The Mistress of Ceremonies: Nini Ordoubadi, Proprietor and Tea Server at Tay Tea

By Laura Silverman / Photography By | May 15, 2017
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Nini Ordoubadi, of Tay Tea, raises a glass of her tea, made with local Hudson Valley ingredients.
Nini raises a glass of one of her teas made with local Hudson Valley ingredients.

Tea flows through Nini Ordoubadi’s veins. It is deeply ingrained in the Persian culture of her birth and an enduring part of her family’s legacy. She grew up spending summers at her great-aunt’s home on the Caspian Sea, where clients gathered for private tea-blending sessions in the garden. A New York resident since she left Iran to attend Barnard College, Nini initially sought out the green stillness and slower pace of the Catskills for weekend retreats, but soon dreamed of creating a space where she could invite people to experience tea “in all its ritualistic beauty.” Now a full-time resident with a thriving tea atelier and shop in Delhi, NY, Nini also uses the space to host seasonal workshops for the community. She is thrilled to be connected to so many artists and entrepreneurs actively involved in adding to the unique flavor of the area. With her delicious teas—many of which incorporate locally grown ingredients—her welcoming smile and her genuine empathy for all who cross her threshold, Nini truly is the consummate hostess.

TAY TEA | 159 Main St., Delhi

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