Review: Driftwood Teas Organic Sticky Rice Oolong (Nuo Mi Xiang Tea)

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Thumbs up!"Imagine a lightly flavored butter popcorn...that flavor, minus the excessive and unpleasant salt, is the goodness that you'll find in this cup. "
Vanessa’s Teaview: 9.5/10
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The name "Sticky Rice Oolong" intrigued me. And that is the simple reason why I requested to sample this tea. I honestly wasn't sure what to expect. However, as soon as I opened my sample of this tea and took one whiff, I knew I had made a great decision by asking for this tea. The tea does, in fact, have a nuance of cooked rice in the aroma. It was entirely pleasing and somewhat addicting, so I continued to sniff this tea and then began to realize that there is a pretty solid butter aroma in this tea. The Driftwood website explains that this tea's unique flavor is the result of the tea leaves being flavored with a Chinese herb called Nuo Mi Xiang Nen Ye The leaves are rolled into fairly tight pellets, and the leaves are a dark emerald green color. I followed the Driftwood recommendation for a European style preparation of this tea by doing a twon-minute steep of one teaspoon of leaves in one cup of water that had been brought to a boil then had been allowed to rest for 30 seconds.The tea is a pale yellow color with a wonderfully rich and buttery aroma. This buttery goodness seems too good to be true, but true it is, and not only is it present in the scent, but very much so in the flavor as well. Imagine a lightly flavored butter popcorn...that flavor, minus the excessive and unpleasant salt, is the goodness that you'll find in this cup. This tea delivers a savory and sweet butter flavor over a light-bodied oolong base. The word 'wonderful' just keeps coming to mind when I try to describe this tea. This seems like the perfect tea to enjoy with a light meal. It stood up well to multiple infusions, showing only a small weakening of flavor in subsequent brews. I tried it both hot and cool, but much preferred this one as a hot tea. The only drawback to this tea is, for me, the price. Currently 100 grams of this tea sells for just under $30, making it rather pricy in my mind. But the flavor is so unique and delicious, and with it holding up to multiple infusions, I do believe this tea is worth it.

— To purchase Driftwood Teas Organic Sticky Rice Oolong (Nuo Mi Xiang Tea), or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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