There are a ton of different flavors of teas out there. Usually these teas are made from leaves - and they actually contain the leaves.

Does one say shehechiyanu on a new type of tea if he hasn't tasted it in the past 6 months?

Some chamomile tea you can toss into a cup of hot water:


And some loose leaf green tea:

black tea leaves

  • "past 6 months"? Why would that matter?
    – Double AA
    Jul 16, 2015 at 14:42
  • @DoubleAA, I think it's a tosfos some place (brachot 6th perek)...
    – Ani Yodea
    Jul 16, 2015 at 14:43

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The following extracts from Halachically Speaking seem to be relevant. Each of the sections that I put in bold seem to indicate that no shehechiyanu is needed.

The Beracha on Fruits and those who are lenient

When a fruit is only available once a year a shehechiyanu is recited because the new fruits bring joy to a person. Based on this some people have the custom not to recite a beracha on new fruits because there is no real joy with the new fruit.

The beracha of shehechiyanu is recited on new fruits which were not available all year (below we will discuss the fact that many fruits are available all year). One does not recite a shehechiyanu on a fruit which is not seasonal.

Dried Fruits A fruit which was not available all year round but is being sold as dried fruit would not require a shehechiyanu before eating it.

Smashed Fruit - Jam New fruits which are smashed to the point where it is not recognizable that they are fruits do not require a shehechiyanu. However, if there are pieces of the fruit which are discernible then a beracha can be recited. The same applies to a drink made from a new fruit.

So the three reasons not to make a shehechiyanu are:

The teas are not seasonal.

Even if they were seasonal, they are being used in a dried form.

The pieces of the “fruit” are not discernible in the tea.

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