One is sure to expect the love for all things scented from the one obsessed with fragrance. If you add a cultural disposition to tea drinking by gallons to this, then the result is a love for all kinds of scented beverages. Although often a cup of smoky lapsang souchong, refreshing sencha or delicate white tea is perfect by itself, flavored tea can be a nice treat, especially if the flavors are subtle and blended in order to accent the scent of the tea leaf, as opposed to scream “synthetic strawberry.” …
If Le Palais des Thés, a French tea importer that started out as a group of fifty tea enthusiasts, were to make their Thé du Hammam into a fragrance, I would not hesitate about buying a bottle. The blend of rose and orange blossom is accented by tart green dates. The base of astringent and slightly bitter Chinese green tea provides a perfect counterpoint to the rich roses and tart red currants. Summer mornings are not the same without a cup of this mélange inspired by a traditional Turkish recipe. Better still, it can be served chilled, thus making a perfect summer drink.
A recent addition to the line has been a Thé du Hammam candle, which is packaged in a cobalt blue glass and offers about 50 hours of burning pleasure. The scent is true to the tea, although the rose and dates notes are heavier. The lovely fragrance lingers softly after the candle has been lit, yet the throw is potent enough to make it a worthwhile addition to my candle repertoire.
If you are a tea lover, Le Palais des Thés selection would definitely be a delight, ranging from the most unusual of white teas to Grand Yunnan Impérial, which is known as “the coffee of tea.” In the States, tea ($13 per 100g) and candle ($66) are available from Le Palais des Thés Los Angeles store (call 310 271 79 22 for a mail order). The products and the catalogue are available at Le Palais des Thés, for viewing and ordering.