You see, rice farmers apparently tend to keep back a good rice harvest to serve up with their families on special occasions... and 2006 was a recent good harvest. Tilda kept back this harvest, but decided to share it with us instead of keeping it all to themselves, so we can see (or taste) what the passage of time does to basmati rice.
First of all, you realise you're in for something special from the packaging. A matt black sealed box. You open it up, and you get 500g of the vintage rice, in gold packaging. And, just when you thought rice was getting just a little bit too showbiz for its own good, you open the pack and take in the aroma of the contents.
The vintage rice has a deep nuttiness - almost a 'toastiness' to it. Uncooked, they don't look much different from the regular grains of basmati I buy but once they're boiled, you notice that the grains stay more separate, are more fluffy and have a sweeter, somehow richer flavour. A really good rice for a special occasion, or for a bit more indulgence to your regular curry night. I honestly never knew that rice changed its flavour and texture once it had aged.
|White, fluffy Tilda Vintage Basmati rice alongside a mild lentil curry...|
Have you tried the limited edition basmati rice? What did you think?