Gaba Tea or Gaba Cha or Tea Gaba

In my cup this morning, 2 Oolong Gaba teas.

One is an organic tea from China, the other is from Taiwan. The Gaba Oolong Tea is a tea very much appreciated in South East Asia , for its medicinal virtues,  yet it is little known in France.

The Gaba tea is not the name of a tea production region nor that of a  special “cultivar”. Its name comes from a specific production method which increases the concentration of the natural molecules, Gaba.

But what is “Gaba” ?

Gaba is the abreviation for gamma-aminobutyric acid. According to medical encyclopedias it is an amino acid, neuromediator, present in the body and more specifically in certain nerve cells of the brain (grey matter)  and of the retina. Gaba may be found in fresh vegetables, such as green beans, for instance.

Japanese scienctists found over 20 years ago, that when enclosing tea leaves in an environement  nitrogene rich, it does increase naturally the rate of Gana.

The leaves of the two Oolong Gaba shown below, have been placed into air-tight steal containers , where oxygene has been replaced by azote.



On the dry leaves one may notice a color difference between the 2 teas.  The chinese one is rolled-up into rather small dark-brown balls, with a smell of heated sugar or honey.

The taïwanese one shows leaves rolled-up irregularly. The color is a lighter brown, with scatterred greener leaves.  A rosted note exhale from it.



The infusions differ too. While Chinese organic Gaba Oolong  expands into notes slightly underwood, soft and sweet, Taiwanese Gaba tea expresses nuances of boiled chestnuts, wood with a slight floral fragrance at the end.

Liquors also unveil diferences. First of all, the color. That of organic Chinese Gaba Cha is orange-brown , whereas the color of the Tawainese tea is rather ‘rusty-gold’. The cup’s expression do share resemblances in the lineair aspect of their expression, with no astringence or bitterness.

Chinese Gaba tea develops wooden notes, whereas the taiwanese tea provides a milky taste, creamy with slightly floral after taste.

Both leave in the mouth an impression of freshness.

The success of Oolong Gaba tea in Asia comes from its medicinal properties derived from this very unic method of production.

Further to the published medical studies, Gaba tea has the highest rate of antioxydant, catechine and polyphenols. It is excellent to fight hypertension and helps relax and calm anxiety and stress.

One last word, the Japanese government has enacted strict rules for the Gaba tea , that any and all producers must comply with, in order to have the right to use the « Gaba appellation ».

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