Tea leaves produce the best flavor when used within two months of purchasing. Six months is the maximum time to store green tea. The leaves absorb smells (they are sometimes used as a deodorizer) so they should be stored in an airtight, moisture-free metal or tin container that is away from light. Out of date tea leaves will be brittle and dry, rather than lush and aromatic.
a strong pleasant smell, usually from food or drink:
the aroma of freshly baked bread
a wine with a light fruity aroma
having a pleasant smell:
tr.v., -ized, -iz·ing, -iz·es.
- To mask or neutralize the odor of.
- To make more acceptable, as by elimination or suppression of an offensive aspect: “Tighter regulation and the entrance of big developers . . . have helped deodorize the industry, but it is still plagued by undercapitalized and even fraudulent developers” (Forbes).