In a recent
discussion about dating teas for freshness, which is not required by the FDA, a
born on date or good till drink date, here are some of the discussion
A tea grower: "Even though
FDA does not require expiration or best before date, we feel obliged to print
the best before date on the product package. We want the customer to taste
fresh and safe green tea."
"As per our
green tea item which we have hundreds of them, some have 6 month period, others
have 12 or 18 months for the best tasting period(best before date) after
production. Loose leaf tends to last longer than powder item in terms of taste.
We mention the period for each of the item"
dates and tea have a complex relationship. For years U.S. retailers tossed out
their old white tea but now people have discovered that white tea can age in
the same way puerh does. The same goes for oolongs. For greens I do prefer to
drink within a year of production but I have some that have been around quite a
bit longer that are perfectly drinkable."
"That was my
understanding that some teas age like a good wine. One problem is that
consumers need to be educated about tea and age. With most things, fresh is
At Storehouse Tea
we agree that the vast majority of teas are better when they are fresher like
any organic food product. We purchase our teas with in the current picking season
so we know we are purchasing a fresh product. Since we small batch hand
blend our teas shortly after receiving them, we date our teas with the
production date plus two years. While it won't harm you to drink teas after
that date, it may or may not taste the way we intended it when we produced it. Storehouse
Tea is serious about giving our customers the best experience possible with our
teas. Even though the Food and Drug Agency doesn't
require it, we date our teas because we feel it's important for our customers to know they are drinking the
freshest, most delicious and potent tea possible.