Alishan High Mountain GABA Oolong Tea - Winter 2016Taiwan Sourcing
Thanks to the plantation that's located in the deep mountain environment with opulent sunshine exposure, our GABA tea material comes the 100% Jin Xuan varietal from Alishan area with a incomparable quality.
This is technically not a roasted oolong, but it's oxidized at about 30%, which gives it a golden-yellow tea soup with buttery yam-like taste and a honey aroma. If you are a fan of medium level roasted Alishan oolongs then you'll probably enjoy this "Mi Xiang" style GABA oolong!
GABA stands for Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid, and the content of this tea is aournd 400 mg per 100 grams which is higher than most of the GABA tea in the market. Through a series of research, Japanese scholar Omori Masashi ( 大森 正司 ) confirmed it has a very powerful antihypertensive effect thanks to its extremely high content of γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) compared to other teas. The GABA content adds a thick layer of baked sweet potato taste to the tea and is proven to offer the drinker a soothing or relaxing feeling. GABA processing, which involves shade growing and then nitrogen sparging was developed by the Japanese and later perfected by the Taiwanese. The result is a tea that tastes great, at once stimulating and soothing to the nervous system.
Harvest: Winter 2016 / 冬 貳零壹陸
Varietal: Jin Xuan / 金萱
Elevation: 1000 M / 壹仟 公尺
Region: Alishan / 阿里山
Fermentation Level: 30% / 分之 卅
Roast Level: 0 / 無
Thick and sweet from the get-go. There's a fermented mulberry fruit sweetness in it (both taste and aroma). Recommend spinning some tunes and getting giddy when you drink this tea. Thanks Horace Silver Quintet!
Well made GABA tea always makes me happy. Lots of full flavor here. To me it has a raw cacao quality that I love. It gets fruity and holds up for many rounds. I have also enjoyed long steeps of 1-3 hours over a small flame.
As an old dog who loves drinking GABA, this GABA oolong is sweeter than the black GABA tea. Although it share the same banana note like black GABA, this oolong GABA however taste more like "grape hi-chew candy" at the end. Indicating that this is a mildly fermented tea unlike black tea.