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Chinese Tea

Connoisseur Tea. Your one stop shop for certified organic gaba rich Chinese tea leaves. Taiwan direct to Africa.

Health Benefits

Many medical reports prove that red fermented rice, germinate rice and fermentation of soybean have plenty of *GABA.  But in natural food tea leaves have the most GABA. *GABA TEA is an all natural healthy beverage. It contains a high level of  GABA.

Benefits of  *GABA TEA:

-*GABA TEA has been shown to inhibit tumorigenesis at the initiation, promotion and progression stages of cancer.

· GABA TEA can top up our antioxidant intake

· GABA TEA can stabilize the human cell

· GABA TEA is a blood lipid-lowering tea

· GABA TEA can reduce our blood pressure

· GABA TEA can sober drunkenness

Each 100 grams of dried GABA TEA leaves should contain a minimum of 150grams of  GABA.

The higher the GABA content,the more expensive the GABA TEA. GABA TEAS are fermented in a rather unusual manner, therefore, GABA TEA has a unique special flavor.

GABA tea is one type or kind of functional tea, with special manufacturing methods under anaerobic conditions. Because of richness in gamma – amino butyric acid, naming as GABA based on its initials of the special amino acid contained. In Japan it is also called GABARON, due to the release of the tea matching with the popularity of Oolong tea around 1987. 

In GABA tea, the gamma – amino butyric acid is a metabolite transferred through the enzymatic function from glutamic acid under anaerobic conditions. Animal and human clinical tests have confirmed that the tea has lowering the blood pressure function. The GABA tea has another metabolite alanine which is transformed by the aspartic acid, having a sobering up function. In fact, GABA tea is the pure natural health tea. 

In recent years, medical research reports repeatedly confirmed the importance of GABA tea to human body health, including the capability of effectively relieving modern people’s anxiety, restless symptom and exhaustion etc. It also has the good stabilizing effect on woman menopause barrier and beneficial and protective effects on kidney and liver. 

*GABA is an amino acid that is produced by the human body. GABA stands for Gamma-Amino-Butyric-Acid. Its main function is to inhibit the firing of neurons in the brain. Because of this inhibitory function, GABA sends messages to the brain, spinal cord, heart, lungs, and kidneys to slow down.

This means that GABA is an anti-stress, anti-anxiety, calming and relaxing nutrient. It has been used clinically for depressed sex drive, prostate problems, and as a non-addictive tranquilizer substitute.

GABA tea is an all-natural source of GABA. It was discovered more than 20 years ago by Japanese researchers looking for a natural method to preserve food. They discovered that tea which is oxidized in a nitrogen-rich atmosphere has a higher concentration of GABA elements than any other type of tea.

Since that time GABA tea has become a staple in the Japanese diet. It is a refreshing beverage that is consumed by people of all ages.



Our GABA teas

We will introduce four kinds of GABA teas which we have as follows:


Organic GABA Oolong tea

The tea is organic and certified by FSII.  The tea farmer has never use chemical fertilizer or pesticide.  The tea was reaped by machine, and that is the reason for the cheap price of the tea.

Topaz GABA Oolong

Fement Type: Non-Oxygen

Ferment Level: 50%

Roast Level: Light

Flavour: Light Fruity

Origin: Nantou, Taiwan

Ruby GABA Oolong

Fement Type: Non-Oxygen

Ferment Level: 70%

Roast Level: Heavy

Flavour: Coffee

Origin: Nantou, Taiwan

Amber GABA Oolong

Fement Type: Non-Oxygen

Ferment Level: 55%

Roast Level: Medium

Gaba Content: 178mg/100g

Flavour: Rich Fruity

Origin: Nantou, Taiwan

Onyx GABA Oolong

Fement Type: Non-Oxygen

Ferment Level: 45%

Roast Level: Light

Flavour: Minty

Origin: Nantou, Taiwan


Alishan GABA Green tea

The tea gardens are in Alishan, and located in the elevation of 1000m.  Unlike the process of making normal green teas, the tea has to undergo vacuum anaerobic fermentation for 10 hours before the process of panning.  Then the glutamic acid in the tea leaves will convert into GABA.  GABA quantity contained in the teas are 200mg~250mg / per 100g.  Regarding GABA green tea, in addition to the fresh smell of green tea, there’s the smell of GABA milky chocolate.  The taste is unique.

