Hong Yu Jade GABA Red (Black) Tea (also called Red Jade or Ruby Red) is an internationally recognized premium red tea. This is one of the most unique and best quality red teas in the world, grown and processed from the TRES #18 cultivar.
The special processing involves letting the leaves rest in a nitrogen-enriched, oxygen-deprived environment just after harvesting to stimulate the production of the amino acid GABA, in which the product is very rich. Subsequent processing steps then follow the classic red tea production process: the leaves are rolled (or, in this case, balled), allowed to oxidize completely, and finally dried.
The malty and fruity sweetness of this tea, enhanced by fresh, slightly mentholated notes, will know how to bring even those who do not like more tannic and full-bodied flavors closer to this type of product, which is excellent for health as it is rich in gamma-aminobutyric acid of innumerable benefits for our body.
Tasting – Sight and smell
Hong Yu Jade GABA red tea has leaves with a rather narrow rolled shape and a beautiful color contrast between deep brown and golden ochre. Once infused, the leaves unfold to their full size, releasing sweet and malty aromas, with notes of caramel and candied fruit and a surprising finish of basil and baked vegetables. The liquor is amber-red, with beautiful bright highlights.
GONG FU CHA
The first infusion of Hong Yu Jade GABA red tea is very delicate, with a sweet and fruity taste reminiscent of a plum syrup. There are notes of honey and a vaguely balsamic hint on the finish. With the second brew, the body becomes rounder and softer, red fruits in compote and caramel appear, with a slight peppery note emerging. The third and subsequent infusions give a stronger, though still malty, very sweet liquor with no trace of astringency or bitterness. A scented wood note appears, and spices are more strongly felt, with black pepper and cardamom lingering for a long time.
Hong Yu Jade GABA red tea opens with sweet notes of molasses and caramel, followed by fruity hints such as cooked apples and cooked and syrupy plums. A delicate woody and spicy hint (white pepper and black pepper) is then picked up, accompanied by a medium body but incredibly enveloping and soft. The closure is characterized by an almost mentholated aftertaste that leaves an extremely fresh sensation on the palate: in fact, the persistence is sweet, fruity and balsamic.
Place of origin
Ming Jian, Nantou County, Taiwan
Infusion method of Red (Black) Hong Yu Jade GABA Tea
We strongly recommend infusing Hong Yu Jade GABA Red (Black) Tea by the traditional Chinese method (Gong Fu Cha) with a gaiwan with a capacity of about 150 ml. By following this preparation, multiple infusions can be made with 5 grams of leaves that are useful to best capture all the flavor nuances of the tea.
After briefly rinsing the leaves with water at a temperature of 90°C, proceed to an initial 30-second infusion. Keeping the water at the same temperature, you can then continue to exploit the same leaves by adding more water and increasing the infusion time by 10 seconds each time (30-40-50…).
This tea has a longevity of 5 infusions.
For a more classic preparation according to the Western style, we recommend 3 grams of leaves (about 2 teaspoons) in a 200-mL cup with water at 90°C for an infusion time of 3 minutes.
For a better tasting experience, we suggest that you strain the infusion as soon as the brewing time is over. The brewing time recommendations, however, can also be slightly adjust by your personal taste in order to obtain a strong or more delicate cup of tea.
Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
Benefits of GABA tea
The teas rich of GABA have a particular relaxing effect on our bodies. The gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), in fact, is a neurotransmitter that our organism already produce and use when it is necessary to reduce the excitement of the nervous system.
So the GABA teas, thanks to their light exciting effect, can be drunk any time during the day even by the most sensitive people. Some caffeine is still present in the leaves, but its effect is almost nil because of the high concentration of gamma-aminobutyric acid and L-Theanine.
In addition to being suitable at all times, GABA teas provide some useful antioxidants and minerals, along with a healthy lifestyle, to slow cellular aging.