Friday, July 6, 2012
Have you ever held a scoop of your favorite tea in your hand? By touching it, you can learn a lot about it. With a gentle rub between your fingers, you can release the essential oils and fragrances of each ingredient. You may also notice that quality, loose leaf tea is delicate. The fragility of tea leaves makes the flavor variable. Proper water temperature, infusion method, and leaf amount play a part in bringing out the subtle flavors in your favorite cup of tea. That’s why tea making [http://www.teavana.com/tea-info/how-to-make-tea?cm_sp=Home-_-TeaInfoBlock-_-MakeTea] is such an art form. However, getting the best flavor every time from a batch of tea starts before the water even boils. We’re talking about proper tea storage.
To preserve flavor and freshness, tea needs to be kept away from heat, light, air, and moisture. Tea will lose its flavor and aroma quickly if kept near a heat source (like your kitchen stove or toaster) or when placed in the freezer. The best way to store tea is at room temperature in an airtight tea canister. Teavana’s Perfect Tea Tins use double walled stainless steel with an airtight seal to keep tea fresh for up to a year.
However, the Perfect Tea Tin is not the best choice for all types of tea – particularly citrus based teas. Remember how rubbing the tea between your fingers can produce aromatic oils? Well, citrus teas contain citrus oils. These oils may play well with your taste buds, but not with a standard tin. The airtight seal absorbs the citrus oil – causing it to expand. The tea will stay fresh and full of flavor, but the container will become more and more difficult to open and close over time.
But don’t worry. You can still preserve your citrus teas. Teavana’s Citrus Tea Tin has an interior airtight lid that uses a special type of plastic (polyethylene) that is stable in the presence of citrus oils. For the best flavor, use the Citrus Tea Tin to store these Teavana blends: Golden Mojito, Strawberry Lemonade, Wild Orange Blossom, Citrus Lavender Sage, Lemon Youkou, Swiss Vervaine Melange, Lemon Lime Kampai.