GABA stands for gamma amino butyric acid, an amino acid that is one of the main neurotransmitters in the central nervous system. GABA has a relaxing, calming effect on the nervous system and has an abundant amount of health benefits. Due to the unique way in which this high grown tea was produced (unlike other oolongs, this tea is starved of oxygen during the production process) it has an exceptionally high level of GABA, making it almost a type of “superfood tea”.
Grown at high altitude and made from the cultivar Jin Xuan, our reason for loving this tea is not just how great it makes us feel but the taste, which actually has to be tried to be believed. Oxidised to about 60% and lightly roasted, this tea is far more intense than any other GABA oolong we have tried, in fact the first customer who tried it in the shop thought it must be a flavoured tea! The first infusion has very strong caramel and honey notes, with further infusions getting more complex and fruity.
If you have never tried a Gaba oolong or if the organic Gaba oolongs you have tried before now have left you cold, please try this one, we are sure you won’t be disappointed.
While this tea can of course be prepared “western style” in a teapot using ca. 6g tea for 500ml of water and making 1 – 4 infusions of 2 – 3 minutes each, we strongly recommend trying it gong fu style so that you can fully appreciate how the tightly rolled leaves unfold to reveal their beautiful scent and complex flavour notes. If you do this, use the same amount of tea (ca. 6g) for 120ml of water, make a first infusion of 15 – 20 seconds, then add 5 seconds for each subsequent infusion. This should allow you to make approximately 5 – 6 infusions during which you will experience how the aroma and flavours develop with each steeping.