Ivan Chai - wild tea from organic meadows in Estonia (new season!)

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New batch, fresh from Estonia in winter 2022!

Ivan Chai is widely known and much loved across Eastern Europe, but is almost unknown in this country. What a pity.

Completely caffeine free, Ivan chai is made from the leaves of fireweed (also called as willow herb or rosebay willowherb). 

Did you know that until the late 18th century it was Ivan Chai - and not the 'black' tea we now know - that was imported to Britain from Russia*?

In fact, it is said that it's thanks to the Russians who developed oxidisation and fermentation technology a thousand years ago, that the British got the taste of a good cuppa! The English fell in love with Ivan Chai and the black tea started to be manufactured in India because of the influence of the British East India Company.

Flavour notes: grassy, floral, smooth. Unlike many 'herbal' teas, Ivan Chai has a lot of depth. 

"Чюдо, а не чай! Просто влюбилась" "This tea is pure miracle! I've completely fallen in love with it!" - Dasha, one of our regular customers, June 2020.

Health benefits:

  • Caffeine free and non-addicting
  • Builds immunity
  • Normalises blood pressure
  • Balances digestive health
  • Improves concentration
  • Improves energy levels
  • Supports the kidneys and urinary system
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Relieves migraines and tension headaches
  • Prevents cavities

*with thanks to Joybilee farm for the information. 

We buy the tea from a small producer just outside of Tallinn. Natalja grows the herb and then ferments it for 48 hours.

How to drink: put 1-2 tea spoons of the leaves into a pot (for 1-2 people), pour boiling water and let it steep for 10 minutes. 

Ivan Chai can be re-brewed, so pour more hot water into the same pot throughout the day and continue enjoying for 24-48 hours.

Pack is 25 gr.