I know what you’re probably thinking. What the heck is GABA? I know this because it is exactly what I thought the first time I read it. Maybe you are already familiar with GABA and what it does, but I was not until recently. GABA stands for gamma-aminobutyric acid and it is supposed to help calm the nervous system and promote relaxation and sleep. Here is an article that explains it in detail here.
For a tea to become a GABA tea, it is processed in nitrogen and that is the only difference. Now, on to the tea!
I used about 5 grams of tea and full boiling water at 212F. First infusion was 25 seconds and 5 additional seconds for each subsequent infusion. I like Harney and Sons in general, but the main knock on them is that they don’t give much scope of their tea at all. the only information they gave was that this is a Taiwanese oolong. It looks to be roasted, but I’m not sure if the nitrogen gives it that dark color or not. My guess is that it was roasted based on the flavors.
I was so excited to try it that I didn’t get a picture of the first infusion. I know, total fail! I noted flavors of roasted nuts, caramel, honey, and toffee, and it was very good.
On the second infusion, I noted a taste of coffee and what I can best describe as a baked fruit. This one was hard to pin down but I kept going back to baked banana, which I have never actually eaten, so I can’t say for sure.
The third infusion brought about a flavor of mint and eucalyptus, which was a welcome flavor and I enjoyed it quite a bit.
On the fourth infusion, I picked up a note of toasted grains, which was interesting
The fifth was similar to the fourth. On the sixth and seventh infusions, the strongest flavor was mint. This tea was very unique and interesting. I love how it started with roasted and toasted notes and finished minty and sweet.
Now, as far as the GABA part goes, well I am getting pretty sleepy now and feeling pretty good, so I think it works. I am more interested in the taste of the tea than the effects it has on me, but if it makes you feel better, then that’s a nice bonus. Tea always makes me feel good in one way or another though, because tea is awesome like that!
Thanks for reading. Up next will be either Yunnan Golden Tips or a Korean Jeju Sejak, not sure yet!