Fascinating Oolong made from the Fo Shou (Buddha's Palm) cultivar stored in Nitrogen to increase GABA levels. Deep, dark, smooth and totally unique.
If you read the tasting notes below you may be a bit apprehensive about trying this tea because it is so 'out there' but we HIGHLY recommend that you give it a try. The tea is made from the Fo Shou Cultivar (not to be confused with Fo Shou Chinese Herb made from a citrus fruit tree). This cultivar has some wild flavours and is exotic and luscious. So if you fancy having a bit of a wildcard in your cupboard then pick some up. It has already become a staff favourite!
1. EYES DRY LEAF – Tightly rolled black grey oolong with premium sorting.
2. NOSE DRY LEAF – Nutty and scorched aroma with coffee similarities.
3. EYES LIQUOR – Dark and almost purple hue.
4. NOSE WET LEAF – Powerful tarry and liquorice aroma with deep spiciness.
5. MOUTH TEXTURE – Super smooth and soft mouthfeel and very clean finish.
6. MOUTH TASTE – Deep roasted flavour with aspects of hot stone, tarmac and dark coffee. Fleeting spices like black cardamom and a predominant nuttiness. Slight animal funkiness to it too, like walking through a farm. Has middle notes of antique rosewood. Clean and refreshing tea despite these rich flavours.
7. NOSE EMPTY CUP – Warm coffee and black liquorice.
8. MOUTH FINISH – Clean and light finish without any bitterness or astringency. Like drinking smooth mountain water.
9. EYES WET LEAF – Black and oily.
10. BODY SENSATION – Refreshing and uplifting. Stimulates gentle and cooling perspiration.
SESSION INFUSIONS – About 8 good infusions but can be stretched to 10 or so.
GABA stands for gamma-amino butyric acid, an amino acid that is one of the main neurotransmitters in your central nervous system. Neurotransmitters help nerve signals to travel between cells (neurons). The GABA chemical functions to prevent over-excitement of the nervous system by controlling the movement of signals between neurons.
GABA tea has an abundant amount of health benefits. Some would even describe GABA as a ‘super tea’.
ANTI-ANXIETY, DE-STRESS: GABA is a chemical that your body produces to keep the brain calm, control blood pressure and manage stress. High levels of GABA prevent an over-active nervous system by blocking excessive levels of nerve signal transmissions that cause anxiety-related health issues. Not enough GABA in your brain can lead to epilepsy, seizures, convulsions, Huntington’s disease and Parkinsonism.
ANTI-INSOMNIA: GABA's calming effect can aid a deeper sleep and help combat sleep disorders. Drink an hour before bedtime.
ANTI-CANCER: GABA tea can inhibit the growth of cancer cells. In particular GABA has been studied for its ability to reduce airway-derived lung cancer.
LOWERS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: GABA is your body's own tranquilliser and is known for its role in lowering blood pressure. Please avoid if you suffer from hypotension.
PREVENTS DIABETES: GABA lowers blood sugar in your body by encouraging the production of insulin and secretion of insulin from the pancreas, preventing the risk of diabetes.
STRONG MENTAL HEALTH: GABA aids in memory retention, improves overall mental alertness and aids the development of learning abilities.
EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS: Daily consumption of GABA can be effective for neurological disorders.
STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEM: GABA improves the plasma concentration helping your body to fight diseases and avert many health problems.
ANTI-AGEING: GABA tea can be used as a natural beauty supplement to prevent inflammation of the skin and improve skin elasticity, thus working as an anti-ageing agent.
HANGOVERS: Uses of GABA have included the treatment of alcohol related problems. It is great for relieving hangovers!
GROWTH: Gaba increases the production of human growth hormone (HGH) which is known to:
-Boost calcium retention
-Enhance muscle mass
-Raise protein synthesis in your body
-Stimulate the growth of all internal organs (excluding the brain)
-Maintain a healthy functioning of the liver
-Preserve the pancreatic islets and stimulate the immune system
-Increase energy levels
-Aid in weight loss
-Improve skin conditions
-Control the feeling of pain
To brew ball-shaped Oolong tea Western style, infuse about 3.5g (heaped teaspoon) of leaf per 300ml of 95c water for about 2 minutes. You can reinfuse up to 5 times by adding 30 seconds for every subsequent infusion.
To brew ball-shaped Oolong tea Gong fu style, infuse about 8g of leaf per 150ml of 95c water for about 20 seconds. You can reinfuse up to 8 times by adding about 5 seconds for every subsequent infusion.
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