Perfume + Tea: MiN New York Apothecary and Atelier

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 6comments No tags Permalink 0

[photo from MiN New York]

Crosby Street, which begins at Grand and runs a few blocks north to Houston, is one of my favourite streets in the city. Favourite because the most gorgeous lofts in this city call Crosby Street home, favourite because though it runs parallel a block from touristy Broadway, Crosby remains quiet and peaceful. And favourite mainly because it houses a parade of unique shops. These are stories like In Pursuit of Tea, Saturdays Surf NYC, and MiN New York. MiN opened a year and a half ago, an Apothecary and Atelier with an interior that would have you swooning down to the gilded golden mirror. Exposed brick, dark walls, high ceilings, glass, deep leather sofas, and potions abound.

[photo from MiN New York]

It’s a type of shop I’d spend hours in, spritzing on different scents in vain attempt to find that one perfect scent (sort of like the one perfect tea cup ;) debating whether I should change facial scrubs or hair conditioner, and really, just oooohing over the presentation and careful arrangement of things.

I attended an event at MiN recently, part of their Rituals Series, and this particular evening was focused on Journey of the Senses. It was different from your normal food event in that scents were the primary focus with the food tailored to fit the scent. Interesting right? We went through a series of five scents with cocktails and food to match. It was a pretty cool experience. First we’d sniff the scent, then “follow” the scent to a cocktail which would evoke the same notes, closing on a single sweet/savory bite.

Five perfumes of the night:
Caravelle Epicée by Frapine (Perfumer: Jeanne-Marie Faugier)
Havana Vanille by L’Artisan Parfumeur (Perfumer: Bertrand Duchaufour)
Liaisons Dangereuses, Typical Me by Kilian (Perfumer: Calice Becker)
Angelo di Fiume by Linari Fine Fragrances (Perfumer: Mark Buxton)
Malabah by Penhaligons (Perfumer: Unknown)

Monsieur P came with me to the event and what we really loved were that all the scents were unisex. Sure some were decidedly more masculine or feminine, but then again, isn’t there supposedly something sexy about a woman donning masculine scent?

Five cocktails to go with the five perfumes and bites included everything from Lamb with Raita to Earl Grey Tea Gelato by Il Laboratorio del Gelato, Dates, and Chicken with Black Currants, and macerated cherries and Salted Caramel Macarons from ChikaLicious.

Things really got interesting for me when we ventured into the cocktails that involved tea. The Angelo di Fiume paired with a Jasmine Tea-infused whiskey cocktail and Malabah with Earl Grey Tea and Cardamom-infused Vodka. The latter also had nutmeg and rose water and went with Earl Grey gelato.

I later learned that MiN carries a line of teas by Miller Harris, based in London. Who would have thought?! I come to MiN for scents, and bath and beauty products but it never occurred to me that teas – which is strongly associated with scents, would also make sense in their collection.

MiN is the US partner for Miller Harris so they carry their whole line of products. It’s a fragrance-focused company that also does home products (wallpaper included). I hear they have an excellent tea room in London. I will get there one day! The tea line is small with only five different teas:

Thé Bigarade
Thé Violette
Thé Bergamot
Thé Pétales
Thé Fumé

The one I tried is Thé Pétales – it has a Taiwanese white tip oolong base blended with vanilla Ceylon tea and the oils from rose petals and geranium bourbon. Rose is the strongest scent but when drinking, it’s the vanilla that delivers most clear. It tastes as beautiful as it sounds and makes for more of a delicate afternoon let’s-sit-back-and-relax tea as opposed to a good-morning or good-night tea. I like Thé Pétales plain, no milk or sugar.

But a few vanilla shortbread squares on the side? Yes please.

MiN New York
117 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 206-6366

  • anonymous
    April 6, 2011

    The place, on my passing last night with you, looked amazing and quite interesting. Must take a real visit next time.

  • Tracy
    April 6, 2011

    Sounds like an amazing treat! It sounds like a very experimental and sensual (like lots of stimuli for the senses) event.

  • K and S
    April 6, 2011

    sounds like a fabulous event!

  • anonymous
    April 7, 2011

    Hmm, is it possible that the secret project you're working on is connected to, hmm — I dunno….TEA??!!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    April 7, 2011

    Diana! Was good to see you ^_^ Let's do something again before Al Di La dinner :)Hi Tracy! It really was – I loved that it was something different from your ordinary food close :)Kat! Yes, one of the best food events I've been to this year :)Anon! I wish it was tea related ahaha…now you my mind working overtime!

  • anonymous
    April 8, 2011

    Ooohhhhh now I want to find this place and go for some tea! I'm sure its not that hard to find especially with my iPhone map! Don't get too jealous okay =P

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