Cha Khao Hoom

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This is a Northern Thai specialty green tea that is harvested from a tea plant species that has been local to the area for centuries. It is infused during processing with a local wild growth herb, giving it an intense rice aroma that will transport you to Thailand before you’ve even taken the first sip.

Distinct from its Japanese cousin Genmaicha, this Rice Tea gives the flavours of fresh boiled rice combined with an equally fresh and clear green tea.

No flavour essences are used in the processing of this tea – the herbs are included in the heating stage and removed from the final product.

Region: Doi Mae Salong (DMS), Nth Thailand

Preparation advice
Quantity: 3g (1 thin tsp) per cup
Steeping time: 2:45 – 3 minutes
Water temperature: 75°C

Vue de Monde serves this tea.

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I’ve been keen to try a few Northern Thailand teas lately, having spent a bit of the time in the region but never quite finding a green tea that knocked my socks off. This tea will KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF, for better or worse – it has flavor by the overcrowded-thai-busloads. This pervasive character will likely make as many enemies as it does friends, but It is a tea you simply have to try for yourself. Peerless and delicious. When I first tried it I thought it was delicious but perhaps not a tea i’d be reaching for every day, but I’ve actually been surprised by how often I crave a cup. And when you crave a cup of Cha Khao Hoom, not much else will hit the spot.

Aroma: Ok I’m going to say it: the aroma of this tea is a dead-ringer for Thai weed (or cough so I’m told) – like a smelly, funky tropical forest floor – dank, woody and earthy. Ok back to planet earth… Skunk aside, the unmissable character of this tea is that of fresh steamed rice. Wildly comforting and delicious. Rich, toasty, slightly smoky wood aromas are there – reminiscent of a Dan Cong or other roasted Oolong. Popped corn and straw are in there too. The aroma holds fast for 3, 4… 5 steepings. This tea has legs.

Palate: All the warm comfort and full-bodied flavor of a big bowl of steamed rice. Mellow, subtly fragrant, slightly toasty and entirely wholesome. That thai bud ‘dank’ toastiness is in there too (ok enough of that now). Popped corn, subtle pine needle notes and a very slight fresh grassiness round out the palate. Very low tannin and a lingering sweetness. Like the nose, the palate stays punchy for a good five or so steepings, making this tea ridiculously good value.

Overall: A very comforting drop that cant help but sweep me off to Thailand. This tea is really something different. Not the only tea I’d want to own but definitely one I want in my cupboard at all times.

Price: AUD$18/100g

165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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