I found a tin of assorted tea bags (Bentley Tea) that we received for Christmas about a year and a half ago. Forgot we had them - do tea bags have an expiration date? There is nothing on the tin.
I have never had a tea bag go bad on me, and I buy a box of 100 and keep them for a very long time.
I would make myself a cup of tea with one of them and see if the flavor is still intact; if not, toss it..I think tea lasts a very long time in my experience
I just bought some Luzianne Tea bags and they expire on 4/2015 I also have Tetley Tea Bags and could find no expiration.
I believe tea bags can be good up to 3 & 1/2 years, providing there is proper storage against light and air. I stocked up on Harney & Sons Blueberry Green Tea bags that was a LTO at my local Barnes & Noble. The café manager told me the formula but I don't remember what it is.
They might be weakened a bit but probably not much more wrong with them.
I keep mine in a Lock & Lock so they seem to stay pristine for years. I only use Lipton Decaf Tea, and can only drink hot beverages when the weather is COLD, so it takes me a while to use up a box.
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I keep mine sealed in an airtight container, but they don't last that long for me. I drink lots of hot tea.
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I found boxes of 160 count Typhoo tea at Christmas Tree Shop and bought ten boxes! I can't live without my English tea and at Wegman's I was paying $6.99 for 40 bags. The 160 count boxes were $3.99 so they were a real steal.
Each box has 4 sealed foil bags containing 40 tea bags each and I go through 40 of them pretty quickly.
I would think your tea bags will be just fine. Was the tin sealed all this time? If so they should be great. I think putting them in a lock n lock is a good idea if you are slow using them up.
Thanks everyone for your responses. The tin was sealed - had never opened it. I will try one to see how it tastes. In the future I will store tea bags in my lock n lock.
Periodically I go through my tea stash and toss those teas that have either expired or perhaps I've ignored b/c they don't appeal to me anymore. I would do the sniff test first to see if it smells good and has lots of aroma. Then check the box.
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i have some spearmint tea bags in a cardboard box that must be at least 3-4 years old. They were in the back of my cupboard. I've been drinking them of late and noticed no deterioration. (A true tea drinker might disagree with me, however.)
If the box doesn't have a date and I can't remember when I bought it, I toss it. Now I just buy a new box every fall.
I like to keep a supply of all different kinds of flavors on hand; as long as they're kept out of the light and tightly sealed, they'll last for years. The only time I ever noticed a difference in taste was in cheaper flavored tea bags, where the flavor came from anything other than herbs, spices, or fruit peel (artificial flavors, I guess) - those tasted like just plain tea. Now I buy mostly Republic of Tea, Twinings, or Bigelow.
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Gosh! Now I have to go brew a pot of tea. lol
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I have a can of organic Oolong tea that was sealed. I just opened and it tastes great. No date I can find on it.