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Chiang Rai Province, Thailand
Autumn 2013

Organic Sticky Rice Oolong (Nuo Mi Xiang Tea)

£0.95

Chiang Rai Province, Thailand
Autumn 2013

Organic Sticky Rice Oolong (Nuo Mi Xiang Tea)

£0.95

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There are times when I'm sampling teas and I encounter a scent or a flavour that transports me back to my childhood. Many people find this. There is something in our Yunnan Gold that reminds both Kelda and I of growing up, yet, despite frequently trying, neither of us can figure out quite what this scent is reminiscent of.

Each time I open a bag of Sticky Rice Oolong I am immediately transported back to my childhood yet, this time I can identify exactly what the aroma is - Butterkist Popcorn!

As with all of our scented teas, Organic Sticky Rice Oolong is naturally flavoured. It gains its unique scented from a herb native to the Yunnan Province of China - where many of the Chinese/Thai population of Mae Salong descend from - called Nuo Mi Xiang Nen Ye.

The leaves of this small aromatic plant are layered with freshly picked Thai Oolong 17 and allowed to slowly impart their beautifully sweet, sticky rice aroma.

This is an extraordinarily versatile oolong that pairs fantastically well with food, especially Thai and Chinese dishes.
It's refreshing to consume in the summer (it works great as an iced tea) yet, as the weather begins to turn cooler it's extremely warming and comforting to drink.

Kelda first discovered Sticky Rice Oolong at the Choke Chamroen Estate in Mae Salong while sourcing Thai teas for us back in 2012. It's rare that this oolong is found outside of Thailand and so we are delighted to be the only online tea shop in the UK stocking. This quickly became on of our most popular ever teas so I'm even more delighted to have fresh Autumn 2013 harvest stock once again.

 


  • Fresh sticky rice, hot sweet popcorn and hints of jasmine and orchid.
  • While writing tasting notes normally I try to identify slightly more sophisticated flavours however here, and this is no bad thing, the overwhelming aroma from this loose leaf tea is Buterkist Popcorn with its caramelised sugar, toasted popcorn, and rich buttery goodness. (For a while I even contemplated naming this Popcorn Tea so distinct the scent.)

    When brewed these leaves produce a clean amber liquor that has a soft almost glutenous quality in the mouth. It's filled with the flavours of hot, freshly served sticky rice, lightly scented with sweet oriental florals - think jasmine and orchid - hints of toasted popcorn, and round slightly creamy / buttery tones.

    James

  • Longer & Less - for a European style of brewing Organic Sticky Rice Oolong I would recommend using: 

    Around 1 tsp (3g) of loose leaf tea per person into a pot of around 90º water. (Allow freshly boiled water to stand for 1 minute) Infuse for around 2 minutes. For subsequent infusions increase the time by 1 minute each round. 

    Can be infused 2 or 3 times this way. 

    Shorter & More - for a traditional Asian (Gong Fu) style of brewing Organic Sticky Rice Oolong I would recommend using:

    1flat tbsp (7g) of loose leaf tea with around 150ml of 90º water. (Allow freshly boiled water to stand for 1 minute) Infuse for around 30 seconds. For subsequent infusions increase the time by 15-30 seconds each round. 

    Can be infused 4 or 5 times this way.