The early United State of America began as an English colony and much of its history and culture are based in English social traditions, including a love for tea.
Americans enjoyed teas from the eastern seaboard to the south. Fine china and silver were imported from Europe and inherited from family members creating a deep love for the ritual and social practices around tea. It took the 1773 revolt against the English tax on tea for Americans to understand the stronghold of tea on the English colonies. Tea became a political act and some Americans rediscovered the allure of herbal tea, or tisane.
Where tea leaves were being imported from India and China, herbs were plentiful (and accessible) in the American colonies and did not have to be imported.
The brewing of herbs for consumption covers all cultures and is documented as early as to the ancient Egyptians especially for health, magic, and social enjoyment. After the protests against English taxation, the colonists reconsidered herbal brews as a part of “tea culture,” rather than as purely a medicinal brew.
American Royal Tea™ continues the tradition of American herbal brews and the American independent spirit.
*American Royal Tea specializes in herbal infusions of roots, herbs, bark, flowers, and leaves. These infusions are commonly named “herbal tea,” but that’s a misnomer. Tea is made from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant and produces what we know as traditional “tea.” When roots, herbs, bark, flowers, and non-camellia sinensis leaves are brewed, it’s an herbal infusion or tisane.