How long does Darjeeling tea last?

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How long does Darjeeling tea last?

by saxon75 » May 20th 14 6:32 pm

I've gotten a good feel for how long some teas last--a few months for sencha, for example, and several years for many Assams. What about Darjeelings, though? And is there a big difference between first flush, second flush, and autumn flush? Or is what really matters the individual tea and how it's processed?

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Re: How long does Darjeeling tea last?

by Tead Off » May 21st 14 2:39 am

Fresh teas have a quality all their own, but I have many Darjeelings that are 3 years old and still very good. They are kept in airtight canisters. None have gone flat. All were top quality when fresh. All were 1st and 2nd flush.

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Re: How long does Darjeeling tea last?

by saxon75 » May 21st 14 4:00 pm

Thank you. :)

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Re: How long does Darjeeling tea last?

by shah82 » May 21st 14 6:56 pm

That really depends on the tea, though. Some darjeelings do develop some character with age, though I wouldn't say they are anything like fresh.