Protect your investment (and your palate) by storing your fine tea in the proper manner. Tea needs to be kept away from heat, light, air, and moisture. While fine tea leaves are stunning when displayed in a clear glass container, the effect on the resulting infusion is not quite as impressive. Light strips tea leaves of their color over time, but more importantly, the refined flavor in the leaves is also lost.
Moisture is equally detrimental to fragile tea leaves. Like any organic matter, tea, when wet, begins to mold and decay—a wholly undesirable effect. For this reason, we do not recommend storing tea in the refrigerator or freezer because continual opening and closing of the door causes rapid changes in humidity. Modern freezers cycle through different temperatures and often create an icing problem. Moisture seeps into the container and robs the tea leaves of flavor.
Strong odors will also permeate tea. Avoid storing your tea near spices or aromatic foods, or you might find that your best jasmine now tastes like yesterday’s roast turkey. Even when storing teas together, a spicy tea, such as chai, can often impart its flavor onto the others.
Overall, the best way to store tea is in a tea tin or container. Away from odors, moisture, light, and air, tea will remain fresh for months. If you reuse the tins, be sure to let them air out completely before refilling with a different tea to avoid transferring scent. When properly stored, your favorite loose-leaf teas can remain untainted, fresh, and enjoyable.
Our small containers will hold up to 4-6 ounces of most of our teas, while our large containers will hold up to 8-10 ounces of most of our teas. (With less dense teas the containers will hold an average of 3 ounces, and with the more dense teas the containers will hold an average of 12 ounces).-