GABA oolong is a specially processed tea which is flushed with nitrogen during the what is traditionally an 'oxidization' process. This creates GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid) in the tea leaves, the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in our central nervous system. GABA oolong is said to calm the nerves and potentially has a whole host of medicinal benefits, although we'll leave that up to your own research.
We don't, however, choose teas for their health benefits, we choose teas for their taste. And this rich, red brothed GABA oolong is yummy.
This batch was harvested from the same garden as our Diva High Mountain Oolong, and made by the GABA Oolong Master that processed the Lalashan Hongshui all those years back.
Rich red-amber broth is flavorful and sweet, with notes of caramel and sweet potato. Aromatic notes of spices and dried fruit fill out the top end. Mouthfeel is round, soft and full. Masterfully processed so that the characteristic GABA taste is not at all protruding or obvious, and the smoothness of the tea leads as the defining characteristic.
Very forgiving to brew, and it does great grandpa style as well as gongfu style. Well suited to chilling after a long day.
- Harvest Date - Spring, 2023
- Harvest Location - Jianshi Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan
- Cultivar - Qing Xin