Sticky Rice Oolong

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea
Flavors
Rice Pudding, Floral, Rice, Sweet, Coconut
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
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Not available
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Average preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 14 oz / 414 ml

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What makes this bold oolong from Doi Mae Salong, Thailand so unique? We blended it with Nuo Mi Xiang – a tender Chinese herb that tastes and smells just like sticky rice. And the results are a real treat for the taste buds. Think sweet and creamy, with satisfying notes of freshly cooked grains. Our favourite part? Since the herb and oolong are processed together, you get that authentic sticky rice deliciousness, naturally. One sip of this tempting tea and you’ll want to stick with it for life.

Ingredients: Oolong tea, sticky rice leaves (Nuo Mi Xiang).

Price per 50g: $14.98

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Give me all the milk oolong — and all the sticky rice oolong!

I only asked for a cup-to-go of this – as I was curious. It was one of the few new DTs that isn’t over-saturated with sugars and artificial everythings. The idea of a rice flavoured tea that was different than toasty genmaicha got me interested!

I thought it was yummy. Reminded me intensely of rice pudding – YUM – the smell was absolutely boiled sweet rice, or yes – rice pudding. It was a unique, simple tea and I wish DT stocked their shelves with more like THIS and I would visit far more frequently.

~I am wanting to try Wha-Cha’s sticky rice tea as I have heard the cost is far less prohibitive.

Flavors: Rice Pudding

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Given the various shuffling around DTs has done with its Frequent Steeper program, I wasn’t sure whether the birthday cups of tea were still offered. I have not been patronizing DTs much since their boom of imitation flavours and massive sweetener additions to the dry leaf itself. Not to mention the dramatic price hikes—ouf! The overhaul of the FS/ loyalty point program was the nail in the coffin for me, so to speak. I was done.

I still go in to try samples of what is steeping because I remain open to being convinced that they are offering something for someone like me and because generally speaking, I like a lot of their staff, but as a blender/company, what they are doing is not something I am interested in supporting.

Nonetheless, I popped in to see if there was still the FS birthday free cup of tea for me as I am still celebrating my birthday month. And yay, there was.

I chose this one because frankly, it is the only one of theirs that am curious about. And a tea fren was kind enough to send me a What-Cha sample of the same which I look forward to exploring this week.

My lovely DTs server was kind enough to pop my teaspoon of tea into a teabag and into an empty cup for me so that I could steep it up at proper temperature and enjoy it at home rather fight my way through rush hour traffic on public transit with a dripping teabag hanging out of a paper to go cup. Good choice that was.

This tea truly is intoxicating in both scent and flavour. I am on my fifth steep. The sweet sticky rice and the floral oolong flow into a lovely balance of flavours. I predict that I can still get three more flavourful steeps out of this. Let us see.

edit—Yup, still flavourful at eight steeps. Very much enjoyed this one.

I’d like to have this in my cupboard and would if the price were not so prohibitive. Still, it was nice to have the opportunity to spend my day with this.

I would rate this between 90 and 100 based on taste and sipping experience, but based on price, I am lowering that rating.

Just went on their website to check prices and this tea is no longer listed, so I guess they are phasing it out, but based on their other oolongs, 100 grams of this tea would be between 20 and 22 dollars plus tax, so something along the lines of 25 dollars (which for Americans, is approximately 3.5 ounces).

Oh, and it’s a sip down!

Lexie Aleah

I’ve been wanting to order this tea from them for quite sometime now. I definitely need to just do it and not think about. It looks like it’s not available anymore I could have sworn that it was there on Friday.

Leafhopper

I haven’t tried this oolong, but have been meaning to order What-Cha’s version for a while now. Maybe next year when my stash is under control (if that ever happens)!

CrowKettle

Argh, David’s Tea, you break my heart! I was going to take advantage of their Black Friday sales but it looks like my old staple favourites were axed at some point. This sounded like a winner too!

Evol Ving Ness

I know, right? If you were to pop into a store near you, I’m sure they would still have some on hand.

And someday, when my stash is under control, ha! yeah. A familiar refrain.

Arby

I actually liked this sticky rice oolong more than What-chas. Crow Kettle, I haven’t sent your samples to you yet, so I’ll add in a sample of this. I got a bag of it as my free tea for using my reward points.

CrowKettle

That sounds wonderful! I heard this one is lighter/actually has the herb leaves too.

And I will check if they have any left if I’m near a store. They still have the nostalgia factor; I’ll probably end up with another mug XD

The stash self-perpetuating.

Roswell Strange

I think everyone who’s commented in this thread knows this already, but just in case I’m just popping in a disclaimer that I currently work for DAVIDsTEA. That said:

Sadly, this one was only released as a limited edition tea and stores are no longer being supplied with it – but some stores, like mine, do still have some; it depends on how popular it was at their respective stores.

I totally hear you on the price thing; with staff discount this one was a better deal for me to stock up on than the What-Cha version but if you don’t get a killer discount like I do than the What-Cha version is actually much more affordable apart from the fact you’re paying shipping. But I mean, if there’s other stuff you’re ordering from What-Cha than it’s totally worth it, imo. Or if you’re not near a DT and would have to order online anyway. Plus, What-Cha carries their’s year round…

Main differences between the two blends are that DT’s has the “stick rice leaf” mixed into the tea as well (which is why we don’t class it as a scented/straight tea) which in theory should mean that it has a stronger rice flavour than What-Cha’s, which is only scented. Personally, I actually thought that What-Cha’s version was more rice heavy in flavour though. So I mean, depending on how strong a rice taste you actually want from the tea that could end up being a good or a bad thing for you.

