If you love to drink tea and try out different types of tea, you might have lots of tea bags lying around in your cupboard that make you start wonder does tea bag expire? Well, at least I do.

In this article, we’ll answer some of the most common questions people often ask around tea bag expiry date.

How long do tea bag last?

The answer depends on how you store your tea bags.

To maximize the shelf life of tea bags, you should store it in a cool, dark area — typically inside the cupboard — away from the direct heat or sunlight.

If you stored the tea bags properly in a room temperature, they could stay at its best quality for about 18 to 24 months. To better retain the flavor, you should store it in airtight containers.

Check out the article below to find out the best way to store your tea bags.

How to Store Loose Green Tea?
Just like coffee, tea requires some special approaches when it comes to proper storage. When kept properly, green tea can last for more than 12 months without changing color.

Is it safe to consume tea bags after the expiration date?

No, tea bags do not expire or bad as long as they’re stored properly and not damaged.

You might wonder does Lipton tea bags expire?

Commercially packaged tea bags such as Lipton Green tea normally has a “best if used by”, “best before”, or “best by” date indicator. Take note that it’s different from expiration date.

This date indicates estimation by the manufactures of the tea that you should drink it by the mentioned date to enjoy its best quality, not for any safety purposes.

So is it safe to consume tea bags past the date?

Drinking tea past the mentioned date is safe but you might notice lesser flavor over time and you might miss out on some of the health benefits that comes with the tea.

How do you know when tea goes bad?

Before you start drinking all the tea bags, it’s a good idea to test whether the tea bags are still good.

Try to brew a cup of tea for about 3 - 5 mins.

If you notice a dank smell coming out from the tea, it’s a clear sign you should replace the tea bags.

Another way is to check out the aroma and flavor. If the scent is weak and the flavor isn’t obvious or completely gone, you should replace the tea bag.

Final Thoughts

By now, you should have better idea on the tea bags expiration dates. Storing your tea properly could maximize the shelf life of the tea bags.

While it’s generally safe to drink tea past the date specified by the manufacturer, pay attention to the smell and flavor of the tea and replace them when they go bad.