Tea Leaves are not exclusively harvested for drinking when visiting Nanna. Not the rare ones anyway. From the foothills of Japan to the dry frostbitten hills of the Himalayas, these revered tea leaves were handpicked and over centuries of craftsmanship, reinterpreted into original fragrances. London-based Jo Malone has brought together teas for six exquisite fragrances, each encased in the pure incandescence of its bottle.
Delicately floral, supple and velvety, softest Silver Needle Tea is grown in the lush valleys of Fujian, China. Enriched with opulent rose, tender with sage and enveloping musk, it’s a glistening, romantic tea infusion. Just don’t tell the imperial family. Jade Leaf Tea originates from bright buds grown in the cool sea breeze of the southern island of Kyushu, Japan. The master perfumer’s steamed the buds to preserve their distinct green colour and flavour. Textured with sesame, hints of pomelo, this is a crisp and invigorating tea. Darjeeling Tea is richly floral with an exotic sweetness. It’s found high in the foothills of the Himalayas. Luminous with jasmine and cool with freesia, the apricot notes of Indian davana are heady and sublime.
Oolong Tea is rounded with a buttery softness. Grown in the rolling mountains of Jiangsu, China, it’s handpicked, dried on bamboo and heated for a precious woody elegance. Rich with bitter cocoa and almondy-tonka bean and sweet with tobacco leaf, Oolong is a cocooning and creamy infusion. Golden Needle Tea has notes of leather and spice. Handpicked and withered in the cloud-veiled mountains of Yunnan, China, It’s a dark and mysterious tea. Finally, Midnight Black Tea is deeply seductive and intrinsically exotic. Also hailing from the Yunnan province, the sun-drenched tea leaves are ever more intoxicating with time. Vanilla and smoky, Midnight Black is a rich and alluring rare tea.
Jo Malone Rare Teas will be available from April 9, 2017, from Major Department stores and Sydney-siders can also pick them up from Jo Malone London boutiques in Mosman and Woollahra.