Jo Malone Rare Teas is the Jo Malone entry into the mega size bottle -= 175 mls for $340 (memory, but that’s close). This is a great idea for Jo Malone and a missing hole in their line that has now been plugged with mondo bottles and some very nice tea fragrances.
- Darjeeling Tea – black tea, jasmine, freesia and davana. Leaning to a floral jasmine tea and more smoky than some of the others, darker owing to the black tea. None of these are the dark, chuffing tea that leaves black smokiness in its wake, but this is the most dark of the six. I also really liked this
- Golden Needle Tea – Yunnan tea buds, leather, spices, sandalwood and benzoin. I liked this one a lot because it was an interesting mix of notes that played differently than I normally expect from a tea fragrance. Mixing in a light leather, incense and spices with tea is pretty brilliant. It’s not a heavy leather or incense, it’s just this beautiful light touch of leather.
- Jade Leaf Tea – sencha tea, sesame seeds, pomelo and frankincense. Brighter because of the pomelo, but, again, an interesting use of notes around tea. While it wasn’t a favorite, I really liked it a lot because it kept my interest with the sesame-seeded incense.
- Midnight Leaf Tea – pu-erh tea, vanilla, labdanum and guaiac wood. My absolute favorite of the bunch. It’s not as dark and smoky as you might think, it’s more like a gourmand tea – think tea with a dab of vanilla and incense floating around in it. Not sweet, just perfect
- Oolong Tea – oolong, bitter cocoa, tobacco leaf and tonka bean. Another big favorite of this group. Leans gourmand, the cocoa and tobacco leaf pull it back from being sweet, though, and it ends up being so rich and a thing to lose yourself in. This wound up being my very favorite (it took me to getting to the end of writing it to declare it so!). Oolong is so gorgeous, and it makes me deliriously happy.
- Silver Needle Tea – white tea, bergamot and rose. A very light tea fragrance with a lovely rose note (reminds me of the Lancome rose, can’t remember the name, the blue one). Soft, a little citrus tea rose.
My conclusion about the Jo Malone Rare Teas – this was so fun. Mix, match, enjoy and roll around in all the tea loveliness. Some were more favored than others, but I really did like all of them. If you prefer your teas gourmand, you’ll find a couple to really love. If you like a floral tea, there’s a couple that are perfect. I thought this collection was really well done.
No bathroom pictures yet. It’s done! But I have the finishing touches – painting the primed walls, getting the rugs and new towels, getting mirrors cut and up, etc., so I want to save the big reveal for the complete finish.
Winners of the Prada Olfactories (two samples) – Vanie, Sherobin, and Katherine (first commenter on that post, if there is more than one katherine that comments). Just click on Drop Us a Note at the top, send me an e-mail, remind me of what you won and get me your mailing address. I’ll send you a quick e-mail to let you know I got your e-mail and it didn’t land in a spam filter and then get it on the way to you.
So if you had to pick just one Jo Malone Rare Tea to try, which would it be? I’ll do a giveaway to two commenters a sample set of all six of the Jo Malone Rare Teas.