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Dry leaf
Upon inspection the bag had a lot of twig and branches which usually I don’t mind if it is a leaf set with 3-4 leaves attached but they appeared to be just random long twigs thrown in to increase weight. I kept an open mind thinking of ku ki cha green tea which usually adds stems for varying texture and flavor.

Infusion
Amber colored liquor that smelled sweet like a dried raisin.
Will revisit exact notes and nuances when I am not sick but I was able to taste.
I got a sweetness with trailing notes of honey graham crackers. Incredibly enjoyable and will gladly have a cup a few times a week due to taste and cheapness.

This is my 3rd source I have tried for GABA oolong not as complex as the others and less “tea drunk” relaxation of the others but gave some to a non tea drinker who was over and my friend asked if he could take some home. I think this tea is not bad flavor wise but still unsure of quality of plucking/sorting( high leafless twig/branch content) and the concentration of gaba.

Summary
Great taste, while negligible “GABA effect” it is a super cheap daily drinker

Flavors: Dates, Honey, Melon, Raisins

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Origin tea (Gao Shan Oolong)
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70-75
#Bulk#
Drinkable but would not purchase

76-80
#Traveling/Tumbler/Office Tea#
Willing to pay up to $5/oz

81-84
#Staple#
Willing to pay up to $8/oz

85-89
#Reserve#
Willing to pay $10/oz

90-99
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Priceless

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