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Earl Grey Creme - 3.5oz
Organic high grown estate black tea hand blended with fragrant oil of bergamot and a touch of French vanilla. A remarkable blend with fresh citrus notes followed by a rich and robust finish.
Water Temperature: 206 F degrees
Steep Time: 3-5 minutes
Suggested Serving Size: 1 tsp/8oz
Ingredients: Organic Black Tea, Organic Cornflowers, Natural Oil of Bergamot, Natural Flavors
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White Coconut Creme - Organic White Tea - 2oz
Immerse yourself into a cup of this dreamy tropical infusion! With its light body and smooth creamy texture, it's no wonder this tea is a favorite of many PureTea customers!
Delivers a sweet and soothing balance of coconut and is great hot, iced or as a dessert tea.
Water Temperature: 175 - 185 F degrees
Steep Time: 1-3 minutes
Suggested Serving Size: 1 Tbsp/8oz
Ingredients: Organic White Tea, Organic Safflower, Organic Cornflower, Organic Coconut, Natural and Artificial Flavors
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Just one cup of delicious tea each morning.
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Simply place the tea bag in your cup/mug, bring water to a near boil, then pour 4-6 oz over the tea bag. Let the tea steep for 3-4 minutes, discard the bag and enjoy!
Each aromatic sip of our PureTea Skinny Tea blend reveals a clean, earthy taste with fruity undertones and hints of lemon and cinnamon.
Every body is different and so results will vary. We strongly recommend to eat healthy and exercise regularly for best results.
Green tea naturally contains caffeine which may act as both a stimulant and a diuretic. For these reasons, we do not recommend drinking our detox blend during your pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
These results are 100% authentic customers reviews. Every body type is different so results experienced may vary amongst individuals and hence cannot be guaranteed.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Results may vary from person to person and are not guaranteed.
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PureTea Garcinia Cambogia Weight Loss Formula is an all-natural, 100% Garcinia Cambogia Pure Extract standardized to 60% HCA (Hydroxycitric Acid). Our pure garcinia cambogia is made without fillers, binders, additives, or artificial ingredients - just 500mg of pure, potent garcinia cambogia fruit extract in an easy to swallow, vegetarian capsule.
Each batch of garcinia cambogia pills are made in the USA and are tested for safety, quality, potency and purity, by an Independent 3rd Party Laboratory, and is sourced from the rind of non-GMO Garcinia Cambogia fruit.
For best results, take garcinia pills (1) twice a day, 20-30 minutes before a meal with 8 ounces of water. Garcinia Cambogia HCA is effective for both men and women, and is naturally caffeine free, without any added stimulants.
Supplement Facts (per 2 Veggie Caps):
Garcinia Cambogia Extract - 1,000mg
Standardized to 60% HCA (Hydroxycitric Acid)
Inactive Ingredients: Cellulose (Veggie Cap)
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The PureTea Glass Tea Infuser is one of the most versatile portable beverage tumblers you'll find anywhere. This bottle has a removable infuser for either tea or fruit, and it's double-walled design keeps your drink hot on your way to work.
"Every tea lover should own one of these!" - Lara W, Tea Enthusiast
Using PureTea's special borosilicate glass, you can be sure that this bottle is safe for both hot or cold liquids and will not impart any unwanted flavor into your drink, such as with stainless steel travel mugs.
Height: 9.65" (245 mm)
Width/Diameter: 2.83" (72 mm)
Volume: 14 oz (414 mL)
Net. Weight: 1 lb (492 g)
Lid: Food Grade Stainless Steel w/ Rubber Waterproof Seal
Bottle: Insulated Double-Wall Borosilicate Glass
Filter: Food Grade Stainless Steel
Base: Food Grade Stainless Steel w/ Rubber Waterproof Seal and Rubber Non-Slip Pad
¹You can leave the contents in the filter as long as you wish, however over-steeping tea leaves may lead to tea that is bitter and astringent.
²Loose leaf teas may be used multiple times before losing their flavor, however it is not recommended to use after 8 hours.
