Got Teavanna’s White Aryuvedic Chai in a swap and there is a consistent aftertaste reminiscent of curdled milk. Upon investigation, it seems that the person that swapped with me also noted an aftertaste that they dislike. I am wondering if the tea somehow went bad? I know that they can drastically lose their flavor overtime, but can tea spoil or did we just have the misfortune of crossing a bad batch?
I feel like flavoured tea can definitely spoil, although bad batches are possible as well! Can’t say I’ve had that tea from Teavana though.
Unflavoured tea doesn’t spoil as such. They fade and go stale, but they don’t spoil. Flavoured tea on the other hand… Yeah, it might, I think. I’ve never seen it happen myself, but who knows what can happen in flavouring oils and what not.
Curdled milk flavour sounds foul. It could be a bad batch or it could have actually spoiled but either way, I don’t think you should drink any more of it until you’re sure. Just to be safe.
I’ve not had it happen but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t, I guess. I would think more of a bad batch or some weird contamination somewhere along the way though.
I haven’t had that happen with this particular tea, and I’ve had some for over a year. I’m guessing contamination of some sort. “When it doubt, toss it out!” In all seriousness, I agree with @Angrboda – better be safe and dump it.