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Organic GABA Oolong Tea

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GABA teas, named after the amino acid, are a recent addition to the tea world. Not only do they purport increased health benefits resulting from the amino acid “GABA” (gamma-Aminobutyric acid), but they also offer a unique taste that is all their own! This organic oolong tea boasts small, tightly rolled chocolate-colored leaves with a slight reddish hue. Its infusion hints at tart plums with a smooth, light, and slightly dry mouth feel that has a woody-sweet quality. It is as delicious hot as it is cold and makes a great iced tea.  Few organic versions of GABA tea are available on the market, and we are delighted to be able to source this one. 

The special technique used to increase the GABA content of this organic tea was introduced in the 1990s and developed by Dr. Tsushima Tojiro of Japan’s National Tea Experiment Station. Dr. Tojiro found that if an oxygen-deprived environment was created during the oxidation step of manufacture, the available GABA content in the leaf would increase. GABA is a naturally occurring amino acid that is used as a neurotransmitter in the human central nervous system. It plays an important role in regulating the nervous system and is linked with calming and soothing the body. It also plays a role in regulating muscle tone.

Ingredients: organic Chinese oolong tea


Serving Size: one level teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water

Staff Perspectives


Aubrey Says: The woody-sweet nuances of this tea remind me of the South African herb, honeybush.


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  1. Ataraxia in a Cup

    Posted by Eric on 16th Oct 2016

    An excellent GABA oolong that is also organic...what a find! I drink this on especially stressful or exhausting days when I want to relax deeply.

    I also drink a cup of this when I feel a headache or migraine coming on, and often it can help to reduce the severity, if not avoid it altogether.

  2. Decent

    Posted by Kara on 3rd Jun 2016

    This tea is slightly sweet. I'm doubtful that it improved my mood much but it was enjoyable to drink.

  3. Naturally sweet and wow!

    Posted by Becca on 20th Mar 2016

    I ordered a sampler of this the first time and wow! It's brilliant. Wonderful hot ot cold with nothing added, the effect is quite surprising for an afternoon cuppa. Not what I would call calming, like a nighttime tea, more of a calm intense focus. Perfect for an afternoon slump and so much better than any sugary treat or coffee. It is delicious.
    Just reordered in the regular size and it won't be the last time. :)

  4. An Excellent Oolong with added benefits!

    Posted by Judy on 14th Feb 2016

    Purchased this after reading the email featuring the calming/health benefits of this tea. It is delicious...has a very unique, mellow flavor. Does not need sweetening in my opinion but I tend to not add sweetener to any of the teas I drink. NoAnother winner from Arbor Teas - thanks so much!


We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.

There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.


Quantity of tea: one level teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water


Water temperature: use water that has been heated until the first bubbles begin to rise from the bottom of the pot (195° F)


Steeping time: 4-7 minutes

Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.

Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.

Learn more from our step-by-step guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!


There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.

For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Health Benefits check here.

For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Caffeine check here.

Chinese Gong Fu Method

In China, tea is often brewed using the meditative Gong Fu method. This very formal, ritualized approach to tea preparation dates back to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644 AD). The term "Gong Fu" refers to skill gained through practice - expertise derived not from learning but experience. While the term "Gong Fu" could signify the serious practice of any art form, such as the martial art of related name (Kung Fu), Gong Fu Cha refers to the elaborate preparation of tea using miniature Yixing pots and cups. Yixing teaware is named for the purple clay it is made from, which hails from Yixing in China's Jiangsu province. Everything in Gong Fu service is small and delicate, placing emphasis on the elegance of the tea. Oolongs are the preferred tea in the Gong Fu ritual; they are steeped multiple times to highlight the evolution of taste as the leaves unfurl.

For information on other traditions or to submit your own tea tradition visit our Tea Traditions section.