Out of curiosity, CrowKettle which teas do you think were discontinued that were favourites? I can tell you definitively one way or the other!

CrowKettle

I was one of the oddballs that liked Jesse’s Tea and Dulce Banana (that last one was ages ago). Also, Gold Rush and Coco-Lemon Thai. But I probably spoke to hastily; there’s a few that would get me back in store- and if Santa’s Secret was available on the web for Black Friday Sunday sales I probably would’ve placed an order! <.<

Lexie Aleah

I have a brand new bag of unopened Jessie’s Tea if you’d like to trade. I accidentally bought it again when I did not like that tea.

Roswell Strange

Crowkettle – ah, yeah – sadly those ones have definitely all bit the dust. Gold Rush is one that personally I was really, really choked about. Santa’s Secret is back for the winter; I think we just sold out of it scary fast online for BF/CM – but if we do something sale wise for boxing day this year it should still be around at that time!

Arby

I was a big fan of Gold rush, Coco-lemon thai, Jesse’s tea, Rooibos de province, Mullberry magic, Yellow dragon, spearmint, Movie night, and Countess of Seville. All my staples have been discontinued except alpine punch and coco chai rooibos.

Lexie Aleah

I was really hoping DT’s Eggnog tea would come back this year.

Evol Ving Ness

yeah, Gold Rush….

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you for chiming in, Ms. Strange. Very informative and helpful.

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When I was growing up, my mom used to make plain stickyrice as a side to almost every meal. I’ll admit right now that I hated it; it was bland and unappetizing and when you had it almost every day well. That said, I really wanted to try this tea anyways; see how it stacked up in comparison.

Dry, it just smelt a bit like an artificial milk oolong. /Brewed/ though. Yup, that’s sticky rice. The aroma and even the taste, light, sweet, vaguely pudding-like. As an oolong, it’s an interesting and different experience, but dang if it doesn’t give me nostalgia vibes. I hated the rice because it was always a big scoop of gelatinous filler, but this was a nice treat to try anyhow.

While it was still hot, you could make out the light vegetal oolong, but as it cooled the rice dominated.

Steep two (done several hours later) smells just of strongly (if not stronger) of white rice. As it cools, the taste is coming through just as strongly.

Flavors: Rice Pudding

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tried this one out of curiosity and ended up picking some up. The flavor of the sticky rice comes through but doesn’t overpower the oolong. I definitely get “rice” from this blend though. It also tastes almost slightly sweet, with floral notes. It also smells amazing when brewed.

While not entirely related, I did notice the smell lingers. I spilled a little on my jeans and was catching the scent of rice all day.

Flavors: Floral, Rice, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Not bad but not great this time. Going to try 4 tsp, 195 degrees and 4 minutes next time. I didn’t finish drinking this one either :(

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I like sticky rice and Oolong so I was intrigued. I like the sweetness the sticky rice flavor adds. Nicely balanced – the sticky rice flavor comes through well but doesn’t totally overshadow the Oolong flavor. Good one.

Flavors: Coconut, Sweet

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I redeemed one of my FS rewards on this one, since it’s a bit pricey otherwise. I don’t know what sticky rice tastes like, but this is really tasty with honey in it! It’s a nice oolong with almost a rice pudding taste. I like.

Flavors: Rice Pudding

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Someone lost the cap to a carton of soy milk at work yesterday, and so rather than tossing out the carton of soy milk the whole staff just made their daily latte a soy latte and we finished off the jug. For most of them, that’s not a big deal – but I kind of hate the taste of soy milk. I mean, nut milks? Hell yeah, I’ll drink that over normal milk any day. Other soy based foods don’t bother me at all either, but soy milk is just such a no go for me. I’m a team player though, so I did my part.

I did, however, load this up with SO MUCH cane sugar to try and help mask the taste of the soy. I probably over did it by quite a lot. In fact, I definitely over did it. However it was still drinkable and I definitely didn’t pick up on the aspects of the soy milk I’m usually not into. What I ended up with was a drink that tasted exactly like the sugary sweet milk left over at the end of a bowl of Rice Krispies cereal. Tasty, but maybe not something you want a FULL cup of.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

Evol Ving Ness

hahaha, go team player you!

Indigobloom

I’m not a fan of soy milk either. Used to be, but lately it turns me off. But if that’s all we have in the house I definitely make something spicy to cover up the soyness. Chai chai cha!

Jlvintagelove

I want to try the sticky rice really bad. I have an hour drive to DT but maybe I will luck out that they have some left.

Kittenna

I’d forgotten this tea existed. I don’t even really remember what I thought of it!

Roswell Strange

It’s pretty similar to What-Cha’s Sticky Rice Oolong offering. Having now tried them both several times I’d be pretty content drinking either – main difference is that What-Cha seems to carry it year round. @Jlvintagelove What-Cha could be a good alternative for you if your DT is all out or you don’t feel like making the trek there.

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