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Originally the English word "tea" referred to only a brew of the Camellia sinensis plant; many other plants can be used to produce beverages known as tea, but more properly termed tisane or herbal tea.

--From Andoria with Love 20:25, 10 February 2006 (UTC)

Iced tea Edit

Iced tea is not a different variety of tea, as this article used to allege. It's simply a different method of preparation. Any variety can be served as iced tea. I've therefore changed the article to give primacy to the usual prep method of neither Picard/Sulu/T'Pol nor Archer/Tucker. CzechOut | 19:04, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

I think you're being too stingy with the word "variety" here. And yes, tea is normally served hot -- that's why iced tea is called "iced tea". It's tea which is iced. As opposed to normal tea, which is served hot. It doesn't have to be made with a specific type of leaf, or whatever, to be a different variety of tea. Little Fuzzy Cygnet 19:37, 27 September 2007 (UTC)
Since tea derives from plants, the botanical meaning of "variety" applies precisely (or, if you like, stingily) here. Varieties of tea are quite specifically cultivars — that is, produced in cultivation by selective breeding. It's really like wine. Chilling a merlot doesn't make it less of a merlot — and it certainly doesn't magically make it a different kind of merlot — even if chilling merlot would be objectionable to some wine lovers. As for what's "normal" to do with tea, that's clearly a subjective determination that would be an NPOV violation to stress. Nevertheless, I'd be oh-so-marginally-and-really-not-very curious to see just how much of the world's (or, indeed, Star Trek Earth's) tea production eventually ends up as iced tea relative to the amount reserved for hot tea. CzechOut | 14:17, 30 September 2007 (UTC)

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