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PureTea Green Tea Extract is made from the most powerful polyphenols and antioxidants found in Green Tea, specifically epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). The antioxidants in green tea have been shown to help burn fat and increase weight loss since they induce thermogenesis and stimulate fat oxidation.
|Amount Per Serving (2 capsules):|
|Green Tea 98% Extract (dried leaves)||1,000mg|
|Epigallocatechin 3P gallate (EGCG)||45% minimum|
|Polyphenol Catechins||75% minimum|
|Other Ingredients: Vegetable Cellulose (Veggie Cap.)|
PureTea Green Tea Extract is a non-GMO, all-natural weight loss formula containing ZERO fillers, ZERO binders, and ZERO artificial ingredients. Our dietary supplement is made with vegetarian- and vegan-friendly ingredients, and is free from allergens including wheat, egg, milk, peanut, shellfish, and soy.
EGCG, the potent extract of green tea, can help you burn fat and lose weight, all while contributing to other improvements in health markers such as:
- mental clarity
- cognitive function
- cellular health
- cardiovascular conditioning
- dental health
These improvements in your health may not only slow the aging process, they may also help improve your mood, and help you live a longer, happier, higher quality of life.
These powerful polyphenols and catechins are found in green tea leaves, and health benefits can be realized by brewing a cup of green tea each day, however green tea extract amplifies the benefits by combining the extracts into a convenient capsule. To get the same amount of polyphenols and catechins in 1 serving of PureTea Green Tea Extract, you would need to consume 3 to 4 cups of brewed green tea.
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This Organic Dragon Well Long Jing tea origins in organic tea base of Tianmu Mountain in Lin’an, Hangzhou. The organic tea base of Tianmu Mountain, has passed the organic certification of European, USA and Japan, is a significant base of planting organic dragon well and green tea. This dragon well long jing tea persists a high level in picking and producing while meeting the standard of organic certification. The tea should be picked as one bud and two leaves or three leaves in order to reach the standard. Tea workers also have excellent skills, which help keep the natural features of fresh tea leaves. Combined with the advantages of organic tea and high grade tea, this dragon well long jing tea is suitable for tea lovers of organic tea as well as dragon well green tea.
|Western Method||Chinese Gongfu Way|
|Teapot: 17oz / 500ml||Gaiwan: 3oz / 85ml|
|185℉ / 85℃||176℉ / 80℃|
|Use 3 Tablespoons / 8 Grams Tea||Use 4 Grams Tea|
|1 - 6 mins||5 steeps : 20s,30s,40s,50s,60s|
|Teapot may be your choice||Gaiwan may be your choice
Rinsing time is around 5 seconds
Uncover when brewing can have better flavor
Dragon Well (Long Jing) tea can be ranked as the first of the ten famous Chinese tea, have gained a lot of reputation around nation and abroad. In china, there are many good dragon well teas while only few of them is able to pass the international organic certification. PureTea chose this tea from the origin place of dragon well tea, Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province. Based on the guarantee of being organic, the picking of materials and producing are the top among dragon well teas. You won’t be disappointed whether you’re organic food lovers or tea lovers who chasing high quality of teas.
Tian Mu Mountain
We know that fresh tea leaves contain plenty of tea polyphenols which has the function of weight loss of green tea. However, based on different producing craft, they will be reduced in different volume. According to a document from Hunan Agricultural University, there are at least 20% to 23% of tea polyphenols in green tea.
As the process of fermentation is removed in the making of green tea, catechin and tea polyphenols in green tea could be highly contained. Tea polyphenols has the function of anti-radiation.
Dragon well long jing tea can refresh minds, brace spirit, help you think, remove fatigue, improve your work efficiency.
Dragon well long jing tea has fluorine, which helps protect your teeth from acid corrosion and decay by bonding with calcium in teeth.
Good environment can provide good tea. Our dragon well long jing tea comes from Tianmu Mountain (Eyes on Heaven Mountain), located in Lin’an, northwest in Zhejiang Province, a distance of 84 kilometers away from Hangzhou. Tianmu in Chinese means the eyes on heaven.
There is a pool on each top of east peak (elevation of 1480 meters) and west peak (elevation of 1506 meters) of Tianmu Mountain. The two pools look like the eyes that are watching the sky. This is how it was named.
