brad4419 wrote:ok, now Im having a bad day. I put water in the 10 small tins from tao of tea and all of them but 2 leaked water in the same way as rishi's and on top of that I tried to open one of the ToT containers using the little pull knob on top and it poped out leaving a large hole in the top so that tin is now garbage. Apparently there just for looks
Tea storage has to be the hardest part of drinking tea...so so stressful.
Is there somewhere online to get seamless tins?
OK grasshoppah! Seamless is da bestest!
This will solve that. No seals to leak! As I mentioned probably too many times on the forum, I then put an Upton style sample tin inside it which is also seamless.
Here are two seamless double lidded versions. Plus they are Japanese and added coolness! (Washi would likely be more leak proof as well due to the added layer of washi and adhesive over the canisters' seams).
http://www.o-cha.com/green-tea/green-tea-canister.html This one is intensely airtight!
http://www.yuuki-cha.com/Tea+Canisters/Midori+Hana+Green+Tea+Canister You will see these around. Cheap too. Not quite as intensely airtight as the above.
I have not recently tested any of the Japanese all metal double lidded canisters, but I am betting they are better made than ToT's for instance and would be a better buy.
Oh, here is the sample tin I use, this fits nicely inside either of the above. Some might say I am obsessive about storage ... maybe ... But when your fave tea is Japanese greens, I don't think you can be too obsessive.
http://uptontea.com/shopcart/item.asp?from=catalog.asp&itemID=AT05&begin=0&parent=Accessories%3ETeaware%3EStorage&category=Caddies%2C+Tins+and+Bags&sortMethod=0&categoryID=84 Cheaper by the case!!! You can also find these elsewhere.