Bellocq Tea Atelier, an inconspicuous jewel box tucked away into a quiet corner of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, has turned six years of sourcing and blending the finest teas and botanicals into a devoted and articulate history of tea connoisseurship.

Behind the hidden storefront, single-estate teas are sold exclusively whole leaf, organic tea and herbal blends are still assembled by hand, and more recently, a collection of expertly-crafted, perfumed candles inspired by the company’s teas can be found against a backdrop of faded, aubergine walls. A serendipitous find for the earnest wanderer, this is a space that yields itself to the luxury of fine tea and an unwavering adherence to excellence.

Read the secrets to making a perfect cup of tea here. The tea atelier based in Brooklyn was founded by Heidi Johannsen Stewart and Michael Shannon.

It can be floral, full of tropical fruit notes, roasted, exotic… It can hit so many of the same flavor notes as say, wine, which makes it intriguing, particularly to chefs.