Jin Xuan GABA Black Tea Tasting Notes | Eco-Cha Tea Club

April 12, 2019 3 Comments

The source of this month's batch of tea being shared with the Eco-Cha Tea Club is one of our most admired people we've met in the local tea industry here in Taiwan. He has pioneered natural tea farming methods and tea processing methods and succeeded in producing quality tea that is not found in the general marketplace. We are privilege to learn from and represent Mr. Xie, with whom we've now developed a lasting friendship.

Mr. Xie has been producing significant quantities of GABA Oolong Tea for several years, but this is the first batch of GABA tea that he processed as a Black Tea. After sharing his hand-picked, naturally farmed GABA Oolong that had been aged for a full year last July, we are excited to share this batch that was harvested last June, and aged 9 months. While these time periods do not qualify as "aging" tea, they do allow the composition of the leaves to mellow and offer a richer, more full-bodied character.

This month's GABA Black Tea has a similar flavor profile to last July's batch, with a more thoroughly cured, mellowed character. While last July's batch of GABA Oolong maintained some of its fresh/dried fruit character, this month's GABA Black is more of a cured/cooked fruit character. It offers more caramelized, or stewed fruit flavored nots. It's still delicate and complex, but with more depth and perhaps even molasses character. We find it very soothing, and it's flavor accompanies its proposed calming effect.

GABA Tea processing methods were originally invented in Japan, and the demand for it inspired its production here in Taiwan, by some of the world's best Oolong and Black tea makers. You can learn more about the research on GABA here.

We're confident that you will enjoy the experience of this month's batch being shared with the Eco-Cha Tea Club, and we look forward to hearing your comments!

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3 Responses

Eco-Cha
Eco-Cha

April 25, 2019

Nick and Harri, we’re glad you guys enjoyed this tea!

Harri Falck
Harri Falck

April 25, 2019

Truly enjoyable tea. Nice balanced cherry and peach dessert sweetness and calming feel. Flavors and sweetness is nice balance. All notes are in balance and none is overpowering. Ah so good.

Nick
Nick

April 25, 2019

It’s my third month with the eco cha tea club and I’m very happy with all the teas I’ve gotten. Each one is unique and different and allows me to see and taste from a variety of viewpoints and processing methods rather than 1 ideal.

Tried this tea the other day. Tasting notes are quite honest. The tea has a dried fruit flavor (plum, prune, apricot) with a strong tanginess that disappears in later steeps. I took my steeped leaves to the office the next day and had a couple very nice and relaxed grandpa style infusions. Thank you eco cha!

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