Taiwanese Gaba Tea Cake

Origin: Taiwan

100 gram tea cake

Smooth and mild with notes of lemon balm, roasted sugar cane and raisin.



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About Taiwanese Gaba Tea Cake:

Taiwanese Gaba Tea Cake is a compressed oolong cake from Ming Jian, Nantou County.

Gaba refers to gamma-aminobutyric acid, a chemical neurotransmitter in the brain that regulates the central nervous system and is said to promote cognitive function, relaxation and sleep. Gaba is found in some fermented foods like kimchi and miso, and it arises naturally in the production of some oolong teas. In the 1980s, scientists in Japan discovered that they could deliberately create high levels of Gaba in teas by processing them in a vacuum drum with nitrogen instead of oxygen. In the case of this Gaba Tea Cake, Gaba is developed through both farming and processing methods. Though not processed with nitrogen, a vacuum drum was used to reduce the amount of oxygen during fermentation.

Tea Cake is 100 grams.

Flavor Profile:

Smooth and mild with notes of lemon balm, roasted sugar cane and raisin.

Brewing Instructions:

Every tea is different and can be brewed in different ways. The chart below is not a hard-and-fast guide for brewing this tea, but rather a place to get started. Steeping time may vary based on your personal taste or on how many infusions have already been done. Experiment with the brewing of your tea to discover its unique character.

Water Temp °F (°C)Steep Time (minutes)Number of InfusionsQuantity of Leaf (tsp / 8oz water)
190°F (88°C)3-43-41

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