NYC is full of wonderful hidden gems, every once in a while I come across something incredible. One day, I came across a T2 store. As soon as I entered the store, I transported to tea wonderland. This tea shop has walls of beautiful teacups, teapots and of course super aesthetically pleasing tea. The walls of tea looked so clean and luxurious. The linear designs were clean, and the packaging was simple and elegant. I loved how one of the walls, listed all their best selling teas. I didn’t know how but I knew I wanted to feature them, and I started chatting with someone working there. We got to talking and I found myself re-entered the tea wonderland a few weeks later with a private tour and tasting. I am so excited about this opportunity, and I wanted to share my experience with you. This post is in collaboration with T2, and I received these products/experience free of charge, but all opinions are my own.
After admiring everything the store had to offer, it was time to taste their teas. I was provided with samples of a few of their best-selling teas, pictured below. How pretty is it here? Fun fact, they have like a million different types of tea, so you can find one for everyone!
Not only did I get to taste their tea, but I also got the opportunity to learn how to make matcha. I’ve never really tried matcha before because I tend to stick to black teas versus green. It was such a lovely experience learning about how to make some matcha! For more on that, keep reading! Besides their matcha, I tested out these blends: New York Breakfast Blend, French Earl Grey, Green Rose, Sleep Tight, and finally their Lemongrass & Ginger.
The New York City blend has a strong flavor of vanilla and cinnamon, which was super unique and yummy. Next, I tasted their French Earl Grey, which smells of blueberries but there were no blueberries in it, it was a yummy take on an earl grey and more floral than your traditional early grey. I was nervous about tasting the next blend because it was a Green Rose, as you know I don’t love green tea and I often find rose overpowering but this blend was so wonderfully balanced, it was actually a sweet green that I loved. I highly recommend this blend if you’re trying to break into green tea like I am.
I’ve been struggling with sleeping a lot lately, so I was very excited to test out the Sleep Tight blend, which was lavender and lemongrass flavored, I took a sip and found myself feeling a lot calmer, I enjoyed this blend a lot, and I think it would also be an excellent iced tea! The last tea I tasted before the matcha was the lemongrass and ginger blend, this had a strong ginger flavor, but you could still taste the lemon, it was recommended to me to add some honey, ice, and seltzer to this blend for a cocktail and I can’t wait to try it!
As we chatted, I had mentioned that Matcha was super intimidating to me and Beth, the woman who took me through the tasting taught me all about how to make matcha (which I had never done before). So you add the blend to this small bowl, add some water at the correct temperature, whisk it using a special whisk in a W shape until it is frothy. Once it’s ready, you can add some milk ( we used almond), and it’s ready to go. To be honest, I was so surprised at how mild the flavor was. I hate green tea that tastes vegetal, and this didn’t, and I was beyond thrilled. It opened the doors for me, so next time I’m out in the city, I might order some matcha!
As I left, Beth was kind enough to give me a gift. I was gifted a set of T2 top-selling tea set, and I cannot wait to drink more of their wonderful best selling blends!
Have you ever been to a T2?
Thank you again to T2 for opening your doors to me and allowing me to get to know you and your tea better, I had an awesome time. To find the T2 store closest to you, check out here. You can also order online! I toured their store on the Upper West Side.