Bespoke Tea Tasting at Té Company
Té Company opened their adorable tea room a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been a regular, eating and drinking my way through the menu. When I found out Elena, the owner, offered bespoke tea tastings, of course I had to say “Yes, please!”
You can either choose a tasting of three oolong teas for $32 per person or five at $40 per person. I wanted to explore five light oolongs so Elena selected the ones that she thought would best showcase the variety. Another great option to try is tasting a selection of oolongs from light to dark.
Elena set up a table for us and expertly prepared each tea. We did two steepings of each tea, which was enough to get me tea drunk.
With each tea she selected, Elena gave me a little history and background, which I found to be fascinating. (Try the #2028 tea and ask her about how it got its name.) This tea tasting is a great time to ask Elena any questions you had about oolong tea.
The three tea tasting lasts about 30-40 minutes and the five tea tasting lasts a little over an hour.
This would be a great gift for someone who loves tea and something the two of you can experience together. I’m planning on taking a friend there for her birthday, but really, it’s a gift for me.
Here is Elena pouring an oolong tea into a tiny pitcher which then gets poured into individual tasting cups.
You get small sweet bites included with your tasting, but I usually want something to eat after drinking a lot of tea. Thankfully, Té Company has a small food menu, which changes on a regular basis but everything is DELICIOUS. I got the ‘family meal’ which was this tower of vegetables and a slice of sweet bean cake for $12.50 which was amazingly good.
The best way to contact Elena for a tea tasting is by email (Info@te-nyc.com), but she takes walk-ins too if she’s available.