In general, tea has a relatively long shelf life* when properly stored. To ensure the freshness of your tea leaves, please observe the following requirements:
• purchase your leaves from a reliable source, (such as Capital Tea!) and don't be afraid to ask to see and smell the leaves.
• store the tea in a container that protects it from moisture, air, and light (yes, light deteriorates tea)
• do not freeze tea leaves or store them near warmth such as the top of a fridge
* up to six months for black tea