Storing your teas properly can extend their shelf life by up to 6 months, so take a few easy steps to help your tea stay fresher for longer.
Your green and white teas have undergone less processing than red or black teas - basically it means they are fresher and will degrade more quickly. So, white teas, green teas and green oolong teas must be kept in the fridge.
An unrefridgerated green tea might last around 3 months before its flavour starts to seriously degrade. But keeping it cooled in the fridge will extend that life to 9-12 months. It's not just good for your tea, but better for the environment too!
Red or black teas, because they have been fully dried and oxidised, do not need to be refridgerated. Just keep them relatively cool and dry, and they will remain fresh for up to 12 months.
Don't make the mistake we once made of keeping an expensive tea in the same fridge as smelly food! Most teas will absorb smells around them, especially green and white teas. So you should always try to air-seal your teas in air-tight containers like Tupperware boxes, ziplock bags or tins.
If you have a tea that is reaching the end of it's lifespan, there's a few things you can do.
If you just want to use it up, then take a look at some other uses for tea. If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, an ancient trick of many tea masters for extending the lifespan of a tea (especially oolong or red teas) is to re-roast it. It's not the easiest thing to get right, so we suggest if you want to try this, get in touch with us first!