Vietnam GABA High Mountain Oolong Tea

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Almond, Apricot, Baked Bread, Berries, Blackberry, Blueberry, Brown Toast, Butter, Cherry, Flowers, Fruity, Grapes, Honey, Malt, Pear, Raisins, Raspberry, Red Apple, Rhubarb, Sweet, Tangy, Tart, Thick, Toast, Wood, Apple, Brown Sugar, Roasted, Cinnamon, Citrus, Cream, Dried Fruit, Mineral, Oats, Rose, Stonefruits, Vanilla, Lime, Peach, Pineapple, Tropical, Drying, Floral, Roasted Barley
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Caffeine
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 5 oz / 149 ml

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  • “Looking back in my log book, I took some hasty notes with a 10g sample of the Autumn 2018 harvest purchased a month or two ago. One brew was 5g stewed in my 20oz thermos for several hours. ...” Read full tasting note
    93
  • “I decided I couldn’t wait to retry this after drinking their delicious Taiwan GABA Oolong, so I made a cup of this. I couldn’t resist. This one. The flavor profile sings to me. Now my sample is all...” Read full tasting note
    92
  • “This is the last of the September reviews. As I have mentioned several times previously, the backlog really is shrinking at a steady rate. I should be all caught up in no time. Anyway, the low...” Read full tasting note
    90
  • “The dry leaves smell a bit floral and sweet reminding me of green tea. 1st Steep: The first steep brings a light floral and sweet flavor. The wet leaves smell of oats and barley. 2nd Steep: As the...” Read full tasting note
    65

From What-Cha

A smooth oolong with a sweet and very fruity taste with multiple fruit notes present coupled with a lingering taste.

Tasting Notes:
- Smooth texture
- Sweet taste
- Full notes of variety of fruits

Harvest: Spring, March 2017

Origin: Phuc Tho, Lam Ha, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam
Altitude: 1,000-1,100m
Sourced: Direct from the Vietnamese producer

Cultivar: Jin Xuan (TTES #12)
Oxidisation: Medium
Roast: Light
Picking: Hand picked

Brewing Advice:
- Heat water to roughly 95°C/203°F
- Use 1-2 teaspoons per cup/small teapot
- Brew for 2-3 minutes

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6 Tasting Notes

93
490 tasting notes

Looking back in my log book, I took some hasty notes with a 10g sample of the Autumn 2018 harvest purchased a month or two ago.

One brew was 5g stewed in my 20oz thermos for several hours. Delightfully tangy, sweet and fruity with berries.

The other 5g I dedicated to gongfu. I was able to pick apart the fruitiness into a dominant sweet-tart red raspberry-red apple-grape-rhubarb with other notes of blackberry, blueberry, red cherry, pear, white toast, baked bread, malt and butter. The minerality and salivation appeared very early and transitioned into a woodier, drier mouthfeel that when combined with the taste reminded me of apricot kernel. Juicy fruit aroma (not the chewing gum).
[5g, 100mL porcelain pot, 205F, rinse discarded due to sharp toastiness, good longevity]

This Vietnamese GABA definitely had that grape quality I find in most Taiwanese GABA oolong of a specific cultivar that at the moment is escaping me. However, this tea was more berry-focused; a nice departure from the floral grape I’ve been experiencing lately.

The flavor notes listed below are a combination of both brewing methods.

Wishlisted — I’ll have to buy a larger quantity next time!

Flavors: Almond, Apricot, Baked Bread, Berries, Blackberry, Blueberry, Brown Toast, Butter, Cherry, Flowers, Fruity, Grapes, Honey, Malt, Pear, Raisins, Raspberry, Red Apple, Rhubarb, Sweet, Tangy, Tart, Thick, Toast, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Kawaii433

Ooooh @Derk, this is my all-time favorite GABA tea <3 I’m almost ready to order as well.

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315 tasting notes

I decided I couldn’t wait to retry this after drinking their delicious Taiwan GABA Oolong, so I made a cup of this. I couldn’t resist.

This one.

The flavor profile sings to me. Now my sample is all gone. Will be on my next order for sure. Maybe I should also try Taiwan GABA Heavy-Roast Oolong Tea since this one is slightly roasted. Hmm…. :)

Flavors: Apple, Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Butter, Fruity, Malt, Raisins, Roasted

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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90
853 tasting notes

This is the last of the September reviews. As I have mentioned several times previously, the backlog really is shrinking at a steady rate. I should be all caught up in no time. Anyway, the low numerical scores previously assigned to this tea surprised me. I found it to be a more or less excellent Vietnamese oolong.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a quick rinse, I steeped 6 grams of rolled tea leaves in 4 ounces of 203 F water for 10 seconds. This infusion was followed by 16 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 7 minutes, 10 minutes, and 15 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves produced aromas of raisin and prune that were underscored by hints of cinnamon. After the rinse, I noted new aromas of baked bread, cream, malt, and brown sugar. The first infusion introduced aromas of roasted almond and honey along with a suddenly amplified raisin aroma. In the mouth, the tea liquor offered notes of raisin, prune, honey, and cream that were chased by hints of baked bread and roasted almond. Subsequent infusions saw butter, pear, rose, nectarine, and tangerine zest aromas emerge. Malt, brown sugar, and cinnamon notes belatedly emerged in the mouth alongside stronger baked bread and roasted almond impressions as well as mineral, tangerine zest, butter, oat, apple, vanilla, nectarine, and rose notes. The final few infusions offered mineral, pear, tangerine zest, rose, and roasted almond notes that were backed by cream, butter, and baked bread hints.

This was an incredibly nice Southeast Asian GABA oolong that thankfully did not suffer in comparison to its Taiwanese peers. I still do not get the lowish numerical scores this tea has garnered in the past. Though I am clearly the outlier here, I found this to be a very worthwhile tea.

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Butter, Cinnamon, Citrus, Cream, Dried Fruit, Honey, Malt, Mineral, Oats, Pear, Raisins, Rose, Stonefruits, Vanilla

Preparation
6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Sqt

I liked it enough to re-order and this has become a regular when I feel like a GABA oolong.

Kawaii433

Trying this now for the first time and am enjoying your great review (again^^). It smells like apple pie! :D

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48 tasting notes

The dry leaves smell a bit floral and sweet reminding me of green tea.

1st Steep: The first steep brings a light floral and sweet flavor. The wet leaves smell of oats and barley.

2nd Steep: As the leaves begin to wake up it gets sweeter and more of a roasted flavor.

3rd Steep & beyond: The flavor gets a bit stronger and then tapers off into astringency when you hit the 5th.

This is a decent tea, nothing special in my opinion. I can’t recommend it, not that its bad. Just bland.

Flavors: Drying, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Oats

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Smell coming from the wet leaves smells like a lot of oats, barley and cereal with a nice sweet greenness to it smells like it has a nice roast to it as well. On the first steep there isn’t a TON of flavor but I can tell that there is something good to come. The second steep has some definite notes of barley, replacing it is a nice baked cherry flavor. Some interesting acidity like a lime but without the sourness. The third steep is like the second but stronger. The rest of this tea will be taken on the road with multiple steeps stacked. I will review this tea again when I have another session with it. From the first three steeps I quite enjoyed the fruitiness coming from it along with the really interesting top acidic note.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cherry, Honey, Lime, Oats, Roasted Barley

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
mrmopar

I don’t drink muck Oolomg but this makes me want to try this one. I am a lime fan.

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