beachape wrote:Hmm. I've been popping my Japanese green teas in the fridge in their un-opened bags. After I open them I don't put them back because I'm afraid they will get condensation and absorb smells (no dedicated fridge here).
I'm not sure about storing chinese greens. I've never put them in the fridge because I don't trust the bags that they usually come in when you buy from china (those thin silvery plastic bags inside some sort of paper/tin container). They aren't as thick as the standard Japanese bags, so I'm afraid that smells might leak in. Thought about double bagging in a ziploc...but not sure if its worth the effort/risk.
In regards to Chinese teas, all of my tea friends and vendors in China (in fact, every legitimate tea market, too) store their green teas and their non-Wuyishan oolongs (aka: Tieguanyin, Dong Ding/Tung Ting, fresh/unprocessed tieguanyin, etc) in the freezer. The teas are usually kept double bagged and tightly closed with twisting and rubber bands until they are individually vacuum-sealed for the customer.
I've been keeping my teas in the freezer for the past two years, and the teas have kept extremely well. The suggestion of double bagging (or even triple!) is a good one, and would definitely keep smells out. It's definitely worth the effort/risk if you want your greens to taste just as good in a year as they did when they were picked in the Spring.
Black (red), puer, wuyishan (wuyiyen/rock) oolongs, aged/roasted tieguanyin, and white teas, however, are never kept in the freezer or refrigerator. Instead, they're kept sealed in their packages, clipped closed with chip-clips/etc, or (in the case of puer not in brick form) in decorative jars with a cloth between the lid to keep out smells while allowing limited airflow.
Even though freezing teas is absolutely the standard operating practice in China, I have never seen this done by tea vendors in the United States. Perhaps there are a few out there who do, and I have missed them? Why wouldn't vendors want to protect the huge investment they put into their product? Any insights would be greatly helpful, as this issue has always puzzled me.