Tasting Note: Cocoa, Sweet, Toasty, Fruity, Cookie, Nutty
Ferment Level: 55%
Roasting Level: Medium
GABA Content: 178mg/100g tea
Growing Location and Altitude: 400m, Nantou, Taiwan
GABA Tea is one of the most precious teas that was ever developed, not only for its resulting drinking enjoyment, but rather for its reputed health benefits. Recently introduced in the 1990’s and was developed by Dr. Tsushima Tojiro of Japan’s National Tea Experiment Station. His work resulted in a procedure that increases the content of γ-Aminobutyric acid, or gamma-Aminobutyric acid, or even simpler, GABA, the acronym of the term. GABA plays a role in regulating neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system.
Because of its calming and soothing effects, GABA helps to lower blood pressure, helps to control hypoglycaemia, prevents anxiety and promotes restful sleep. To an extent, it also regulates appetite, which is helpful in maintaining an optimal body weight. In addition, GABA is also directly responsible for the regulation of muscle tone.
Many clinical studies have shown that the ingestion of GABA releases human growth hormones with remarkable effectiveness, especially after exercise. The release of growth hormones is known to increase lean body mass. Consequently, GABA tea is an invaluable nutritional supplement for body builders, power lifters, runners, martial artists, and athletes of all types All teas have health-promoting compounds, but GABA tea has the highest concentration of anti-oxidants, including catechins, flavanoids, and polyphenols. Anti-oxidants are helpful in fighting many types of disease including: cancer, Parkinson’s disease, senility, drug-induced deafness, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
With all this said, the best thing about GABA tea is that it is wonderfully good in the cup! This tea is one of the most accessible, easy drinking teas we propose. The special, oxygen-deprived environment that increases the content of GABA while oxidizing the leaves, smoothes out the tannins leaving a crisp, slightly tart, but never bitter feeling in the mouth. The nose is all fruit, berries to be more precise. As soon as hot water is poured on the leaves, a wonderfully inviting aroma of strawberry jam and sultana raisins invites us to taste the cup. Generous and refreshing, GABA tea not only makes a beautiful hot beverage, it is fantastic as a refreshing iced tea!