Welp; it’s happened – I’ve tried my first chaga/mushroom tea. I guess the good news is that I clearly didn’t die since I’m writing about it now…
For anyone “not in the know”, I have an allergy to mushrooms of basically all kinds. It used to be really bad but over time I’ve been cycling out of it and the severity of my reactions has gotten far, far more manageable. I’ve even been experimenting with eating different kinds of mushrooms in very small amounts at the recommendation of my physician. I’d never tried a chaga tea though because I just didn’t know how bad my reaction might be since it was a type of mushroom I’d not had exposure to at all before it starting trending in wellness/tea communities.
For anyone curious if I had any reaction at all, my mouth did get a little bit itchy for a few hours – but it was easily manageable. I also took some precautions, like making sure I tried it at the end of my work day, and ensuring I was with people just in case I did have a bad reaction. So, I guess this means I can try the other chaga tea in our line up, and after that I will once again be able to say that I’ve had every tea on the tea wall.
(Not in DT history of course, but for sure anything currently carried or that was carried at one point before my employment there.)
As for the taste of this tea? Well, I’ve never had chaga or most mushrooms on their own to really know what to expect in terms of that flavor – and my coworkers have all said that they can’t really taste the mushroom in this blend either, so I guess I’m not surprised that I didn’t really pick out any weird/different notes. It mostly just tasted (strongly) of chocolate? Like, a mix of dark and milk chocolate – with roastier undertones from the chicory. My immediate thought was just that it reminded me a lot of Cocoa Boost from the Wellness Collection in 2017…
So I guess, my final verdict is that if you liked Cocoa Boost then I think you’d probably like this one too? Or the same thing with Hot Chocolate. For me, I didn’t love the flavour enough to revisit this one in the future, especially given the whole itchy mouth thing. But at least I can say that I’ve tried it!
Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.