Flavor: Mild fruity aroma. Smooth, character with notes of papaya and guava. Soothing, sweet/floral finish.
Garden: This source is one the most innovative and progressive tea producers we know. A husband and wife team cooperate with neighboring farmers to produce an impressive array of organically cultivated teas in the historical tea growing region of Songbolin in Nantou County. From wild and heirloom tea strains to modern hybrid cultivars and tea blends, they have researched and developed eclectic processing methods to make some novel types of tea.
Harvest: Machine harvested, medium batch, Fall 2016, Songbolin, Nantou, Taiwan
GABA tea is similar to a black tea in its character, yet it is unique in that it has almost no astringency at all. It brews a very smooth, sweet, balanced flavor that is soothing and relaxing as well as rejuvenating.
Mr. and Mrs. Xie manage their cooperative of certified organic farms in a way that we that combines tradition with an eclectic knowledge of tea production. They have an integrated understanding of what works in terms of tea cultivation and processing as well as consumer market trends. After visiting them numerous times in their home and gradually learning of their overall production that would only be humbly offered when warranted by our relentless questions, we discovered this tea type that is our first opportunity to offer GABA tea.
Typically, when we sit down at Mr. Xie's tea table, he will brew that he has recently or is currently in the process of curing. In effect, we often get to try a type of tea we have never tasted before. This in itself is a gift freely offered by these modest and impressively knowledgeable tea farmers. He never says what the tea is before we taste it and ask about it, which provides us with a kind of experiential quiz!