I am having one of the strangest tea experiences of my life and I would like to see if anyone here can give me some insight on it.
I bought 50g of a black tea, Vithanakanda, on Friday, November 26th 2010. Five days later, today, I decided to try it. On Friday it smelled earthy, oaken, rich and slightly smokey with a hint of roasted almonds. Today it smells like a lite white wine, maybe a rose. It smells fermented, with hints of grape and a slight oaken undertone. There is a little bit of a roasted almond taste to it still, but it does not have that rich black earthy tone that it had when I bought it. The dry leaves have changed their smell too, to match that of my current brew.
When I bought it I bought a small tea tin to put it in as well. The tea has accompanied me from the store to the house in the tea tin. It is air tight and looks like a pretty good tin. The tea was stored in the same cabinet with my other teas and has not been taken out or used since Friday. Does anyone know what could have happened to make it change like this? It makes me think that my tea went bad, but I didn't think it could go bad in five days, not without some serious help.
The temperature in the house has actually been the coldest it has been since we moved in, down in the high sixties for the past few days. None of my other teas seem to have gone bad. Has anyone else had this happen before?
Also, would it be appropriate for me to ask this in the more general tea section? It is specifically about a black tea, but maybe it is something about tea in general.