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How to Store Tea

White Peony Bai Mu Dan Chinese Tea in TinProper tea storage is important to ensure that your tea remains fresh and retains its original fragrance and flavour.

 

1. Tea should be stored in a cool, dry, dark environment in an airtight container with as much as possible of the air squeezed out. An airtight tin, tea caddy, snaplock plastic box, or kilner jar (kept in the dark) all work well. Tea can also be stored in its foil pack as long as this is sealed with an elastic band or bulldog clip. NB You can reseal most foil tea bags with a cheap pair of electric hair straighteners from the chemist.

 

The only exception to these rules is Puerh, which needs to be exposed to the air to encourage the aging process that is unique to this tea. Porous Yixing tea storage pots are the best way to store loose puerh. Puerh cakes are best stored on a wooden shelf in a cool, dry, dark room with some ventilation and a constant ambient temperature.

 

2. Never store your tea in the fridge or near your cooker as the tea will quickly absorb any moisture and food odours. Green and White Teas can be stored in the freezer as long as no other food products are stored with it.

 

3. Avoid storage areas that suffer from big changes in temperature, either through sunlight or central heating.

 

Properly stored, Green Tea should stay in good shape for between 6 and 18 months. Oolong and Black Teas last longer, some Dan Congs are deliberately aged. Raw and good quality cooked Puerh will improve with age.

 

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