P. Seven - Tea perfume from Taiwan : fragrance

P. Seven – Tea perfume from Taiwan : fragrance

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Prime: Taiwanese cypress, Taiwanese fir, Frankincense

Coronary heart: Taiwanese oolong tea

Base: Spikenard, Musk, Taiwanese camphorwood, Patchouli, Tonka bean

I order two bottles of this fragrance from Taiwan. There may be solely a handful of fragrance makers there – historically individuals scented the setting by way of incense and never themselves – and this one from P. Seven might be probably the most well-known, but comparatively unknown exterior of Taiwan and Japan.

This identify of the scent is in Mandarin, and interprets to “Tea”. The pyramid above has been translated by me. There will be a number of notes there that the majority people will not be acquainted with.

The intention of the fragrance is to showcase the character and tradition of Taiwan, which has a predominantly Han Chinese language tradition which has been influenced by Japanese colonisation and shut ties with the American’s for the reason that final world battle. When it comes to nature, it’s a sub-tropical island filled with attention-grabbing flowers and bushes with scented timber – a lot fragrance substances to find, actually – however comparatively unknown in Western international locations. Most individuals will recognise Taiwan because the island of democratic Chinese language individuals, the main silicon chip making nation, and residential to the biggest {hardware} firm on this planet (Foxconn, they make your iPhones and Xboxs).

The scent has been designed with the highest notes representing the Taiwanese forest, the center of Jin Xuan oolong tea and a base of calligraphy ink. (Maintaining in thoughts that tea tradition and calligraphy artwork originated in China, whereby most Taiwanese have direct ancestry.)

The opening is a really convincing presentation of East Asian cypresses. Some individuals right here could also be acquainted with the scent of Hinoki, which is without doubt one of the many cypresses on this space. Considerably uncommon, a scent with woods main the way in which. Throughout the opening I additionally detect osmanthus and a extra balsamic observe which smells like a mixture of frankincense and freshly lower camphor laurel.

The guts is gorgeous. The closest rendition of top of the range tea I’ve smelled, exterior of me freshly brewing some hand-rolled oolong in my Vermilion Clay pot. Jin Xuan oolong is a calmly roasted oolong with a creamy, floral and grapefruit-y aroma, which has been captured right here very holistically. Tea snobs like myself will typically scent the ceramic ware after the tea dries up – backside of the cup, lid of the pot, typically a ceramic scenting spoon – and the aroma that outcomes from prime quality oolong is completely lovely, far more complicated and intoxicating than something man-made (sure, even area of interest perfumes)…so, I’m glad that this fragrance manages to seize a partial side of this.

The dry-down is the tea accord turning into much less creamy and floral, step by step over taken by an earthier, darker tone. The scent smells solely pure to me, and I might not be shocked to search out that important oils are closely used right here (particularly the cypresses and camphor, with which I’m intimately acquainted).

Projection and sillage is smooth to average.

The longevity, nevertheless, is under common, with the scent disappearing solely in 5 hours.

This scent would work effectively for all genders.

The presentation is improbable. Each the glass bottle and the wood base are hand-made in Taiwan, similar to the juice itself. The spray is excessive tech, supply exactly 0.05 mL of juice per spray.

Retailing at ~66 usd for a 22 mL bottle (translating to round $300 for 100 mL), inserting it firmly in the midst of area of interest pricing.

General, Tea is a very attention-grabbing olfactory expertise which additionally makes for slightly tradition journey. This has the very best East Asian cypress and oolong tea accords that I’ve smelled – and I declare to be a hobbyist in each. The smells right here ought to show attention-grabbing to most, being relatively completely different from European and American perfumes. The tea accord is completely lovely, solely bested by making prime quality oolong the normal method.

I might observe, nevertheless, the restricted longevity, small quantity bottling and better price per quantity implies that this fragrance is actually not for somebody on a funds.

If you’re , P. Seven does ship abroad. Additionally they do a number of different scents, which I have not but explored. I hope to have a assessment of one other Taiwanese fragrance quickly.

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