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1.0 out of 5 stars Expires in 25 days from when I received it!!!! Stale Tea, anyone?, October 2, 2010
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This review is from: Primula TMV-2012 12-variety Green Tea Flowers, 7.04 oz (Kitchen)
Buyer beware!

Imagine my utter surprise and dismay when I opened the package of 12 tea flowers, only to find that the expiration date is 10/25/2010!!! I am just wondering how long this tea has been sitting around in their warehouse, and why they think a customer would want to drink STALE tea is beyond me. Sure, seeing a flower opening up in water is a fun experience, but when you can't enjoy the actual flavor of the fresh tea, why bother? Very BAD sales and SHAME ON YOU Primula teas! I will not be looking at this brand again!

Save your money - for a fresh and flavorful tea try Rishi Teas (double lidded for freshness), The Tao of Tea, Boston Tea, or even Twinings (not as high quality but still good), all these I drink and enjoy.

I will try to post a picture (never have before) to show the box (plain brown paper, rectangular, without graphics)it looks nothing like this picture here, and expiration date.

ETA: Just looked at the white sticker on the brown box and it was manufactured 10/25/2007! 3 YEAR OLD TEA that will expire in days. This is totally unexceptionable! Since Amazon doesn't let us return food items, I'm stuck with this. NOT HAPPY! :(
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Initial post: Feb 1, 2011, 12:15:23 PM PST
DishyP says:
Huh? Unexceptionable? Did you mean to say unacceptable?? LOL...

Posted on May 17, 2011, 4:55:04 PM PDT
I'm not sure why they were past-dated, but the tea flowers are sealed in heavy-duty foil packets (not cheap paper or plastic) and probably never get stale. We got ours as a gift and forgot it in a cabinet until a year later, and the past-dated teas are superb. Give it a try; I say not to worry.

Posted on Jun 24, 2011, 12:05:34 AM PDT
eec says:
You do need to be cautious sometimes purchasing food items from Amazon, I've discovered. I bought Timothy's coffee and it arrived at the expiration date.

Posted on Jun 10, 2014, 9:21:21 AM PDT
M. Stephens says:
It is really unfair to blame Primula Tea so boldly for the timing you received this. It clearly says (at this point anyway) that it is *shipped from Amazon*. That means that probably *Amazon* was responsible for allowing it to sit around their warehouse for too long. Please don't blame the people who make products for the carelessness of the middlemen/distributors, unless you have directly contacted the manufacturer and they told that was their policy. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2015, 11:51:29 AM PST
Suzanne says:
The expiration means nothing for some products. Especially teas that are so well sealed. They are wonderful. Ours came in the colorful box. Whatever you got may have been not as pictured if in a brown box. You can get your money back if it's not as pictured.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2016, 9:30:59 AM PST
e-reader65 says:
it's typical of some people to pass the blame.
Primula Tea should know where their stock is and control expiration dates like everyone else does.
the distributor is just that. it DISTRIBUTES the goods.
why do I think you work for Primula!??!?

Posted on Jul 28, 2016, 7:13:26 PM PDT
Zippy says:
The date printed is not an expiration date, it is the date on which it was packaged. The tea does not expire when packaged air tight.
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