Persolaise Review: Tea For Two from L'Artisan Parfumeur (Olivia Giacobetti; 2000)
I have no problem at all with the fact that brands need to streamline their portfolios every now and then, but I confess I wanted to curse the gods of scent when I discovered that Tea For Two would be discontinued. For several years, Olivia Giacobetti's unique composition has been a reliable companion. It never disappoints when I want to smell an olfactory representation of a strong cuppa. It reminds me of the importance of delicate, house-of-cards balancing acts in perfume composition. And it suggests that there are still a few interesting avenues that could be explored in the land of orientals. With its lapsang smokiness, chai spices and good old Twinings bitterness (served on a base of restrained vanillic notes) it makes a compelling brew, as enjoyable as it is unusual. It's no longer available at L'Artisan boutiques, but as it was only recently deleted, there should still be plenty of bottles available online. How to get one's hands on them - given the recent tightening of air mail rules - is another matter!
[Review based on a sample of eau de toilette obtained in 2012.]