Chinese Green TGY Storage


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Chinese Green TGY Storage

Postby bilochun » May 3rd, '13, 11:25

how long should I keep TGY and are there any specific storage techniques to keep it fresh longer?
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Re: Chinese Green TGY Storage

Postby tingjunkie » May 3rd, '13, 12:01

You must be talking about loose tea not individually wrapped in 7g packets? I use my wine cooler to store Japanese greens. It cools through a different process than a condenser so there's no humidity. Other than that, try to store in a cool dark place as well sealed as possible, and drink within 6 months.
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Re: Chinese Green TGY Storage

Postby bilochun » May 3rd, '13, 12:15

yea loose..sorry for not making it clear earlier. it's tightly rolled balls. wine cooler sounds like a good idea but i dont have one
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Re: Chinese Green TGY Storage

Postby tingjunkie » May 3rd, '13, 13:14

Cool basement? Cabinet low to the ground? Lots of options. The most important thing is to make sure you're storing the tea in an airtight container. A good ziplock style foil pouch should do the trick.
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Re: Chinese Green TGY Storage

Postby Oni » May 3rd, '13, 14:27

Currently I have a 250 gram pack of Imperial TGY from YS, they are in individual 7 gram vacum sealed bags, they keep fresh for a year, just keep it at a constant temperature, I keep it in my cupboard, it is dry, cool, the temperature never goes above 25 C, so it is no problem, no need to buy a wine cooler, I would only buy a wine cooler for japanese greens, but I rarely order more than I can consume in a months time.
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Re: Chinese Green TGY Storage

Postby Evan Draper » May 3rd, '13, 14:54

Vac seals only keep fresh for a year, huh? I have a ton of 7g TGY packs, so seeing how well they age in there has been inescapably thrust upon me.... Only at a couple years yet tho.
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Re: Chinese Green TGY Storage

Postby Poohblah » May 3rd, '13, 15:47

There was a thread a while back discussing how long those vacuum-sealed packs last... IIRC there wasn't a consensus but most agreed that those packs will stay fresh for at least 2 years.

edit: here you go: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=15805
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Re: Chinese Green TGY Storage

Postby Oni » May 5th, '13, 03:09

How much it lasts would only matter if I owned a teavendor, because no tea drinker would buy a 2 year old green oolong, everybody wants fresh tea, so I would go out of business if I sold 2011 TGY in 2013. As far as I am concerned I can consume all my tea before that time, I usually need a kilo of green oolong for a year, and only buy ahead for max 2 months.
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Re: Chinese Green TGY Storage

Postby edkrueger » May 5th, '13, 17:25

Well, given proper storage, a year old tea might be better than a fresh one. I think a lot of stuff tastes better after a few months of resting.

But, maybe not for green TGY.
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Re: Chinese Green TGY Storage

Postby ABx » May 6th, '13, 14:52

After removing from a vacuum pack you'd want the tea to acclimate for a while. I generally find that if I dump it into a tin, then about the third time making some is the best -- i.e., after opening the tin a few times with a day or so in between.

If there's any discernible roast, then the tea will go through changes for the first year, and will be better after it has settled.

Also, no vacuum sealer creates 100% vacuum, but some are better than others. If I remember right, the typical home sealer gets about 70% vacuum, and more commercial ones get somewhere between 80%-90%. (That's why some put oxygen absorbers in the package.) So how long a tea stays fresh in a vacuum pack will depend partially on how complete the vacuum is.

Regarding bags vs tins, I don't trust bags because I don't always seal them completely, and I've also had the zip seal separate from the bag and I didn't realize it until it had been like that for some weeks (or longer). However, you can reduce the amount of air in a bag before sealing it, which you obviously can't do with a tin.
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