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

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Thumbs up!"This tea successfully channels the flavours of Thai cooking, not only sticky rice but also coconut milk, lime leaves and tamarind. Adventurous oolong fans who like intense sweet and savoury brews should definitely give this a try. "
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I know nothing of Thai teas, so I was quite excited to come across this sample. This oolong was harvested from the Choke Chamroen Estate in Northern Thailand, in the summer of 2012. The leaves have been scented with a herb called Nuo Mi Xiang Nen Ye, native to the Yunnan Province of China, to give them a sweet, sticky rice aroma. The tea is then rolled in to large nuggets. Taking a sniff at my sample, their aroma is spectacular, mixing toasted coconut, mango and tamarind notes. It's quite mouth-watering - so much so that I can barely get my nose out of the bag!

I followed the instructions for “European Style” brewing on my sample's package, infusing 3 grams (roughly a teaspoonful) of tea in 8 ounces of water heated to 95 degrees Celsius for 2 minutes. The pale yellow cup has the same fragrant quality as the dry leaves, perfuming my entire kitchen. The leaves completely open straight away in my infuser. The tea is predominantly nutty in profile, reminiscent of toasted sunflower seeds and coconut. Lime leaves and tamarind also come to mind. There is a touch of sweet, vegetal tones to the finish along the lines of steamed yams and buttered corn. It's completely different from any other oolong I've had before but darn tasty!

Driftwood recommends using the leaves up to three times. After a 3 minute-long second steep, the tea's flavour features lots of earthy roasted barley to the top notes. The herb's contribution seems more present at the close of the sip, now tasting more like salty, buttery popcorn laced with roasted squash. Again, the cup is strangely delicious and very satisfying.

I steepd the leaves for a third time for 4 minutes. The tea's profile is now much more streamlined. The sticky rice flavour has faded, leaving a predominantly sweet, vegetal taste. It's good but nowhere as exciting as the last two cups.

This tea successfully channels the flavours of Thai cooking, not only sticky rice but also coconut milk, lime leaves and tamarind. In that respect, it's quite unique as an oolong. Driftwood suggests trying this tea iced. I'm sure the flavours would lend themselves well to this. According to Chinese medicine the herb used to scent the leaves has cooling properties, so all the more reason to this drink during the warmer months. I definitely recommend giving this tea a try, especially for adventurous oolong fans who like intense sweet and savoury brews. Conveniently, it's available in a variety of formats at a reasonable price.

— 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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