Featured Reblend for February 2019: Mango Sticky Rice Genmaicha!
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Mango Sticky Rice Genmaicha!
Tea Description: I first created this as a tea of the week for February 2016 (Wow, it's already been 3 years!) & I'm happy to be bringing it back (for a limited time). Since that time, my favorite Thai food restaurant has changed - as well as my favorite Thai entree - but I haven't changed the recipe for this blend. But since I have changed favorite Thai restaurants, I decided that more research was necessary - so we stopped in, enjoyed our favorite Crying Tiger dish & ordered some Mango Sticky Rice for dessert.
My original description says:
I love the Mango Sticky Rice dessert that is offered in my favorite Thai food restaurant. It reminds me a bit of rice pudding but with coconut and mango and even just a hint of caramelized flavor to it. So I decided pretty early on when Frank approached me about taking over 52Teas that I would need to create a Mango Sticky Rice dessert in tea form - and really, what base is more perfect than a Matcha infused Genmaicha base? I love the hint of creamy texture that the Matcha adds to this and the popped rice not only adds a hint of nutty rice flavor but also accentuates the touch of caramel flavor that I added to this blend.
This has the flavor of mango sticky rice but not the calories! YUM!
It's been a while since I've had some of the original batch of this tea - but this tastes very much like I remember that original batch tasting! So sweet and creamy with just the right touch of tangy mango in the aftertaste. Organic, VEGAN & gluten-free!
organic ingredients: green teas, popped rice, freeze-dried mango, toasted coconut, toasted sesame seeds and all-natural flavors
I am happy to have this back in my pantry! This is so good!
With the first few sips, I noticed primarily the creamy notes of custard - with hints of coconut. I didn't pick up on a lot of mango at first - but after a few more sips, the mango notes started coming forward - especially in the finish with a lingering sweet-tart mango note in the aftertaste. I'm also picking up on the nutty notes from the toasty popped rice which lends itself well to not only the flavors of custard, coconut, and mango but also ties the different notes of this tea together and gives it an overall Mango Sticky Rice flavor.
So very nice!
to brew: give the pouch a gentle shake before you measure to make sure that all the ingredients are well-incorporated throughout. measure just under 3g of tea to 12 ounces of water heated to 175°F. steep for 2 minutes, strain & allow to cool for at least 5 minutes.