Oolong Emerald GABA Tea is a rather particular product due to its low level of oxidation. When you search for tea rich of GABA, in fact, you generally come into an oolong because, in order to allow the formation of the gamma-aminobutyric acid, the leaves needs a certain amount of time during which it is natural for an oxidative process to take place.
Here the product had enough time to develop anhigh content of GABA but it also manage to maintain a totally green leaf. Thanks to the attentions of the tea master the oxidation level remains so low (around 10%) to consider this tea more close to a green type than an oolong ones.
The rare combinations of features from the green leaves and GABA could help people who don’t loves bold and tannic teas to get into the products rich of gamma-aminobutyric acid.
The infusion given by GABA Emerald Oolong Tea is a good combination of fresh and slightly spicy flavors. The fresh aspects related to the low oxidation of the leaves are a clean and satisfying mouthfeel, and, after some sips, the release of a sweet aspect reminding the taste of a white melon. The rounded and spicy part gives by the high presence of GABA, instead, is more evident and enjoyable in the aftertaste.
In order to feel better the oxidation level of this product and understanding why it is placed into the green teas category, we suggest you to do a comparison with the Four Season Organic Oolong Tea.
Place of origin
After harvesting, the leaves of the Oolong Emerald GABA tea wither for a short time in the sun before being placed to rest on indoor bamboo trays. Now it’s time for the producer’s touch who have to decide when and how to activate the oxidation process by bending, manually or mechanically, the leaves.
Furthermore, for GABA tea, the product is put to oxidize in an oxygen-poor environment so that a higher concentration of gamma-aminobutyric acid develops.
When the tea gets to the desired oxidation level (here around the 10%) it goes into an electric or coal oven where, thanks to the high temperature, it’s possible to stop the enzymatic activity. After a while the leaves are pull out of the oven and they are ball rolled by a special machinery in order to get the best shape to be stored.
Before being packed the product rest for few hours in order to dissipate a bit of the residues heat and humidity.
Method of infusion of Oolong Emerald GABA tea
We strongly recommend infusing the Oolong Emerald GABA tea in the traditional Chinese method (Gong Fu Cha) with a Gaiwan with a capacity of about 100 ml. Following this brewing technique you can, with 4.5 grams of leaves, do multiple infusions and have the most complete tasting experience of your tea.
After a brief rinse of the leaves in water at a temperature of 90°C you can do a first infusion of 10 seconds and, after that, maintaining the same water temperature, you can continue to push the product rising up the previous steeping time of 10 seconds (10 – 20 – 30…).
In order to have a more traditional brew in the Western style we suggest to steep 3 grams of leaves (about 2 teaspoons) for one minute and an half, using water at a temperature of 90°C in a mug with an approximate capacity of 150 ml.
For a better tasting experience we suggest to filter the infuse as close as possible to the proper steeping time indication. 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 drink any time during the day even by the most sensitive people. In the leaves, anyway, there’s a bit of caffeine but its effect is almost insignificant because of the high concentration of gamma-aminobutyric acid.
Other than being easy to drink at every hour, the GABA teas give some minerals and antioxidants capable of reducing the cellular aging together with an healthy lifestyle.