GABA Oolong


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 medical benefits, which you can read about on Wikipedia.

We have been approached many times in the past about GABA oolong. But we don't choose teas because of their health benefits, we choose teas that taste good! And this style of GABA tastes really yummy. It's processed darker, like a red water oolong, which amounts to a deep orange/red broth with caramel and ripe fruit notes.


This is a solid, rich GABA tea with a full caramel sweetness. Initial notes of red berries in early infusions yeild to more dried fruit, figs and raisin, aroma in later infusions as does a hint of Chinese herbal aroma. Broth is brothy :) Straightforward and satisfying with plenty of sweetness.

There is very little (if any) detectable flavor of that GABA sourness that sometimes shows up. It's clean and relaxing and good to drink!

Brewing Notes

Very forgiving to brew, and it does great grandpa style as well as gongfu style. Very suited to chilling after a long day.



  • Harvest Date - August, 2020
  • Harvest Location - Xinzhu, Taiwan
  • Cultivar - Qing Xin

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