Tasting Notes: Rich and smooth amber liquor with sweet notes of summer squash and spice.
One of the most unique teas in our collection, this Northern Taiwanese oolong is the product of a process created in Japan's National Institute for Tea Experimentation in the late 1980's. Through the use of the modern culinary technique sous-vide, an anaerobic reaction enhances the already naturally occurring stress reducing amino acid GABA. This leaves you with a perfectly balanced cup engineered for energy and focus.
The lightly rolled leaves give this oolong a deep amber cup with notes of dried fruit and sweet spice. Delicious, relaxing, and complex, feel uplifted and calm with this very re-steepable oolong. For added sweetness and comfort, pair with Cinnamon Honey.
Find out more about the production, effects, and benefits of Gabacha oolong, here!
Gabacha is the hands-down staff-favorite oolong at our Saratoga Springs Tea Bar. Rich but balanced, this oolong steeps wonderfully using either the traditional or western brewing techniques. Steeping using the traditional gaiwan, you should anticipate up to 12 beautiful steeps. Western-style brewers can comfortably enjoy 5-6 steeps of this lovely, stress-relieving brew.
Oolong teas, often tightly twisted or rolled, may be first "rinsed" before being infused. To rinse the tea, simply cover it in 195 degree water directly in the pot. This water, after about twenty seconds, should be poured off. Pour new 195 degree water over the leaves and steep for 3-5 minutes depending on the tea and your taste. As with Pu Er, our high quality oolongs may be infused three or more times and will yield an uniquely expressive cup each time.
What is Oolong Tea?
Oolong is the broad family of teas that encompasses a range of oxidations of the tea leaves from 10% to 70% and is nestled between the families of the lesser oxidized greens and the more fully oxidized blacks. The Chinese have mastered the art of oxidation through centuries of crafting and have shared their craft with the Taiwanese, who have been producing exceptional oolongs for only a handful of decades. The type of cultivar grown, the geographical vastness and the a range of production techniques all contribute to this diversified category of tea. As a general rule, lesser oxidized oolongs have a tendancy to be more delicate and floral while more oxidized oolongs can be more woody, honeyed and fruity.
Health Benefits of Oolong Tea
Congratulations, if you are drinking tea, you have already chosen an incredible, healthful beverage. Tea is considered in many cultures to have medicinal properties. All tea comes from the same plant family, camellia sinensis, and therefore all types and styles contain the same components that contribute to significant health benefits. Influence of the varietal, growing conditions, production techniques, and your brewing practices all play roles in antioxidant and caffeine levels in your cup. So enjoy a cup of tea, any tea, and know that you are drinking health.