A special tea, with very different notes from start to finish. The leaves have a very sweet smell, kind of like a dessert wine, and the taste varies from sweet potato on the first steeping to sweet raisins and flowers on the following infusions. Frutal, floral and sweet without being overwhelming. Also, thank you for the great customer service and the tea samples! I look foward to tasting them in the following days.
This one totally knocked my socks off. Went in not knowing what I was getting into and I couldn't believe what I was experiencing when the golden raisin deliciousness hit my mouth. Really looking forward to round 2 with this one.
Looking forward to the 2018, review is for the 2017 Gaba. Very enjoyable and different. Got raisins, white grapes, apricots, baking spice notes, with florals through the first three infusions. Then the change to a touch raw/baked nuttiness mixed with a grape peel / stem tartness, a pleasant change through the seventh infusion. Looking forward to the next session on this tea and the 2018 one.
Appearance: Bright copper colored liquor
Aroma: Dry leaf smells of freshly baked blueberry cheesecake and a lightly roasted Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee. Wet leaf smells of raisins accompanied by an aroma of intense ripe blueberries. It has a strong raisin aroma that permeates via retronasal olfaction all throughout the session.
Mouthfeel: It has a mouthpuckering tartness coupled with intense juiciness.
Flavor Notes: It begins with intense notes of sweet raisins and tart blueberries. It has a soft toasted biscuit note at the end. By the 6th steep, the bright blueberry notes and the sweet dried raisin notes transform into fermented cascara notes.
Finish: It leaves a juicy blueberry note at the palate accompanied by soft toasted biscuits.
Comments: This tea blew my mind!!! It's so tasty! Aside from my tea addiction, I'm also into specialty coffee. And this tea really is very reminiscent of a Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. If you want to introduce a coffee geek to tea, this should be a great intro. On a totally different note, this tea made me sweat so much! Even with the AC going in on full blast.
Haven't had too many GABA oolongs but this one is probably my favorite!