A Marvellous Spectacle of the Cloud Sea
Lin’an is in the northwest of Zhejiang Province. The Tianmu Mountain in Lin’an covers 4284 acres, ranges from 119°24′11″E to 119°28 ′21″E, 30°18′30″N to 30°24′55″N, with elevation of 300 m to 1556 m, and a typical forest ecosystem and landscape of middle subtropical regions. As the mountain lies on the north edge of middle subtropical region, meanwhile is affected by its particular structure, the climate here is cool in summer and warm in winter. The average temperature is 14 ℃. The major soil is the widely spread red soil. All of these condition makes a best environment for planting organic tea trees.
The particular Organic Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea that PureTea is selling, is guaranteed to be organically grown and produced, independently verified to meet the following certifications:
Certified Organic in accordance with the USDA (National Organic Program) accreditation for organic farms, production and produce. USDA certificate number is A-2011-01070_1 / 2012-04961.
Certified organic in accordance with both EU regulations Article 29(1) of Regulation (EC) No. 834/2007. Certificate number is A-2011-01070_1 / 2012-04958.
Certified organic in compliance with the JAS (Japanese Agricultural Standards) regulations for organic agricultural products. Certificate number is A-2011-01070_1 / 2012-04959.
Their certifications have been independently verified by BCS Öko-Garantie GmbH - the organic certifier.
In August of 2010, dragon well long jing tea from organic tea garden of Lin’an won the first prize of tea championship of World Tea Expo in Las Vegas, America.
Tea trees sparsely grown in Mount Tiantai organic garden, at a height of 500m above sea level, are vulnerable to strong winds raved through the forest sometimes. So, around the tea garden stand by some taller trees such as pines and firs with exuberant foliage. Those trees planted by tea farmers form a natural defense to hold back the strong wind.
Organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation.
Tips: it holds a strict standard of building an organic tea garden. For example, the land which is planned to apply a qualification of organic tea garden should never use any pesticides in the past 5 to 10 years. In the range of 10 kilometers from the tea garden no factories should exist.
The fresh tea leaves are from tea trees of Jiukeng specie, also called Jiukeng big-leaf specie, seeding family, bush, mainly distribute in Chun’an, Kaihua in Zhejiang Province and Shexian in Anhui Province. In 1985 it was verified as national specie of number GS13023-1985 by the National Crop Variety Certification Committee. The spring tea has one bud and two leaves, and contains about 3.4% of amino acid, 20.9% of tea polyphenols, 13.3% of catechin and 4.1% of caffeine, which is suitable for making green tea. The dry tea is green bloom, with strong aroma and heavy flavor.
In order to guarantee the high quality of fresh tea leaves, it is strictly requested since the picking process: when picking the leaves, your hands must start from the side of leaves, carefully and gently pick off the leaf, then put it into the basket immediately. There is a saying that if the leaf stay on your hand for couples of seconds, the heat from your hands will make the leaf turn into red color.
The reputation of Shifeng Dragon Well Tea is closely related with Emperor Qianlong. He once visited the south of Yangtze River six times, during which he investigated the quality of tea leaves four times. He enjoyed tasting tea, writing poets and learning to pick tea leaves. However, one day, when he was picking tea buds, the trusted follower reported that his mother was in poor health. Once heard of this news, he was so anxious that he immediately put the handful of tea buds into pocket and traveled day and night to return to the capital. His sudden appearance and greeting really surprised his mother so that she turned into a good mood. She realized that a fragrant aroma was blowing on her face and at once asked what it was. Emperor Qianlong carefully smelled and found that a stream of fragrant aroma came from his pocket. He touched his pocket at will and the handful of tea buds from Hugong Temple, Longjing Village, Hangzhou had been dried and gave out a kind of rich fragrance. Therefore, he ordered attendants to brew it. After drinking three cups, his mother became pleasant and refreshing. For this reason, he entitled the eighteen tea trees before Hugong Temple under Shifeng Mountain as “royal tea tree”.
