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Assam GABA Tea
Assam GABA Tea
Assam GABA Tea
Assam GABA Tea
Assam GABA Tea
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Assam GABA Tea

Whole leaf black tea from Assam which is naturally rich in the calming amino acid GABA. Notes of honey, malt, cacao, cedar, burnt wood, mango, lychee, pear and hay.
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Sivasagar, Assam

Origin

Sivasagar, Assam

Season -  Seasonal plucking

Season

Seasonal plucking

Altitude - 300 ft

Altitude

300 ft

Cultivar - Mixed

Cultivar

Mixed

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Tea Type

Whole leaf black tea

We have picked this whole leaf Assam black tea for two reasons - its unique method of production so that it is rich in the calming amino acid γ-aminobutyric acid  (GABA) and also for it's heartwarming aromas and flavors. 

This tea has undergone an oxygen-free processing that leads to the accumulation of GABA which is an inhibitory neurotransmitter. There are some studies that have shown that GABA consumed in tea might help with acute stress, anxiety, decreasing heart rate and improving sleep.

This tea has wonderful natural flavors and is very heartwarming. It is a good introduction to smoky notes but is not overwhelming. When steeped, it makes a surprisingly sweet, harmonious infusion and will remind you of a cozy fireplace.

Dry leaves

Variegated mostly sage in color, some brown leaves, rolled, with aromas of cacao, grass and forest.

Wet leaves

Copper in color with aromas of sweet cacao, baked dinner roll, and earth.

Tea liquor

Translucent with an amber color and a sweet aroma reminding one of a fireplace. The tea has a rich mouthfeel and is full bodied with a juicy texture, lasting aftertaste and minimal astringency. Sweet with some bitterness. Complex flavors of sweet honey, chocolate, cedar wood and burnt wood are experienced. Subtle fruity flavors of mango, lychee, and mild pear are also present.

Tasting Profile

Fruity - mango, lychee, pear
Sweet - honey, malt
Woody - cedar
Fire - burnt wood
Nutty & Milky - cacao
Vegetal - hay

Caffeine Level

Caffeine Level Caffeine Level Caffeine Level Caffeine Level

High-Moderate

Make the perfect tea

Steeping Instructions

Western Style

Number of infusions per 2.5 g serving: 4-5

1
Quantity
Quantity

2.5 gms of tea (use a digital scale)

2
Temperature
Temperature

120-150 ml (4-5 fl-oz) or 1/2 - 2/3rd cup of water at 90°C - 99°C (or 195°F - 210°F)

3
Steeping Time
Steeping Time
  • 1st infusion:1-2 minutes
    Pour and enjoy
  • 2nd infusion:45 seconds - 1 minute
  • 3rd infusion:45 seconds - 1 minute

Chaiwala tips if you want to add milk:

  • Boil 1 cup of water (8 fl-oz or 240 ml) at 212°F (100°C)
  • Add 2.5 g of tea and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Strain into a cup or teapot.
  • Add a dash of milk and sugar if desired. Enjoy!

Gongfu Style

This tea works great for the gongfu method of steeping as it helps coax out all the subtle flavors.

1
Quantity
Quantity

We recommend 5 gm of tea

2
Temperature
Temperature

100 ml water (approximate 10-20 ml of water per 1 gm of tea) at 85°C - 90°C (or 185°F - 195°F).

3
Steeping Time
Steeping Time
  • Steep the tea for 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 45s, and then maybe a minute each time until it loses flavor.
Assam

Origin

Where your tea comes from

Golden-green rice fields, thick forests, manicured tea estates surrounded by blue hills, green valleys, and a red river, Assam is the largest Northeastern state in India. Situated just below the eastern Himalayan foothills, it stretches along the Brahmaputra River. This tea comes from the Sivasagar district from a tea garden by the banks of the river Teok. The name 'Teok' means – 'The place of milk and ghee' in Tai.

Meet

Chaiwala Rhino

Hunted for its horn, the one horned rhinos were almost extinct, with less than 200 left by the end of the 19th century. Conservation efforts have revived their population and brought their worldwide numbers to around 3,000 now — the bulk of them in Kaziranga, Assam.

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