Formosa Gaba 2021 No.553
high mountain rolled oolong tea
the rich flavor of the legendary Qing Xin (青心) varietal
relaxing and stress-relieving GABA effect
Taiwan, Shan Lin Xi (杉林溪)
The tea was picked 15-18. of April, from the varietal Qing Xin 青 心 Jade green heart, which is one of Taiwan’s most legendary tea variants. It originates from the Chinese province of Anxi arrived with tea farmers in the late 19th century. In our opinion, the best high mountain oolongs are made from this Green Heart variety. The special feature of the tea is that the flowery, invigorating green heart can be clearly felt, which is accompanied by Dong Ding-like roasting, and the Gaba process. A real cavalcade of variable flavors, a great experience. It is a very complex tea, also recommended if you want to get your friends hooked up with tea. The relaxation effects of Gaba come slowly, softly and bring a pleasant overall effect.
As the most important inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) plays a key role in regulating the excitability of neurons in various neural functions such as motor activity, learning, and sleep. In the ’80s, a procedure was discovered in Japan to increase Gaba levels in tea leaves, giving them a soothing, balancing tea. Gaba is an oxygen-free fermentation technique, during this process of anaerobe fermentation, a large amount of natural GABA accumulates in the leaves. This compound is noted for its great muscle relaxant and stress-relieving effect.
Read more about the calming effects of Gaba teas in our blog.
Steamed gaiwan: butter, roasted notes
Tastes, feelings: Cavalcade of variable flavors; caramel, butter roasted pumpkin, apple pie, raspberry, zserbo. It got a stronger roasting, like Dong Ding. The feeling is like a good old friend’s hug. There is a nice calming effect and some vigilance also.
Quantity: 6-7 grams per 180ml
Water temperature: 85-90ºC. From fresh, cold spring water or filtered water
Brewing time: 10-15…seconds