drank Gaba Lu Cha by Sebz
284 tasting notes

I believe I bought this tea in 2016. I’m drinking the last of it, having put it off for months because I suspected the session would be underwhelming. I really should have finished it years ago, and as such I’m not rating it, although even in its prime, I didn’t love it. I steeped the remaining 6 g in a 120 ml teapot at 195F for 25, 20, 25, 30, 30, 30, 45, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds.

Dry, the tea smells faintly of GABA funk and flowers. The first couple steeps have notes of malt, sourness, custard, wood, nuts, and faint flowers. The next couple steeps add pencil shavings, tannins, and grass. That GABA sourness persists in the aftertaste. The tea has a heavy, viscous body into the next few steeps. The flavours don’t evolve much over the session, although the grass, tannins, and sourness increase.

I’ve had a few GABA teas now and have come to the conclusion that I’m not too fond of them. I don’t notice any relaxation benefits, and they all have a sour note that I find off-putting. This was kind of a tuition tea for me, and while I don’t regret buying it, I’m also not sad to see it go.

Flavors: Custard, Floral, Grass, Heavy, Malt, Nuts, Pleasantly Sour, Tannin, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
White Antlers

I find GABA teas a let down for any psychoactive effects, too.

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Now I can’t post replies anymore, so I had to make a new account JUST to post. The new thing now is that our Profiles are disappearing… I noticed mine gone (though I have a backup), and my friend Todd’s was gone, but I see yours is as well, Leafhopper. The “Bio” and “Website” fields are being replaced with “blank”

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I just googled my Steepster tealog and copied the text of my profile from the cache. This could be a workaround for other users whose profiles are being deleted. I wouldn’t know how to make a backup of my 216 tasting notes, and there’s nowhere I could post them anyway.

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See, I never post a tea review directly to the site. I wrote every single one to an external file on my computer first (Steepster.txt), and that .txt file I have set to backup in various places. So my tea reviews are well backed up. But it isn’t like there is an “alternative” to Steepster to move to, or I’d have left to there months ago…

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White Antlers

I find GABA teas a let down for any psychoactive effects, too.

Leafhopper

Yay! You can see my note!

White Antlers

I can, indeed. This is the first time I could access the site in 3 days. I have no Dashboard, though.

Mastress Alita

I only “see” it because I’m manually checking through people I’m Following. My Dashboard continues to be blank.

Leafhopper

Ugh. There are so many issues with Steepster right now.

mastressalitaclone

Now I can’t post replies anymore, so I had to make a new account JUST to post. The new thing now is that our Profiles are disappearing… I noticed mine gone (though I have a backup), and my friend Todd’s was gone, but I see yours is as well, Leafhopper. The “Bio” and “Website” fields are being replaced with “blank”

Leafhopper

You’re right, my profile is gone. I don’t even remember what I wrote, but I know there was something there. This is very discouraging.

Leafhopper

I just googled my Steepster tealog and copied the text of my profile from the cache. This could be a workaround for other users whose profiles are being deleted. I wouldn’t know how to make a backup of my 216 tasting notes, and there’s nowhere I could post them anyway.

Mastress Alita

See, I never post a tea review directly to the site. I wrote every single one to an external file on my computer first (Steepster.txt), and that .txt file I have set to backup in various places. So my tea reviews are well backed up. But it isn’t like there is an “alternative” to Steepster to move to, or I’d have left to there months ago…

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Since I discovered Teavana’s Monkey Picked Oolong four years ago, I’ve been fascinated by loose-leaf tea. I’m glad to say that my oolong tastes have evolved, and that I now like nearly every tea that comes from Taiwan, oolong or not, particularly the bug-bitten varieties. I also find myself drinking Yunnan blacks and Darjeelings from time to time, as well as a few other curiosities.

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