Sticky rice is a nostalgic food for me! I remember getting sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaves at dim sum as a child. Therefore, I knew that I had to pick this up right away!
Description: “This sweet and creamy oolong is blended with Nuo Mi Xiang – a tender Chinese herb that tastes and smells just like sticky rice.”
Instructions: 1-2 Perfect Spoonfuls of tea | 475 ml (16 oz) of 90℃/195℉ water for hot tea or 295 ml (10 oz) for iced | Steep for 4-5 minutes
Review: While the tea has now become an online-exclusive only, when I first encountered this tea, it was actually in shops! When I smelled the tightly rolled oolongs, it had the distinct sweet rice smell that I would encounter after opening steamed sweet sticky rice in the lotus leaf. I was so excited to taste it!
After steeping it for 4 minutes, the wet reddish-brown leaves had mostly unfurled and smelled sweet and savoury just like sticky rice! There was also a floral and grassy undertone. It smelled very promising.
The liquor smelled sweet and reminded me of rice and mushrooms. It was a clear reddish-orange. The taste was much more grassy, with earthy tones and mild herbal and there was a faint “sticky rice” undertones that lingered.
I tried steeping the tea for more because I wanted to see if I could get a stronger the “sticky rice” taste that I had smelled from the dry tea, but it still had a predominantly medical and herbal taste.
Overall, while I loved how the tea smelled, which brought me right back to eating dim sum on a Saturday morning with my family, the taste did not match up to the smell (2.5/5 rating).
- Type: Oolong tea
- Origin: Taiwan
- Caffeine: Low caffeine
- Ingredients: Oolong tea, sticky rice leaves (Nuo Mi Xiang)
- Other: Kosher
- Company: DAVIDsTEA
The question of the post: Have you had sticky rice before?