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PureTea's White Peony (Bai MuDan) tea is farmed and produced at Mt. Taimu using DaBai and DaHao tea trees. After brewing it has a pale orange-yellow color like our Silver Needle tea, however it has a slightly fuller flavour. Like Silver Needle, it is renowned for its health benefits, helping reduce the risk of heart attacks, some cancers and reducing the affects of aging.
Certificate of Analyze by Eurofins
|Western Method||Chinese Gongfu Way|
|Teapot: 17oz / 500ml||Gaiwan: 3oz / 85ml|
|185℉ / 85℃||185℉ / 85℃|
|Use 4 Tablespoons / 8 Grams Tea||Use 5 Grams Tea|
|3 - 6 mins||5 steeps : rinse,25s,45s,70s,90s,150s|
|Teapot may be your choice||Gaiwan may be your choice
Rinsing time is around 5 seconds
White Peony Tea, or Bai Mudan Tea as it is called in China, is a slightly oxidised white tea, produced with the same minimal processing as Silver Needle white tea. The difference between the two is that Silver Needles is only made from the unopened new tea buds, while White Peony also includes one or two freshly opened leaves. When dry, this tea's leaves and buds are an olive-green color, covered in with a down-like covering of fine white hairs.
PureTea's White Peony tea is premium quality tea produced by a gold medal winning plantation in Fujian.
This year, good growing conditions mean that our White Peony has an excellent clean pekoe scented fragrance and taste. When it is brewed it will have a pale orange-yellow color, with a very subtle flavour, without any bitterness or astringent taste, characteristic of the best quality White Peony tea.
White tea contains various functional components, including caffeine, tea polyphenol, tea polysaccharide, theaflavin, theanine and so on, which are beneficial for human health in multiple aspects. For example, tea polypgenol can anti-aging, by antioxidation and clearing free radical away; caffeine is diuretic due to its function of restraining the re-absorbing of sodium, chloridion and water; flavanols, and also caffeine, help to refresh mind and remove fat.
Like our Silver Needle tea, PureTea's White Peony Tea is produced in the Mt. Taimu area, near the city of Fuding, in Fujian province, on the south eastern Chinese coast.
This tropical mountainous coastal area is absolutely perfect for growing all white teas, both Silver Needle and White Pekoe. It has abundant rainfall, with many misty days in spring, and temperatures that are neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter. The mountains around the farms are more than 80% forested, ensuring the soil has a high natural fertility and organic content, removing the need to use fertilizers.
Following exactly the same processing method and using the same plants as Silver Needle White Tea, with the only difference being which parts of the tea plant is used, the history of Bai MuDan and Silver Needle white teas is very similar.
White Tea is the earliest form of Chinese tea. Farmers found out that cooling, sun-drying or baking the leaves ensured that the tea could be easily stored and used at a later time. These steps, of course, formed the basis of the withering and drying processes that are still used to this day.
The Bai MuDan version of white tea – essentially the same as Silver Needle except for the inclusion of one or two new leaves with the tea bud – was first produced in the early 1870's by people in the area around ShuiJi, in Zhenghe county Fujian province. Later on, in the 1960's, production spread to Songxi county in Fujian. At present, the main areas for the production of Bai MuDan are in Songxi, Zhenghe, Fuding and Jianyang counties.
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Ingredients: Roselle, Black Currant, Blueberries, Grapes
Taste: A sweet blueberry drink.
PureTea's Fruit Tea's make great, low calorie, caffeine-free, refreshing drinks for anytime of the day. Made only from carefully matched flower petals, dried fruit and berries, they all have high levels of vitamins and minerals and – most importantly – taste and smell great! They are all fantastic to drink either hot or iced.All our fruit teas are made without any added sugar, and so naturally have a very slight sour taste. If you'd like a slightly sweeter drink, simply add a small amount of sugar or, better yet, a small amount of honey.
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PureTea's Fruit Tea's make great, refreshing drinks for anytime of the day. Made only from carefully matched flower petals, dried fruit and berries, they all have most importantly – taste and smell great! They are all fantastic to drink either hot or iced.
