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Bohea Bohème captures the smoldering delicacy of the distinctive tea cultivated in the Wuyi Mountains of China. The precious Bohea Tea, fumed with pinewood, is prized for its complex aroma and rich character.
Resins and precious woods accentuate the Bohea Tea, while facets of fresh, sweet and earthy notes alight on the palette. Bright and spicy accords of Bergamot and Sichuan Pepper arrive with the powdery elegance of Florentine Iris and the fruity florals of Osmanthus Absolute, as dry Hay and subtle green notes of Geranium surface.
The warmth of the scent deepens and lingers as the sophisticated tea is steeped in nutty Amber, honeyed Poplar buds and an infusion of Balsams, Oakwood, and Gaiac. What transpires is a luxurious woody fragrance with a balsamic vibrato, unconventional and seductive.
Notes: Italian Bergamot, Cardamom Absolute, Florentine Iris, Blue Chamomile, Poplar Bud Absolute, Fir Balsam Fraction, Boxtree absolute, Geranium Absolute, Black tea oil, Smoked Juniper, Oakwood absolute, Sandalwood India, Beeswax Absolute, Bay leaf Absolute.
On me, Bohea Boheme opens green and herbal (must be the juniper), like tea plantations after the rain- but this phase is short-lived. Within moments, there's hints of citrusy bergamot, and the cardamom starts to appear- fresh green pods to start, slowly evolving into the enchanting aromatic, warmer, spicy version that reminds me of (indian/arabic) desserts and the stuff in my pantry. At about the thirty minute mark, the cinnamon note is at its most prominent, and the smoky tea (and tobacco? and maybe leather?) notes slowly start taking over. Over the next couple of hours, the cinnamon starts to slowly fade (but never really goes away) and what is left is a comforting smoky warm woodsy base. The smoke starts to fade past the two hour mark. The drydown is a honeyed wood that isn't terribly unique or different, but is oh-so-comforting nonetheless.
If I didn't know this was a "tea" fragrance, it wouldn't have crossed my mind, but there's definitely lots of hints of black tea in the mid and drydown phase (definitely more Earl Grey than the earthy, vegetal oolong I was expecting).
This is a decidedly unisex fragrance that leans masculine (given all the smokey, leathery notes), but not overwhelmingly so. Lasts a good few hours, but hangs closer to the skin compared to some of the other aromatic woody fragrances in my arsenal. Sillage and projection may be helped by a couple extra sprays, but in my mind, this really is a perfume one wears on a quiet, cold winter day while curling up with a good book.
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