I bought the box from a second hand store. It's a wooden box with 100 3g Korean red ginseng teabags and the wooden box still had a plastic packaging around it. It looks new but the inside smells a little like pva glue?? The other posts on here say tea doesn't really expire, the taste and health benefits just don't last very long after the shelf life. I was worried that red ginseng tea might be different.

  • Have you checked that the date is not written in the format YY-MM-DD?
    – L.Dutch
    Commented Feb 12, 2023 at 8:40
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    We can't tell you what is an isn't safe, but generally speaking tea is dried leaves. And assuming that it hasn't become moldy I would imagine that an expiration on such a food item might indicate how long it can reasonably assured to be at the peak of freshness/flavor. Beyond that I would be hesitant to say "sure go for it, drink up!" Commented Feb 12, 2023 at 14:32
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    – bob1
    Commented Feb 12, 2023 at 20:13
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    Note the difference between expiry, sell by, and best before dates. It's likely that the date you have is a "best before" date and as such just means that the quality of flavour/freshness/rehydration (while steeping) etc, will not be as good as it might have been before the date shown.
    – bob1
    Commented Feb 12, 2023 at 20:17
  • This question comes up every few years. See cooking.stackexchange.com/q/9778/67
    – Joe
    Commented Feb 12, 2023 at 21:10


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