Until my friend and fellow perfume lover presented me with an early Christmas gift of Guerlain Shalimar and Habit Rouge teas, I had no idea that such a thing existed. I’m waiting till Christmas to open the box and try the tea, but I can’t resist taking whiffs from the tins and leafing through the booklet. The collection of fragrant teas matches several perfumes from Guerlain’s line, and it includes black and green tea varieties. It was created by Constance Braud, the founder of Thés de Constance, and is exclusive to the Guerlain flagship store.
Below are the excerpts from the brochure that accompanied my teas.
“A subtle blend of green and black teas from China and Sri Lanka, flavored with vanilla, bergamot, cinnamon, lavender, and natural aromas of cardamom. This tea recalls the rich and compelling character of the very first Oriental perfume.”
La Petit Robe Noire
“A black tea that comes from the high mountain 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 raspberries. Rich in caffeine, it is energizing and excellent for concentration.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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 [Guerlain's skincare range]. 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.”
“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.”
The tea collection is available at the Guerlain flagship store, 68 avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris. 35€. More information on the tea collection is available via luxsure.fr (in French).
Photography by Bois de Jasmin