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Tea Bags - how long do they last?

Started 1375997190.7 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1376157381.35 by Chicagoan

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.


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Shelbelle1375997270.38336496 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

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.

lovesrecess1375997478.85714673 PostsRegistered 7/14/2008Texas

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

kitty4me1375997491.1633303 PostsRegistered 8/30/2008Texas

I just bought some Luzianne Tea bags and they expire on 4/2015 I also have Tetley Tea Bags and could find no expiration.

BornToShop1375997516.9871567 PostsRegistered 5/17/2007Florida
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.

chickenbutt1375997961.6827133 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

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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Brinklii1375998710.2910297 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Northern WI

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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Lynneuk1376000292.118615 PostsRegistered 11/3/2006

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.

twinsister1376004295.9173972 PostsRegistered 9/18/2005

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.

glmama1376005834.0821064 PostsRegistered 12/8/2006

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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Krimpette1376005861.511306 PostsRegistered 9/7/2007MidAtlantic

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.{#emotions_dlg.blush})

GCR181376006398.4677473 PostsRegistered 7/3/2013

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.

FunkyHulaG­irl1376075270.7737430 PostsRegistered 6/25/2011Wherever I go, there I am!

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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D Oro1376077226.854114 PostsRegistered 2/17/2011Knock Knock, USA

Gosh! Now I have to go brew a pot of tea. lol

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4paws1376081401.15722694 PostsRegistered 7/29/2006

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.

Chicagoan1376157381.352699 PostsRegistered 6/11/2008CHICAGOLAND

I love the "Food Shelf Life" website for these kind of questions...


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