Spring means many things to many people: new love, fresh flowers… and spring cleaning.
What that means to us tea lovers is that it is the perfect time to go through your tea collection to check for freshness!
Here is my basic rule of thumb for tea freshness: as long as it is kept in a dry place, sealed as close to airtight as possible, and kept out of the sun, your favorite teas will stay fresh for about a year. While tea never really goes “bad,” it can definitely lose flavor, and after a year it has pretty much given up the ghost.
And if you can’t remember how old a certain tea is, it probably means it is time to let it go (don’t throw it out, though, there are several other non-drinking uses for old tea leaves!).
So celebrate spring by starting with fresh, new teas!