Tea shipped with dessicant
I recently purchased a Dong Ding Oolong from an Australian tea company. Upon opening the packet, I was surprised to find a sachet of dessicant stored with the tea.
I’m aware that moisture, light and odours are factors that need to be controlled for maintaining the optimum freshness of tea. I haven’t purchased from this company before, and just wondered if anyone else has had an experience of a tea being shipped with a dessicant. Is it a common and acceptable practice, or is it a sign of a poor-quality tea?
Most of the Japanese teas I have received from Den’s Teas, and direct from Japan also have a sachet of dessicant stored with the tea. It is definitely not a sign of poor-quality tea, rather is the companies best attempt to make sure the tea arrives in good condition. I have never noticed any negative impact to the aroma or flavor, in fact, I believe it helps keep all in good order.
Yes I’ve received tea before that had a sachet of dessicant slipped into the container. At the time it happened, I thought it was a nice idea to keep the tea dry.
I just received my package from ITFA (International Tea Farms Alliance) which has a global tea taster’s club. Those teas are very fresh, and there was a package of dessicant in the vacuum sealed pouch. I think it is just an extra measure to protect the product, not an indicator of poor quality.
Great question! I also noticed this about Den’s. It seemed a little strange to me too when I first noticed it, but I assume, as the rest of you, that it’s meant as a way to go the extra step to help maintain freshness.
We often receive and even ship tea with a package of dessicant in it for our fresh teas in particular. As others have postulated here: it keeps the tea fresher, longer.
It is quite common actually, keeps it dry and dessicants don’t emit any smell so does no harm and helps extend the shelf life of the tea.
Thanks everyone, that’s very helpful! I just haven’t received a packet of tea with a dessicant in it before, so I was a little unsure.
Once you’ve opened the tea, how many of you keep the sachet of dessicant in with the tea rather than disposing of it?
Me. And once I finish drinking that box of tea, I transfer the dessicant to another pack.
I think whether or not it matters really depends on how long you keep the tea, and in what conditions. If you live in a super humid and hot climate, could be a good idea to keep the desiccant around. I’ve never noticed a significant difference either way, but my tea collection is living in a cool and dry climate :p
Good point, forgot about that. I live in the tropics so desiccants are a godsend for me. Never lived elsewhere, can’t comment on that.
Basically all tea I receive from Taiwan has the desiccant pack buried in the tea, including competition winning teas in their original packages. I think it’s because most tea producing regions are somewhat humid.
I don’t like seeing other things in tea, so usually I get rid of the desiccant pack upon seeing it. I’m in a very dry area so no concern of humidity. But indeed I think the desiccant packs are harmless.