Our unique Gaba Oolong tea selection is produced from low-elevation grown Taiwanese tea plants. Know for a calming effect on the nervous system, this style of tea contains a high percentage of Gamma-Amino butyric Acid (GABA).
A partially oxidized, nugget-style tea from Taiwan, it grows readily in the foothills of famed Mount Ali. Tea plants are known to produce leaves especially high in glutamic acid. About two weeks prior to plucking, Gaba oolong leaves are partially shaded, which causes increased production of this substance.
During the oxidation-phase of production, all oxygen is replaced with nitrogen gas, whose presence causes the glutamic acid to be converted to Gamma-Amino butyric Acid. This tea has a wonderful, soothing flavor, said by some to be similar to that of ripe bananas. It produces a caramel-colored, fragrant brew when steeped.