Shelf life (safe to drink)

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Shelf life (safe to drink)

by Zubo » Aug 14th 16 6:50 pm

I have some 2 year old Japanese Sencha that was opened, but stored in pretty air-tight condition. There is no any sign of mold or anything suspicious, and I was surprised how decent the taste is considering 2 years passed and it is not vaccum-packed. I am wondering, is it safe to drink through ~50 grams of that tea, or would you throw it away just to be safe?

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Re: Shelf life (safe to drink)

by daidokorocha » Aug 14th 16 7:00 pm

Drink it! It is perfectly fine. At times, Japanese tea is aged anyhow. Perhaps not 2 years, but a lot of other tea is aged much longer than that. Tea really lasts forever so long as moisture does not get to it. Sometimes after a few years it tastes bad, other times it is drinkable. If it tastes good, it is good.

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Re: Shelf life (safe to drink)

by Drax » Aug 14th 16 11:07 pm

Agreed, it should be fine.

If you find that it's not up to snuff, trying cold-brewing it (cold water + tea leaves, overnight in the fridge, then filter it the next morning and drink it to-go). I've just finished off a bunch of sencha I had from 2011 (100+ grams) this way. It was a great way to still get to enjoy the tea.

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Re: Shelf life (safe to drink)

by Zubo » Aug 17th 16 9:14 pm

Great to know I don't have to throw away all that tea :D