DMS ‘Cha Khao Hoom’ Rice Tea, Classic: This Northern Thai specialty, produced on tha basis of an Oolong tea produced from a tea variety that has been local to the area for centuries, and flavored with a special local wild-growing herb, “Nuo Mi Xiang Nen Ye” (= “sweet fragrance rice tender leaves”), giving the tea an intensive rice aroma, is unique to this region indeed. Expressively, this is not a genmaicha, as some might expect, and nothing similar to that tea either.
In the nomenclature of this tea, DMS means the cultivation region Doi Mae Salong, while ‘Cha Khao Hoom’ is the Thai language phrase for Rice Tea. ‘Classic’ refers to the long tradidion of tea producers in north Thailand producing this tea in this version.
After the flavoring/scenting process, which is done under heat feed of the mix and without the use of any artificial aroma agents, the aromadonor herb ‘Nuo Mi Xiang Nen Ye’ is rolled along with the tea leaves in a final processing step to their characteristic granule form. At this, the leaves of the herb are “invisibly” rolled into the tea leaves.
Unique and multi-facetted delicious aromatic mix of fresh Oolong tea and tangy rice flavors, both maintaining an undiminished presence over two to three infusions. The scent of the dry granules as well as the tea liquor, which shows a clear sated yellow to golden brown color, conveys a distinct idea of the taste of this regional delicacy that otherwise might only be found in Burma’s Shan areas.
For the best possible taste result, DMS Chaa Khao Hoom Rice Tea Classic should be infused for 2 – 3 minutes with ca. 80 – 85°C hot water and – with a dosage of 3 – 5 grams of the tea granule per 250 ml teapot will easily produce 3 – 4 worthy infusions.
For more detailed information on Cha Khao Hom Thai Rice Tea, please also see the latest northern Thai development in this category, our Cha Khao Hom Thai Rice Tea Premium and our dedicated Siam Tea Blog article “Cha Khao Hom Thai Rice Tea – A Northern Thai Tea Specialty in Classic and Premium“, among others containing a detailed direct comparison between Classic and the Premium version.