


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A very fine tipped tea grown on Taiwan, which gets its name from the large silk handkerchiefs that Chinese tea growers used to collect their leaves.

Pungent flavor; a desired quality in tea, especially Assam teas.

A bitter, rough taste generally due to the leaf being under-withered during manufacture.

A thick, strong and colored liquor with limited briskness and astringency.


A beverage that is not made from the tea plant, but from a variety of dried berries, fruits, herbs, flowers and roots—virtually anything that can be steeped that does not come from the tea plant Camellia sinensis. Correctly, herbal teas are called tisanes and not teas, since tea comes from the tea plant; but Americans are stuck on the designation of “tea.” Herbal teas do not have caffeine and some have palliative effects that have been homeopathic (folk medicine) remedied for millennia. Examples include chamomile which induces sleep, ginger which reduces nausea, catnip, ginseng, licorice, sage and yerba mate. Herbal teas should be brewed with water at 208°F.
  Chamomile Tea
Organic golden chamomile blossoms are available from

More recently, rooibos, a red infusion from a South African bush, has been found to be as antioxidant-rich as tea, yet is naturally caffeine-free.


Teas grown in the mountains (i.e., at higher altitudes) are generally of higher quality than teas grown in flatter regions.

The name given to a hearty evening meal served late afternoon or early evening (now generally around 6 p.m.), which is a combination of afternoon tea and dinner. Not the upscale repast it sounds, high tea was the main meal for farming and working classes in Britain, comprises a main dish, generally roast beef or leg of lamb, bread and butter, a pudding (pastry or custard) and tea. Sometimes called meat tea, it is a world away from the fashionable world of afternoon tea enjoyed by the upper classes.

  Tea Garden
A tea garden in the mountains of Kerala province, India. Photo by Piotr Bizior | SXC.

Over-fired or dried, but not bakey or burnt.

“The other red tea,” honeybush (Cyclopia intermedia) is an herbal tea grown on the mountain slopes of the Longkloof District (Eastern Cape) of South Africa. Honeybush is similar in appearance and flavor to rooibos, but slightly sweeter. Honeybush’s yellow, orchid-like flowers emit a honey-like scent, and the leaves are harvested during flowering season. See rooibos.

A China green tea.

  Honeybush Tea
Honeybush tea from

A Japanese green tea that is produced by roasting bancha tea over high heat. The result is a robust, savory tea, reddish-brown in color, with a refreshing, smoky, roasted taste, a caramelized flavor profile and virtually no bitterness. It contains the lowest level of caffeine of any Japanese green tea—although it is the most “coffee-like” of the Japanese green teas.

One of the tea-growing provinces of China.


A brand of Chinese green tea commonly drunk in Europe in the 18th century, and often the used generically to refer to the tea beverage, as Sanka and Kleenex are used to describe decaffeinated coffee and facial tissues. Young Hyson is a type of green tea which is plucked early.

Hyson tea. Photo courtesy of Stock.Xchng.

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