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"Would you like an advanture now ...
... or shall we have tea first?"
This is the question "Alice in Wonderland" asks, and it fits well as a "hook" for this commentary.
It's not the right time for adventure, nor the right weather; changeable as it is today, it's better to stay at home.
The snow shower has moved off, but it is very blustery and a nice cup of tea is always appropriate.
For me, it's classic Darjeeling today, if only to better show off the flavors of the Easter egg-shaped macarons that a kind neighbor put in my Easter nest.
He knew that these have been on my wish list for some time, even without having read my comment on "Champs-Élysées" here.
"Tea for Two" by L'Artisan Parfumeur is anything but a classic.
Although the base is a smoky lapsang souchong tea that already has enough personality of its own, to create a special tea scent, bergamot and a rich assortment of "hot" spices were added.
I don't detect orange blossom, contrary to the scent pyramid here; gentian for spice and warmth I briefly perceive.
Particularly strongly dominates star anise (happy we are both rarely with each other) the spice mixture of allspice, cloves and cinnamon. All heat up properly.
Already by this "Tea for Two" is for me a fragrance for the cooler, even cold season.
Together with the smoky tea aroma creates a little oven on my skin, with ginger again something bizzles in the nose.
That's why the dose of honey does me good; it slightly mitigates the power of the spice front, which builds up in front of me like a big wave, though I can't ride it.
Tobacco goes into a good liaison with a not too strong, but still well suited to the fragrance development leather nuance.
Vanilla is another family member of the exotic spices; although already incorporated by the perfumers. She may not be missing, of course.
"Tea for Two" is a smoky-spicy fragrance composition, in which deep and both hands were reached into the spice box.
It reminds of a hot cup of tea, which can provide warmth and comfort at the right time.
Like all tea fragrances, this creation by L'Artisan Parfumeur is not too long-lasting, although it immediately spreads over a large area of the skin.
For me, this "tea scent expedition" was an adventure, and its spices presented me with great challenges. My pepper allergy claps its hands enthusiastically.
But that is by no means the sole determining criterion for the relatively low rating.
As a lover of classic teas and yet quite critical user of tea fragrances, has me "Tea for Two" just a bit overwhelmed.
I had to learn once again that even fragrances that are highly and lovingly rated are not necessarily for me.
So I prefer to stick to the old song of the same title:
"Picture you upon my knee, just tea for two and two for tea.
Just me and you and you and me, alone!"
And with that, invite "Old blue Eyes" Frank Sinatra to my private tea party: it'll be an adventure!