Turquoise GABA Green

Fement Type: Non-Oxygen

Ferment Level: 5%

Roast Level: Light

Flavour: Nutty

Origin: Nantou, Taiwan

Emerald GABA Green

Fement Type: Non-Oxygen

Ferment Level: 10%

Roast Level: Light

Flavour: Nutty

Origin: Alishan, Taiwan


Alishan GABA Oolong tea

The tea is high elevation tea.  The manufacturing of the teas are more complex than manufacturing GABA green teas.  GABA quantity contained in the tea is over 300mg / per 100g.  The tea has to undergo 10 hours for three times of vacuum anaerobic fermentation and stirring before panning.  The tea undergoes several fermentations with and then without oxygen, so the tea contained more GABA than GABA green tea or GABA black tea.

Sapphire GABA Oolong

Fement Type: Non-Oxygen

Ferment Level: 55%

Roast Level: Medium

Flavour: Fruity

Origin: Alishan, Taiwan

Diamond GABA Oolong

Fement Type: Non-Oxygen

Ferment Level: 60%

Roast Level: Medium

Flavour: Rich Honey

Origin: Alishan, Taiwan

Amethyst GABA Oolong

Fement Type: Non-Oxygen

Ferment Level: 60%

Roast Level: Heavy

Flavour: Sugar

Origin: Alishan, Taiwan


Alishan GABA black tea

The black tea undergoes 20 hours indoor withering, so the tea leave contained water is under 40%.  Then the tea leave takes more than 10 hours for rolling and vacuum anaerobic fermentation.  The tea contained GABA is same as GABA green tea and less than GABA Oolong tea.  Comparing to normal black teas, the black tea has the unique taste.

Opal GABA Black

Fement Type: Non-Oxygen

Ferment Level: 100%

Roast Level: None

Flavour: Rosey

Origin: Alishan, Taiwan


Remember teas are enjoyed as a form of relaxation amplifying health benefits.


Performing a tea ceremony is a personal preference not mandatory in enjoying the wonders of Chinese tea.

In the East tea is used during a ceremony, family gatherings or philosophical gathering and is often served with a few savory and / or sweet snacks to amplify tea experience.

It is simple and the same or simialr as other teas to make a cup of GABA tea.  As per choice no matter the tea is strong or weak.  Normally we use Kungfu teapots or gaiwans to make teas.  The quantity of tea leaves to put into the teapots or gaiwans are up to personal choice and strength of tea brewed.

The other particular trait of GABA teas is that the tea can be steeped more times than other teas, but the first brew is the best, since GABA will be completely dissolved in the first brew.  It is proper to drink cold or hot GABA teas.

Brewing tea is, at its heart, very simple. There are several basic steps:

1. Heat good (quality) tasting water.

2. Add tea about 3g.  (about one tablespoon per cup or less according to strength or preference).

3. Put around 150 CC in cup.

  1. Steep for 2 to 3 minutes.5. Strain and enjoy!6. Re-steep for more pleasure.

Tips when enjoying tea. Smell the aroma of the dry tea leaves. Sniff the aroma coming off your first pour of hot water over the leaves. Slightly slurp the tea over the tongue to appreciate the full taste and aroma of the tea; at the same time inhale the aromas to give you the full experience of tea enjoyment.

purchase OUR tea

We offer both wholesale and small buy purchases of our teas. Subscribing to our newsletter and social platforms allow you to keep updated on our tea tasting experiences.

Retail and wholesale purchases of our teas are most welcome. We offer both a local point of sale from our shop as well as a direct purchase from our Taiwan tea supply direct to you. The later being mainly for large order supply purchases.

We are able to assist in tea choices, logistics and packing of purchases. We welcome any query with this regard.

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