This was my first GABA oolong and was surprised by how much like sweet hay it tasted. The tea held up very well over several steeps. But even though this is tasty, it wasn't tasty enough for me. This may be because I've yet to find a Jinxuan cultivar that satisfies.
I was really curious. My only "GABA experience" so far was limited to the green teas from Japan, and they taste like broth. I mean it! Interesting but not exactly my kind of tea. This one offers a completely different experience. It has the delicate touch of the oolongs from Taïwan. Now, regarding the "relaxing" part... for some reasons I get rather refreshed and energized by GABA teas, and this one makes no exception :-)
I have been enjoying the Spring 2019 plucking and find that it is everything a milk oolong Alishan should be, with the added benefit of GABA processing. It is smooth, with a hint of dried fruit, mostly raisins to my palate. Each subsequent infusion differs subtly from the previous one; all supremely enjoyable.
Really nice bready aroma. Immediately the milky notes of the Jinxuan cultivar were apparent. The raisin and dried fruit flavors documented on the packaging were there, as was a tart almost sour flavor early on. By the third or fourth infusion I was feeling very relaxed. Later infusions had that bready flavor along with a really nice sweetness. Awesome tea.
This is an absolutely wonderful tea. I purchased a hefty amount of it, prior to trying it, but it was well worth it. Strong notes of oatmeal cookies and raisins.