If you'd like a slightly sweeter drink, simply add a small amount of sugar or, better yet, a small amount of honey.
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Exquisite Glass Gongfu Teapot 200ml/6.8oz
The material glass has passed the certification of SGS.
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A blend of Dian Hong Black Tea and Rose Herbal Tea rolled into Dragon Balls by hand, it’s a must-have tea for women that helps protect stomach and enhance your beauty.
|Rose --- Kunming City, Yunnan Province, China
Tea --- Pu'er City, Yunnan Province, China
One bud with one leaf
Hand rolled into ball-like shape covered with a few golden tips, each ball is roughly 8-9 grams
Strong rose flower aroma
Bright orange-red color
Combining a well-balanced taste of black and rose flower tea, it tastes smooth and mellow with a hint of bitterness.
Yunnan large-leaf tea species (over 80 years old)
Jiu Tai Po Tea Garden
High caffeine (nearly 40% of a cup of coffee)
Store in airtight, opaque packaging; keep refrigerated
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PureTea Latching Tea Tin, Coffee Canister, Loose Leaf & Spice Storage, Stainless Steel Kitchen Container, Airtight Latch Lid Seal. Each tea tin is food grade and made of high-quality stainless steel. Use for loose-leaf or bagged teas, herbs, and spices, baking mixes or general kitchen organization.
✔️ AIRTIGHT LATCH - Set of two latching tea, coffee, spice storage with latch and airtight rubber seal. Keeps your favorite tea, coffee or spices fresh!
✔️ ELEGANT & DURABLE - Made of long lasting, easy to clean, stainless steel with an sleek elegant, brushed chrome finish.
✔️ LARGE SIZE - The Latching tea canister measures 6.5 inches tall by 3.6 inches wide and hold approximately 12 ounces of dry goods.
✔️ BULK STORAGE - The large size allows for ample storage, perfect for storing loose leaf tea, coffee, herbs, spices, and any dry goods.
✔️ HIGH-QUALITY - The PureTea® latching storage canister made from high-quality stainless steel to ensure long-term lasting use.
by Tony Gebely, World of Tea article, February 17, 2015.
Storing tea can be very simple. If you keep your tea in an airtight container and then store your container in a dark, cool, dry place free from strong odors, you will likely consume it before you begin to notice any degradation in aroma or taste. Looking a bit deeper into tea storage opens up a bit more complexity and in this article, I will break it down for you.
When we talk about a tea deteriorating, what do we mean? Mostly oxidation. For teas that are prevented from oxidizing during production (see tea processing chart here), or that are not heavily oxidized, there is the potential for these teas to continue to oxidize over time.
Because these teas are typically prized for their vitality and lack of oxidation, this ongoing oxidation is considered harmful and a form of deterioration. This is the case for most green teas, yellow teas and depending on personal preference, some white teas. For teas that are allowed to oxidize during production, especially those that are purposely heavily oxidized, there is much less potential for oxidation to continue, and if it does, it’s much harder to notice in the cup. This is the case for black teas and heavily oxidized oolongs.
What about aging tea, isn’t that a special case for tea storage? Yes, but first let’s discuss what we mean by “aging” tea. The goal of aging a tea is to allow the tea to change over time in order to increase it’s palatability. What’s really happening when we age a tea though? It depends on how we store it, because storing tea is synonymous with aging tea.
When teas are stored in an airtight vessel, the ambient oxygen left in the container allows the tea to slowly oxidize over time. Oolong teas are typically sealed in a container with an airtight seal to age for many years.
Puer (and other post-fermented teas) are not typically shielded from moisture, rather a controlled level of moisture is employed to influence the aging during storage. In this case, over time, the tea leaves undergo a combination of fermentation AND oxidation. In fact, when maocha is fixed, it is often done so at a lower temperature so that the oxidative enzymes within the leaves are not fully denatured, clearly allowing for further oxidation.
So if we’re not actively trying to age our tea and we just want to preserve the fresh nature of it, what must we do? There are six laws of tea storage that will help you:
Tea leaves continue to oxidize over time with exposure to oxygen. Even when stored in an airtight vessel, some ambient air remains in between the tea leaves and in between the leaves and the top of the vessel (airtight does not mean air-free). Some tea manufacturers will employ nitrogen-flushing techniques when vacuum sealing their tea to prevent exposure to oxygen during storage, others will employ the usage of oxygen absorber packets.
