I participated in the Silver Needles OTTI and now I want more Silver Needles. I've been checking various vendors - especially Rishi, because their 2 silver needles in the OTTI were the best. Some vendors always include all the harvest information including the date. Some vendors, like Rishi, rarely include the harvest date. Many vendors are still selling the 2009 harvest.
I wrote to Rishi about their harvest date because I planned on trying a small package of this year's harvest before stocking up. The response was that they only include the harvest date if the tea is a specialty tea that may only be available for a short time (possibly like that wonderful Grand Funding).
So two questions:
How important is it to purchase this year's Silver Needle now - how long will last year's tea still be fresh enough to drink?
What do you think of sites that don't include harvest date?