Ahh, tea! Is there anything better than getting home from a long, hard day and boiling the kettle for a relaxing hot brew? The answer is simple: no, there isn’t. Tea drinking, much like perfume sniffing, is one of life’s greatest sensory pleasures and with the wide variety of different blends, one can find a world of truly delicious treats with very little searching required.
So does that then mean that the mixture of both perfume and tea would make for an interesting blend? Venerable french perfume house Guerlain certainly seem to think so and with the revamping of their flagship store at no. 68 Champs Élysées they have launched a number of fragrant teas based on a handful their most inconic perfumes in conjunction with Les Thés de Constance.
The Guerlain fragrant teas are:
“A subtle blend of green and black teas from China and Sri Lanka, flavoured with vanilla, bergamot, cinnamon, lavender, and natural aromas of cardamom. This tea recalls the rich and compelling character of the very first Oriental perfume. A subtle blend of flowers and the sensual accents of wood and amber, Shalimar is the essence of love and glowing femininity. Rich in caffeine, Shalimar tea is energising and improves concentration.”
“A black tea that comes from the high montains ranges of India, mildly fruity and spicy, just like La Petite Robe Noire. A black tea bursting with character, whose strength is softened by a delicious hint of red berries and fragments of raspberry. Rich in caffeine, it is energising and excellent for concentration. This tea is best enjoyed in the morning or mid-afternoon, and can be prepared as a hot or cold infusion.”
“A black tea from China, the FTGFOP Aiguilles d’Or, is a superb tea from the Yunnan region. The buds take on a beautiful golden hue. Their strength and aroma suggest leather, honey, and the light smoky fragrance of Habit Rouge. Rich in caffeine, this tea is energising and stimulates the nervous system.”
“A white tea from China’s Fujian region, Bai Mu Dan, meaning “white peony”, is harvested once a year during springtime. It is made up of buds and the two first leaves of the tea bush, and has notes of citrus, weeping willow, honey and flowers. A delicate tea which immerses us in the freshness of Nerolia Bianca. This exceptional tea is hand sorted then dried naturally. Its colour evokes the silvery tinges of its leaves and the white down of its buds. White tea is purifying and fresh.”
“Taïwanese oolong Dong Ding, meaning “freezing mist of the mountains”, makes reference to the Dong Ding mountain where this tea is cultivated. It’s lovely rolled leaves bring to mind the delicious aromas of chestnut, honey and white flowers. L’Heure Bleue tea is perfect to drink at sundown, its calming qualities making it an ideal tea for drinking in the evening. It’s rich in antioxidants and has a cleansing effect on the body.”
“A chinese black tea, scented with orchid. The symbol of femininity throughout Asia, the orchid is known for its extraordinary longevity and the star ingredient of Orchidée Impériale. The addition of the orchid aroma to the black tea base has been made possible by a complex process which demands a perfect mastering of the dose to create the right balance, the subtle and perfect marriage between the tea and the flower ; the aromatisation of a tea is an art in itself. Orchidée Impériale tea is rich in caffeine, known for its concentration, boosting and energising properties.”
“A Chinese green tea perfumed with jasmine flowers. Cultivated in the Fujian region, this harvest contains buds of green tea delicately scented with jasmine flowers gathered in July. A subtle tea that brings to mind Liu, a flowery and exquisite perfume, a hymn to femininity and true love. Jasmine, known for its digestive qualities, is calming and soothing.”
They all sound very interesting, don’t they? I’m definitely wanting to get my hands on some Shalimar and La Petite Robe Noire tea – the spicy vanilla of the former and the dark cherry accents of the latter sounds like they would be most delicious indeed. But it’s black orchid tea of Orchidée Impériale that sounds most intriguing and one does wonder whether it would work as a drinkable blend.
The Guerlain teas are sold exclusively at Guerlain’s flagship boutique at no. 68 Champs Élysées. 60g of loose-leaf tea is €35.
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