GABA Oolong

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Oolong Tea
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Butternut Squash, Squash
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Fruity, nectar, multiple tastes

Chiayi County, Taiwan

Spring Tea

Harvest Date:

April 7, 2021

Dry Leaf:
Tightly curled into semi-ball, with a few stalks, light brown in color

Ripe fruit and sweet fragrance

Bright and clear amber

Smooth and mellow, rich in taste, the fruity and nectar is outstanding,

with lingering sweet aftertaste

Tea Bush:
C.sinensis cv.Qingxin (Chin Shin Oolong)

Tea Garden:
Shi Zhuo Tea Garden

GABA Content:

Moderate caffeine (less than 20% of a cup of coffee)

Store in airtight, opaque packaging; keep refrigerated

Shelf Life:
24 Months

The first time we heard GABA oolong, we were attracted by its unique name. GABA oolong, also named Jia Ye Oolong, is a kind of oolong tea that is fermented under anaerobic conditions. And the tea fermented under this condition will produce a lot of GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid, an amino acid that occurs naturally in the human brain to help neurons communicate effectively.) GABA tea was first discovered by Japanese researcher Dr. Tsushida Tojiro, and gradually became known and loved by more and more people.

TeaVivre’s GABA Oolong is produced in Taiwan. It is a heavy fermented oolong, so it has light brown dry leaves and amber tea liquid, and it is also very infusion-enduring. The mouthfeel of GABA oolong is very rich. The entrance is sweet; taste carefully, and you’ll find the fruity and nectar scent, which is similar to the oriental beauty. It has not only the sweetness of black tea but also the jujube aroma of white tea; these entire flavors will linger in our mouth even after we swallow the liquid. It is definitely worth a try.

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I really didn’t buy this for flavor — more that I wanted the stress and anxiety reducing properties of GABA and I didn’t have any GABA teas around.  One teaspoon of these tiny bundles is enough to unravel in an entire steeping basket.   The flavor is quite different from any other oolong I have tried.  It’s butternut squash and only butternut squash.  Second steep?  It’s summer squash and only summer squash.  Third steep looks as dark as a black tea and tastes like a variety of squash.  I was dreading it being a one note of roasted flavor, but I’m not tasting a roasted note at all.  As regards the GABA, I think…. I was feeling the normal levels of stress and anxiety.  I also slept about the same, so it didn’t change my sleep.  Maybe my stress is too much for ANY GABA to handle.  I wouldn’t use more than one teaspoon to find out.  hmm… at least when I’m craving a tea with the flavors of squash, there is a definite tea for that.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for a mug // 24 minutes after boiling // 1-2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep 
Steep #3 // 2 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Harvest: 2023

Flavors: Butternut Squash, Squash


The Japanese advertise everything that has GABA in it. You can’t go into a store and not see a few products standing out stating it.

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Thanks Teavivre for gifting me this sample! I have to say that, when it comes to GABA, oolong tea is almost always my preference and this is such an easy going, approachable and just delicious tasting one! Initially I got quite a bit of stonefruit in my early steeps. The plum notes were nice and jammy in a coating sort of way, and what was especially interesting was how they were almost more delicate and light bodied but very “low hitting” on the palate without any real acidity or brightness. They weaved in with the more golden roast and very woody leaning profile in a super relaxing way where it was hard to pick out any one flavour without getting at least two others at the same time.

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