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Why freshness matters in tea

When we think of "fresh" in relations to food, we think of vegetables and fruits, maybe even fresh cooked meals, or a freshly squeezed glass of lemon juice. But do you realize that we are also looking for "freshness" when we check the expiry date at the bottom of a box of cereal or a box of tea?  My father was a tea farmer. He use to say that the teas taste best when you pick the tender leaves within 6 days of the leaves appearing on the plant. Other planters used to wait for 10 - 12 days in order to get more yield, but my father stuck to his 6 day rounds. His teas used to win the best...

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