There is very little that is worse for a tea lover than steeping their favorite tea the way they have always done, just to realize upon first sip that something is not quite right. The wonderful aroma and taste that they have grown to love has now changed into something different. The characteristics of the tea are all wrong, but the preparation was perfect. "What has happened?" they cry out, "What dastardly person has corrupted my tea?" Luckily, we don't need cunning of Sherlock or wits of Batman to uncover this culprit. This dastardly wrongdoer has a moniker and it is: staleness.