I’d hear about chaga teas before, but until Siberian Empire reached out and asked me to try it, I’d never had it before. I did some research and decided to try it, and they sent me a pretty hefty amount as a “sample.”
Chaga is not actually tea, but a tisane mushroom powder full of antioxidants to boost the immune system. Some studies have shown that it may prevent cancer in addition to aiding in treatment of many other health issues. The conk is a woody growth of the fungus, and is used in chaga tea as well as medicines and supplements.
The chaga I was sent was in the powdered form, but it is also available as a chunk, which lasts longer. The consistency reminded me a little of a soft clay, and the aroma was earthy, so I was surprised by the taste when I steeped it.
The directions called for 1 tsp steeped for 15 minutes, to get the most out of the chaga. The flavor ended up being very mild, though the tea was a very dark brown shade when done steeping.
Siberian’s chaga is all natural, non-GMO, vegan and preservative-free. The earthy taste also had a slight sweetness that reminded me a bit of pau d’arco. It reminds me of being out in nature, with each sip I took.
Have you had chaga tea before? Let me know about your experience with this or other supplemental teas in the comments.