Oxygen-absorbing packets usually contain iron and salt. When placed in an airtight vessel, the remaining oxygen oxidizes the iron, creating rust. Once all of the iron has oxidized, the oxygen absorbing packet can no longer absorb oxygen so these packets are really only good for long term storage, as opening and closing the container will keep letting oxygen in rendering the packet useless after a short time.
Heat speeds up oxidation (heat is also used to prevent oxidation, but that’s another story). Some delicate green and yellow teas are best if stored in the freezer or refrigerator, this dramatically slows the oxidation reactions. However, this must be done properly to avoid condensation on the leaves. It is advisable to package the tea into small packets that you will use within a week or so each so that your supply overall will stay fresher for longer.
Before you put the packages in the freezer, squeeze as much air out as possible as any remaining air will condense and cause moisture to develop on the leaf surface, however this will be minimal. The most important thing to remember when using cold storage for teas is that when you remove a packet from the freezer or refrigerator, do not open it until it has reached room temperature. This can be accomplished by allowing it to sit out for several hours before use and will prevent any condensation that will occur as the leaves come up to room temperature.
Much of what is written on the effects that light has on dry tea leaves is based on anecdotal evidence as this topic hasn’t been studied in depth. Nigel Melican believes that “light-induced changes in dry teas can occur through photodegradation” which is a blanket term for any light-induced reaction that degrades the quality of tea. Nigel suspects a combination of theaflavin polymerization, chlorophyll conversion to pheophytins and photo-oxidative changes to theaflavins and residual catechins are at play here. We do know that light-induced damage gives tea a metallic flavor, so while we’re still figuring out exactly what chemical changes are occurring in the leaves, it’s wise to keep your tea free from light.
Tea leaves will absorb scent of their surroundings. This is beneficial in the production of scented teas such as jasmine where the leaves are stored in close proximity with jasmine blossoms resulting in a jasmine scented tea. However, this same quality of tea can be detrimental should your tea leaves come in contact with unpleasant odors. This not only means that you should store your tea storage vessels in a place free from strong smells (such as a kitchen or musty basement), it also means that whatever you are storing your tea in must not have a strong smell. Certain wooden containers, airtight tins with strong-smelling rubber seals, and plastic containers can all leave your tea with a disagreeable aroma and taste.
It’s no secret that tea leaves release their flavor when exposed to moisture. Because of this, you really don’t want to “steep” your tea until you “steep” your tea. Keeping your tea storage free of moisture isn’t just as simple as keeping the leaves away from visible liquids. Tea is hygroscopic, and will absorb moisture from the air. An airtight storage container is really all you need to block out moisture.
This law is basically a combination of law one and law four but it is worth mentioning. A near empty airtight vessel with a tiny bit of tea in the bottom will deteriorate faster than an airtight vessel completely full of tea. To keep your tea the freshest, fill your storage vessel as much as possible, shake it to let the tea settle, then fill it some more. The more tea in an enclosed space, the less oxygen in that space, and the more tea you have in a space in relation to anything else in that space, it’s more likely that the tea will not absorb the smell of the surroundings.
In short, a large amount of tea is less apt to be affected by it’s surroundings than a small amount of tea. This concept is of utmost importance when aging puer and other post-fermented teas, so many times I’ll hear of someone “aging” 2-3 puer cakes in an old dormitory refrigerator or a closet. Think of the refrigerator or closet as your storage vessel, you want it filled with as much tea as possible. You want a closet that smells like tea, not a few teas that smell like your closet.
Teas that are less oxidized (greens, yellows, and whites) degrade more quickly than teas that are more oxidized (oolongs and blacks).
The more broken the leaves are, in other words, the higher the surface area in contact with air, the faster the leaves will deteriorate.
Reposted from Tony Gebely article on "The Six Immutable Laws of Tea Storage" World of Tea February 17, 2015.
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