Alishan High Mountain Roasted GABA Oolong Tea - Spring 2015Taiwan 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 a roasted oolong with about 30% of oxidation. It looks very similar to the not roasted GABA we previously offered, but the roast gives it a very peculiar note. If you are a fan of medium level roasted Alishan oolongs but want something that is able to calm your mind, then this should definitely be the oolong you are looking for!
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: Spring 2015 / 春 貳零壹伍
Varietal: Jing Xuan / 金萱
Elevation: 1000 M / 壹仟 公尺
Region: Alishan / 阿里山
Fermentation Level: 30% / 分之 卅
Roast Level: 3 / 三 分
Dark roasted leaf brews up a caramelized sweet potato and sweet mushroom tea soup. Can be infused many many times... later infusions thick and sweet with less roasted tones. Tranquil tea sessions!
I love GABA teas. I also love serving them to people that are new to the whole tea experience. This roasted GABA oolong is a treat. Very intriguing aroma for sure, and the taste has a roasted sun-dried tomato and other roasted vegetable quality. Its a fun tea to drink for the experience and uniqueness.
As an old dog who thought it was confident enough to know the aroma of every tea, this is the tea that got an old dog baffled. It still has that GABA character in the high elevation, but thanks to the roast it has turned into something that is delightful but difficult to identify. Something that resembles a kind of pastry......an old dog will keep looking for an answer until it found one.