I have been buying this tea for a couple of years. Its always fresh but the quality is inconsistent. Gunpowder green tea is supposed to be whole tea leaves. The last bag I got was beautiful. It was almost entirely big whole leaves in nice big round balls. That is what I expect gunpowder tea to look like. The bag I just received has no resemblance to gunpowder green tea. It is mainly shredded green tea leaves without a single whole leaf in it. This has been an ongoing problem. The price is the only reason I keep buying it.