I wonder what the best thing is for storing loose tea? I guess the traditional thing & maybe the best would be a porcelain jar, but since I don't have any, would a glass jar work just as well? What else could I use?
Post by Eric (Student) on Mar 6, 2011 13:17:19 GMT -8
Unglazed clay jars, preferably made from Yixing clay, are the best storage containers for all Pu-erh teas, new or aged, loose or compressed. As long as there is adequate air circulation and moderate humidity, paper bags and cardboard boxes can also work well but don't develop the flavour as effectively. Glass and porcelain jars and even plastic bags can be used but must be opened more frequently to allow fresh air in from time to time. When considering storage, one must also consider their goals for that tea in terms of drinking vs keeping and the effect of different storage methods and containers. There is lots of detailed information on this subject in Daniel Lui's most recent article www.realchinatea.com/how-to-make-pu-erh-tea-taste-better.html .
Da Hong Pao and other aged Oolongs are best kept in porcelain jars as porcelain does breathe a little.
For Oolong and green teas, airtight containers kept in the refrigerator are best. We have found that these teas last much longer and actually improve in taste. But once committed to refrigeration, the tea must be kept stored that way. Daniel Lui has also written about this in his artcle www.realchinatea.com/how-to-buy-chinese-tea.html .
I have see a few bamboo containers pop up. I'm not sure if they wold be good for tea at all. What would be the disadvantages to keeping tea in bamboo, and why would one want to? I can only assume that it's breathable. But couldn't the bamboo also take on the fragrance of the tea thus making it usable only for that tea, or type of tea? But would that be all that bad? -Eric