Alishan High Mountain GABA Green Tea - Spring 2015

Tea type
Green Oolong Blend
Ingredients
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Flavors
Almond, Creamy, Custard, Floral, Green, Lemon, Milk, Pleasantly Sour, Sweet, Tart, Thick, Vegetal, Walnut
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Edit tea info Last updated by Daylon R Thomas
Average preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “Even though it is technically the lightest of our GABA lineup it is still rich and flavorful. All around the tea is very interesting because it seems like an oolong but the taste is more mixed...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is my first GABA green tea, and as I enjoy GABA oolongs, I was quite excited when this arrived. The dry leaf fragrance is a nice mix of toasty and buttery aromas. Not at all unusual for a...” Read full tasting note
  • “Backlog. A good green tea, but it wasn’t as sweet as I had it last time. I must have brewed it well before, or I just had an overactive imagination while exploring different variants of Jin Xuan. I...” Read full tasting note

From Taiwan 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. The result is a rich and grassy tasting balled green tea with a high concentration of GABA that is also vibrant and fresh.

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. 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 while being both stimulating and soothing to the nervous system.

Harvest: Spring 2015 / 冬 二零一五

Varietal: Jin Xuan / 金萱

Elevation: 1000 M

Region: Alishan Mountain / 阿里山

Oxidation Level: 0%

Roast Level: 0

Aging Potential: Medium

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Even though it is technically the lightest of our GABA lineup it is still rich and flavorful. All around the tea is very interesting because it seems like an oolong but the taste is more mixed with green tea qualities.

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This is my first GABA green tea, and as I enjoy GABA oolongs, I was quite excited when this arrived.

The dry leaf fragrance is a nice mix of toasty and buttery aromas. Not at all unusual for a green tea, but perhaps a little more on the buttered toast side of things.

I gave the dry leaves a quick rinse (probably 10s in total contact time) with 85*C water. The leaves gave off a plume of more attractive buttery/toasty smells, but now with a starchy hint of plantain chips. That plantain character is clearly the GABA processing peering through. It is not vegetal (sweet potatoes) like some GABA oolongs can get. In fact, it feels right at home in the fragrance of a green tea.

After letting the leaves rest for 10 minutes or so, I steeped the tea for 30 seconds at 80*C. A hint of floral character starts to peak through in the aromas off the leaves. The body of the brew is thick, and the flavor is a buttery with some savory complexity. Subsequent steeps are consistently pleasant.

All in all, while this tea isn’t very complex, it is clean, quality material that is quite satisfying and does keep my interest throughout due to its well defined character. In addition, the GABA character doesn’t overshadow the tea flavors and aromas at all, but rather enhances the existing, comfortable green tea flavors and aromas. With each steep I slip a little further down in my chair (that is to say, it is indeed relaxing). I’m not usually big on green teas, and was maybe hoping for something a little “weirder,” but I certainly have been enjoying this.

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Backlog. A good green tea, but it wasn’t as sweet as I had it last time. I must have brewed it well before, or I just had an overactive imagination while exploring different variants of Jin Xuan. I got sesame, walnut, bock choy, sourness, thick body, spinach, and a hint of lemon every now and then. I’m hoping that it continues to hold up.

It also could be my preference has changed. I really do prefer lighter teas now.

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