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Old 11-11-2005, 05:25 AM   #1
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Does tea go stale?

Just curious - MIL drinks decaf tea, and I have some leftover from last CHristmas - do I need to restock for their visit this Thanksgiving? Regular tea never lasts long enough in our house for me to know the answer to this, lol!

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Old 11-11-2005, 06:15 AM   #2
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I think it does go stale, Marmalady.. or at least the leaves lose flavour. I've never drunk any of the decaff stuff though
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Old 11-11-2005, 06:24 AM   #3
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I'd say if it's just plain tea (like Lipton's or generic) and not flavored or high-end you could probably get away with using it, especially if your MIL doesn't drink it plain.
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Old 11-11-2005, 08:16 AM   #4
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absolutely yes, if stored improperly marm. teas should be in airtight containers to keep them fresh.

here's some info: http://www.teaspring.com/teafaq.asp?id=7
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Old 11-11-2005, 08:21 AM   #5
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Yes it does go stale, but like PAB mentioned, if it is the store bought tea bags like Lipton then the quality is so low already (not to say it is bad stuff, but just compared to high quality tea) that chances are no one will notice a difference.
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Old 11-11-2005, 09:48 PM   #6
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Naw, Marm - if it's just the the MIL and she is drinking decaf - use the old stuff and just let her think you don't know how to brew a good cup of tea! What's she going to do - drag her baby boy out the door with her when she leaves?

Tea will stay "decent" for a year, or more, in an airtight cannister. I didn't say "pristine" tasting - just "drinkable" without significant oxidation "off flavors". Actually - I've had some that was 2-3 years old (stored in an airtight cannister) that tasted fine. I've had some that was stored in the original cardboard box on the shelf for 3-4 months that was useless.
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Old 11-11-2005, 09:56 PM   #7
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Just curious - MIL drinks decaf tea, and I have some leftover from last CHristmas - do I need to restock for their visit this Thanksgiving? Regular tea never lasts long enough in our house for me to know the answer to this, lol!
Replace it, it's MIL time..best to have fresh tea She will notice
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Old 11-11-2005, 10:23 PM   #8
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LOL, Amber! The difference between men and women ...
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Old 11-12-2005, 06:05 AM   #9
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I bought some decaf tea a number of years ago, and it tasted so -- well, un-tea-like and had a strange feel on the tongue. I've never bought it again. As far as I'm concerned, unless they've improved the stuff (I haven't bought any since) you can only improve it by aging it! LOL.
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maybe you can introduce them to a nice quality herb tea, which is not really a traditional tea but mainly made with hibiscus, pieces of dried fruit, rose hip etc. They come in many different flavours, naturally caffine free and much more pleasant to drink than "dicaffinated" tea.
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