Okay. This has nothing to do with the post but I have to share because we all need a giggle every now and then. Probably everyone in the Western World has heard Carl Orff’s ‘O Fortuna’ from Carmina Burana. Besides traditional venues it’s been used in commercials and films for the past decade, to great (and sometimes hysterical) effect.
But have you any idea what is actually being said in the song? Unless you are a Latin scholar or a music major, probably not. So most of us just jam along to the thumping, mythological vibe, unaware that it is, basically One Big Whine (and that’s fine – if you’re gonna whine, GO BIG!!!)
But let’s dispense with the whine. Let’s go instead with Windmill Cookies. I defy anyone to watch this and not blow your morning tea out your nose! You’ve been warned. You’re welcome.
Okay – NOW to the post. Yesterday I got a little package of wonderful teas from a lovely, generous friend. I’m not much of a tea drinker, mostly because I forget about it all the time .I have an entire cupboard of teas and am always startled when I open the door, as if they just leapt out of the space/time contiuum and into my cabinet. Most of them are pretty prosaic – lots of herbal teas for calming my nerves and my temper, some peppermint because I like it, and my vaunted Constant Comment decaf for a glass of iced tea under the umbrella (I’m growing orange mint just for those times~ yum!) So when A told me she was sending teas I was all “oh..joy” …
..and then I got the package. Two ziploc bags. Both Mariage Freres. Okay- I admit it. I thought you Mariage lovers were freaks. ….and then I got the package. First tea: Marco Polo(black tea). I have no intention of brewing this tea. Just the smell alone is terrifying. I would spend all my discretionary simoleans on tea!!! It is one of the most beautiful smells I’ve ever encountered. I opened the package (not the ziploc bag – the mailing package) and this gorgeous scent perfumed the entire room!
Second tea; l’Opera (green tea). Another fabulous scent. How do you people drink this stuff? Why aren’t you steeping it into bathwater and soaking in it? I say forget the pomanders and sachets. I would put some loose tea in a bowl (or a tea bag in a closet) and be the happiest gal on the block!
Which brings me to perfume. I was chatting with Patty about this miraculous stuff and we got to yarking about tea in perfume. It is official – we are Evil Tea Twins. Here are my choices: Cartier Fougueuse, with that sunny hay and mate thing. Bulgari au The Vert, which was probably the gateway drug for most tea-scent lovers, all lute-like and greeny-gray, with that slight Earl Grey vibe…and my Number One Tea Scent: Agraria Bitter Orange which is pretty much Constant Comment in a bottle, the epitome of summer refreshment.
Patty goes over to the dark side – hard. Her choices are smokin’ hot, like Satan’s Afternoon Cuppa. Commes des Garcons – as she says “the ‘black’ part of Bulgari Black. Pitch, smoky tea” CBIHP Cedarwood Tea, which she says is more woodsy than tea but the tea is definitely running through there. Yet another earthy, dark tea scent.
Jo Malone’s tea scents. I prefer the Earl Grey and Cucumber, she prefers the Assam and Grapefruit which is smoky, with the grapefruit giving it a bit of piquancy.
So she’s the Smokin’ Hot SmokyTeaQueen. And I am her watery handmaiden. I wonder which of these Mariages she would prefer? I swear, somebody should make perfumes out of these!
So let’s talk tea: are there tea scents you love? Are there teas you love that you think would make phenomenal perfumes? I’m sorely tempted to use these as potpourri. Is that sacrilege? Is an army of teaphiles going to show up with flaming cudgels?
And most important: are you now craving Windmill cookies?
graphic: O Fortuna misheard lyrics from wimp.com
teas: I ain’t tellin’