Thank you to Tea Bento for the free sample of this!
I had no idea what to expect from a GABA oolong, but this was a delicious morning cup. The main flavours are grain (brown rice, barley), toasty and slightly sweet. I did not experience any side effects from the GABA, but it was a very tasty cup and I will continue to experiment with GABA.
While this has a distinctly toasted oolong vibe to it, it emphasises the toasted grain so well it reminds me a lot of genmaicha. The aftertaste starts heading towards that bitterness that some tasted oolongs have, but then steers away towards molasses and tapioca pudding.
The mouth feel is thick, malty. It brews a lovely amber colour. As you re steep, it starts brewing light gold. New notes of hay and honey appear in later steeps (3-4).
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Grain, Hay, Honey, Molasses, Rice, Rice Pudding, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Toasted Rice, Toasty