Time to get fresh.
We love our tea, and as tea aficionados, sometimes we can collect more than we can consume. We get it! However, if you have tea in your cupboard that has been taking up space for two years or more – unless it is an intentionally aged tea such as Pu-erh – it might be time to use it up quickly or compost it.
After about six months, tea will start to degrade impacting both its flavour and aroma. But it’s not just about fresh tea leaves tasting better (although they do). Just like any produce, the fresher the product is, the healthier it is. So, if you’re drinking tea for an antioxidant boost, you want to make sure that it is fresh.
Get off to a Good Start
When buying your tea, look for a company that is committed to sourcing high-quality tea leaves. At Pluck, our tea leaves arrive from Ethical Tea Partnership gardens several times per year, ensuring that our teas get off to the right start. Once they arrive at our facility, they are blended with fresh, local ingredients and then packaged quickly to preserve the integrity of the blend.
You’ve invested in a high – quality tea. Now, let’s give you some tips on how to make it last longer.
Sealed with Approval
Light, oxygen, and moisture are the enemies of tea. So, what does this mean? Well, to start, those beautiful, clear glass containers (restaurant tea people take note) may show all the nuances in the leaves, but light exposure will zap all the freshness out.
Once the original tea packaging is open, reseal carefully, or transfer your tea into a sealed storage container. Our favourites are food safe stainless or aluminum tins These moisture-resistant containers keep oxygen, aroma, and light out – helping to keep those tea leaves fresh until brewed.
The good news is, it is very rare for tea to spoil. However, over time, the flavour and aroma of tea will start to degrade. These storage tips will help extend the shelf life of your tea.
For the best tea experience, purchase only the amount of tea that you can drink within six months. Enjoy!