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Specialty Teas

The Onyx

If you read our tasting notes you may be a bit apprehensive about trying this tea because it is so 'out there' but we HIGHLY recommend that you give this 'dank' looking oolong a try. 

GABA tea: GABA stands for gamma-amino butyric acid, an amino acid that is one of the main neurotransmitters in your central nervous system. Neurotransmitters help nerve signals to travel between cells (neurons). GABA tea has an abundant amount of health benefits. Some would even describe GABA as a ‘super tea’. 

Onyx GABA is a dark roasted Taiwanese oolong derived from the Fo Shou cultivar. This cultivar has some wild and unusual flavours and is and incredibly similar to filtered coffee.  Onyx GABA is laboratory tested and contains about 200mg of GABA which is 35 times the amount found in normal tea. The farmers achieve this by alternating the leaves between air and a nitrogen rich environment (with no air) during the oxidation phase. This tea is very refreshing and uplifting. with a gentle buzzy stimulation and cooling perspiration.

Type: Oolong

Origin: Taiwan, Nantou

Tasting notes: The liqour has a dark and almost purple hue, the wet leaf has a powerful tarry and liquorice aroma with deep spiciness. the texture is smooth and soft very clean finish. The taste has a deep roasted flavour with hot stone, tarmac and dark coffee. Fleeting spices like cardamom, antique wood and a nuttiness. 

Temperature: 95-100 degrees

Brewing instructions: Western method; Approx. 2 scoops or 3 grams for every 150ml of water for a 5-minute infusion.

Gong fu method; 3 scoops or 6 grams for every 150ml of water. First infusion 15-20 seconds and then 30-35 seconds for up to 8 infusions.

Pair with:  Curry, salted nuts, crackers and blue cheese.

Ingredients: Taiwanese Oolong tea

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This collection contains the highest quality and rarest seasonal teas from around the world. Steeped in history and tradition, these limited-edition teas are only available for a very small window of time - many of which are grown solely in tiny regions, from single family-owned tea gardens that are centuries old.  Due to these circumstances, this collection will change depending on availability and season. The Specialty collection is for those who want to experience the best of the best teas available. A story in every cup.